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Developing improved theoretical models for LHC particle collisions in the form of explicit Monte Carlo models.

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  • Full or part time
    Dr P Skands
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

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 Monte Carlo models, involving theoretical and phenomenological aspects. Main topics include:
◾The PYTHIA event generator
◾Particle physics phenomenology at LHC and beyond.
◾Precision calculations and Monte Carlo modelling of perturbative QCD.
◾String fragmentation, multi-parton interactions, and particle spectra.
◾Experimental constraints and model tests.
There will also be possibilities to obtain funding for a 3-6 month research stay in Europe via the MCnet Innovative Training Network in which Monash participates as an Associate Partner.

Funding Notes

Interested applicants must meet Monash University's PhD minimum entry requirements. See the following links:
◾English Language Proficiency: https://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/faqs-and-resources/content/chapter-two/2-2
◾Academic Qualifications: https://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/faqs-and-resources/content/chapter-two/2-1
Note that the qualifications above are the bare minimum required to apply for PhD studies at Monash University. Additional selection criteria apply to the scholarship advertised here, including a major in physics with high marks in subjects related to particle physics and computational physics, and relevant research experience. Applicants will typically need to obtain at least a 1st class Honours degree or equivalent high marks for their MSc.

References

For the interested student, the following papers may give an idea of the kinds of specific research topics pursued in the group recently:
◾Second-order corrections to parton showers: http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1611.00013
◾The Monte Carlo veto algorithm and parton-shower uncertainties: http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1605.08352
◾Fragmentation of QCD strings: http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1505.01681
◾The PYTHIA Monte Carlo event generator: http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1410.3012
◾Lecture Notes from a PhD summer-school course on QCD and Monte Carlo generators: http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1207.2389
◾Explaining the role of quantum coherence for a tricky observable: http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1205.1466
◾Setting constraints on event-generator parameters: http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1005.3457


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