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PhD Student Scholarship in Particle Physics Phenomenology

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S M Farrington
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

With funding from Monash University and the Monash-Warwick Alliance Development Fund, the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University is offering a new three-year PhD student scholarship in Particle Physics Phenomenology (extendable to 3.5 years), focusing on physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

Theorise at Monash, experiment at Warwick/CERN
The student will be based primarily at Monash University’s Clayton campus in Melbourne, Australia and supervised by Associate Professor Peter Skands from the Theoretical Physics group. The research program focuses on developing improved theoretical models for LHC particle collisions in the form of explicit computer simulations involving theoretical and phenomenological aspects. Main topics include:

Monte Carlo event generators
Particle physics phenomenology at LHC and beyond
Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD): theory and models
String fragmentation, multi-parton interactions, and particle spectra.

Through the Monash Warwick Alliance component of this scholarship, the student will have the exceptional opportunity to join the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s LHC, by association with the Elementary Particle Physics group at Warwick University. The main supervisors at Warwick are Associate Professor Sinead Farrington and Dr Tim Martin, both in the Elementary Particle Physics group. The Warwick component of the research program will focus on developing and performing direct experimental tests of the theoretical models being developed at Monash, using ATLAS data. The student will have the unique possibility to both develop and test collider physics models, using real data.

The Monash Warwick Alliance funding includes additional travel support for collaboration and exchange visits to the UK and/or CERN. The student will participate in the activities of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP) in Australia, in which the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University is one of four collaborating top Australian research universities. The other partners are the Universities of Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide, which all host theoretical and experimental (ATLAS) particle physics groups. The student will also interact closely with other staff members in the theoretical physics group at Monash University, including Associate Professor Csaba Balazs and several post-doctoral research associates, in addition to other staff and students at the School of Physics and Astronomy.

For more information, see http://skands.web.cern.ch/skands/mwa/.

Funding Notes

For Australian students, this Monash Warwick Alliance scholarship is equivalent to a standard PhD student scholarship of AUD$25.5k per year, with an additional small supplementary travel budget for collaboration and exchange visits to the UK / CERN.

Students from overseas are also highly encouraged to apply. A separate (additional) scholarship must be secured to pay the Monash tuition fee for non-Australian nationals. For more information, see http://skands.web.cern.ch/skands/mwa/

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