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University of Sussex PhD studentship on BSM contributions to processes with top and bottom quarks in ATLAS

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Lacking clear signals of physics beyond the Standard Model, it is crucial to investigate whether small BSM physics contributions may affect either rare or kinematically difficult Standard Model processes. Focusing mainly on the associated production of top and bottom quarks with vector bosons or missing transverse momentum from the production of invisible dark matter particles, the candidate will develop a strategy to use search techniques together with inclusive and differential cross section measurements sensitive to different BSM processes, also using the framework of Standard Model Effective Field Theories. Given the current limits, advanced analysis techniques, possibly involving the use of machine learning techniques, will have to be explored. The ATLAS-Sussex group has a remarkable track record in investigating new physics connected with third generation quarks, in particular in the area of supersymmetry and dark matter production. The group has also had significant contributions in all measurements of ttZ production in three-lepton final states performed so far in ATLAS: profiting from this, the candidate will be ideally positioned to make a large impact in this sector, also through close contact with CERN-based experts.

For more details about the project, please contact Prof. Iacopo Vivarelli: ).

For practical questions about applications and/or eligibility for funding, please contact

For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Dr. W. Clark Griffith:

Applications: state in the Finance section of the online form that you are applying for STFC EPP studentships.

Funding Notes

Funding is available to UK and EU nationals for a September 2020 start. Funded studentships cover a tax-free bursary (£15,009 per annum in 2019/20) and home/EU fees for 3.5 years. Additional financial support is provided to cover short-term and long-term travel. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in February and March. We also welcome applications from self-funded non-EU students interested in our experimental programme.

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