The long-established RHUL ATLAS group is renowned for its expertise in physics (Higgs, top quark and exotic signatures involving electrons), statistical methods as well as trigger and data acquisition systems. The group is also heavily involved in the upcoming upgrades of the detector in view of the High-Luminosity running of the LHC.
The successful candidate will make use of the Run 2 dataset at the LHC (13 TeV collisions) to apply novel statistical and machine learning methods to the observation of the Higgs boson produced in association with top quark decays. This Higgs channel is crucial for measuring the coupling between the Higgs and the top quark and thereby testing the consistency of the Standard Model. Studies related to the future Run 3 data (14 TeV) will also be carried out.
In addition, PhD students in the RHUL ATLAS group contribute to the operation and development of the ATLAS experiment at CERN.
The funding normally comes with the possibility for Long Term Attachment funds to work at CERN for up to 2 years during the PhD.