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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

Job Details:

Title:Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers: Short-term Studentship Opportunities in the Physics and Techniques of Event Generators - rolling programmme
Location:Manchester U.
Contact:Seymour, Michael
Closing Date:2020-09-30

Job Description:

MCnetITN3, an H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) is now accepting applications for its short-term studentship programme for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). Aimed at students already studying for a PhD in experimental or theoretical particle physics who would benefit from a short-term research project in an MCnetITN3 team, these studentships are tenable for a period of three to six months. Applications can be made at any time.

As a training network MCnet is dedicated to developing and supporting Monte Carlo event generators which are central to high energy particle physics and training the next generation of event generator authors. Monte Carlo event generators are used by almost all experimental collaborations to plan their experiments and analyse their data, and by theorists to simulate the complex final states of fundamental interactions that may signal new physics.

MCnet research is focussed on developing the general-purpose event generators Herwig, Sherpa, Pythia and Madgraph, related more specialised generators such as Vincia, HEJ, Ariadne, DIPSY and Angantyr, and related projects such as Rivet, Professor, HepMC and Contur. Short-term studentship projects can include experimental PhD students contributing to the development, verification, tuning or exploitation of a new event generator feature related to their analysis or to the development of new features of Rivet, HepMC or other tools; theoretical PhD students who wish to implement some calculation they have made or model they have developed into an event generator; or computing PhD students who wish to work on optimisation of event generators for modern computing paradigms.

These studentships offer an opportunity to enhance your current programme of research on a Monte Carlo-related topic by performing it in collaboration with the academics, postdocs and fellow students of the MCnet network, in the environment of one of the research teams of the network.

MCnetITN3 provides annual Schools on the physics and techniques of event generators and one training event each year. Successful applicants will be encouraged to attend these events.

Short-term ESR studentships are available at the University of Manchester, Durham University, University of Glasgow and University College London in the UK; Lund University, Sweden; Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium; and University of Göttingen and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.

Studentship projects may involve short visits to the European Partners of MCnetITN3: CERN and Heidelberg (Germany) and other groups with whom MCnetITN3 members collaborate, but may not be based full-time there.

Eligibility criteria


We  are looking for excellent and highly motivated candidates who are registered for a PhD in experimental or theoretical particle physics whose current research would benefit from a short period of integration into the MCnetITN3 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network and who satisfies the requirements to be a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher.


As the project is funded within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), researchers can be of any nationality but need to demonstrate transnational mobility.


To be eligible applicants must satisfy the requirements that apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers, therefore on the date of appointment (their start date) applicants:

  • o must not have more than 4 years’ research experience
  • o must not hold a PhD
  • o must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the country where the post is based for more than 12 months in the previous 36 months.


Selection process


This short-term studentship programme is a rolling programme and applications received will be considered at intervals until approximately June 2020. To apply to this programme please complete the MCnetITN3 network application on the MCnet website.

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