ATLAS PhD studentship on the search for BSM physics in electroweak SUSY




Sussex U.


Clark Griffith

Closing Date:


Deadline: January 31st, 2022


The Sussex ATLAS group is one of the leaders in the search for BSM physics in Electroweak Supersymmetry (SUSY) models. The successful applicant for this project will lead the search for SUSY in ATLAS data with specific emphasis on the production of SUSY particles via Vector Boson Fusion (VBF) and Initial State Radiation (ISR). These events are characterised by final states with two taus, one or two jets, and missing energy, coming from the decay of the SUSY particles, and are expected to hold competitive sensitivities for SUSY searches in Run-3 of the Large Hadron Collider (expected to start in Spring 2022), as well as at the future High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC). The student will apply new data science techniques (ML, MVAs, etc) and/or identify new variables, as well as study possible new triggers for the analysis. In addition to the data analysis work, the student will take part in the ATLAS Detector operations through work on the ATLAS Trigger system. The Sussex group is leading the ATLAS Inner Detector (ID) trigger system and has major involvement in the ATLAS Electron/Photon Trigger (EGamma), and the student will work on the development, testing and commissioning of trigger algorithms or trigger scale factors during Run 3 of the ATLAS experiment.

Funding is available for a September 2022 start which includes a tax-free bursary (£15,560 per annum in 2021/22) and fully paid tuition 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 initially and will continue until positions are filled. Applications from self-funded students interested in available projects are also welcome at any time of the year.

For more details about the project, please contact Prof Fabrizio Salvatore: P.F.Salvatore@sussex.ac.uk.
For practical questions about applications and/or eligibility for funding, please contact mps-pgrsupport@sussex.ac.uk
For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Dr W. Clark Griffith: W.C.Griffith@sussex.ac.uk
Please state in the Finance section of the online form that you are applying for STFC EPP studentships.

Contact: Clark Griffith

Letters of Reference should be sent to: w.c.griffith@sussex.ac.uk