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PhD studentship on precision flavour physics measurements with the ATLAS detector

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, July 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A three-and-a-half year studentship for a UK or EU student which covers fees and living expenses.
You will receive fully-funded tuition fees for 3 and a half years (at the UK/EU rate), a tax free bursary for living costs for 3 and a half years. For 2018/19 this is £14,777 per year and a research training support grant for 3 and a half years of £1,250 per year
PhD project:
A 3-and-a-half year PhD position is available in in the Sussex Experimental Particle Physics Group.

Precision measurements in known sectors of the Standard Model can pinpoint discrepancies with respect to its predictions, therefore producing indications of new physics. The flavour sector is one of the richest well-modelled precision domains where hints of discrepancies are being investigated. Thanks to the high luminosity provided by the LHC, the ATLAS experiment can achieve unprecedented precision in some of these measurements. The Sussex ATLAS group is currently involved in the search for the very rare disintegration of B mesons into two muons, as well as exploring lepton flavour violation-related observables. You will build on the experience of the existing Sussex ATLAS group analyses in the flavour sector and additional indirect searches for new physics. The efficient collection of large samples is the foundation for detection of such effects with sufficient sensitivity. You will therefore participate also in the development of the ATLAS trigger High Luminosity upgrade. Due to the centrality of CERN-based activities in this project, frequent and possibly also extended trips to CERN and collaborating institutes are envisaged.

Detailed eligibility criteria
To be eligible you must: be a UK/European Union (EU) student who has been resident in the UK/EU for at least three years and have or expect to have a UK undergraduate/master’s degree, or equivalent, in Physics or a related subject.
We also welcome applications from self-funded non-EU students interested in our experimental programme

Apply online at

Select the PhD in Physics with a September 2019 start date.

In the Finance section, you should enter the name of the studentship, which is: precision flavour physics measurements with the ATLAS detector

Be sure to supply all of the required documents, particularly your transcripts and the details of two referees.

Due to the high volume of applications received, you may only hear from us if your application is successful

The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found so you should apply as soon as you are able to.

Contact: For practical questions about applications and/or eligibility for funding, please contact Rebecca Foster at:

For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Dr. W. Clark Griffith: or the supervisor of this project, Prof Alessandro Cerri

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