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PhD Studentship on BSM Contributions to Processes with Top Quarks in ATLAS

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

A fully funded PhD studentship is available to join the Sussex team working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Lacking clear signals of physics beyond the Standard Model, it is crucial to investigate whether small new physics contributions may affect rare Standard Model processes. Focusing mainly on the associated production of top quarks with vector bosons, the candidate will further develop a strategy to use inclusive and differential cross section measurements sensitive to different contributions in 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 in association with tops and bottoms. 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 role of the group, the candidate will be ideally positioned to make large impact in this sector, also through close contact with CERN-based experts.

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. Iacopo Vivarelli:

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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