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PhD studentship on Precision Flavour Physics Measurements with the ATLAS Detector

University of Sussex

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Falmer
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th January 2019
Closes: 14th April 2019

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 is available to UK and EU nationals for a September 2019 start. Funded studentships cover a tax-free bursary (£14,777 per annum in 2018/19) 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.

For more details about the project, please contact Prof. Alessandro Cerri:

For practical questions about applications and/or eligibility for funding, please contact Rebecca Foster at:

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


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