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PhD studentship on precision flavour physics measurements with the ATLAS detector

School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

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About the Project

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.

Funding Notes

• Fully-paid tuition fees for three and a half years
• A tax-free bursary for living costs for three and a half years. From October 2021/22 this is expected to be £15609 per year
• A support grant for three and a half years of £1250 per year for travel and conferences
• If you are not a UK national, nor an EU national with UK settled/pre-settled status, you will need to apply for a student study visa before admission


For more details about the project, please contact Prof. Alessandro Cerri
For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Dr. W. Clark Griffith:
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