PhD studentship on ATLAS top-antitop plus vector boson final state analysis




U. Sussex (main)


Clark Griffith

Closing Date:


Deadline: January 31st, 2022


Applications are invited to join the Sussex experimental particle physics team working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. The student will work under the main supervision of Dr Kate Shaw. 

The Sussex ATLAS group has had a long standing and significant involvement in the final state top-antitop plus vector boson analyses to search for New Physics beyond the Standard Model. The focus of the PhD project will be to significantly contribute to these efforts using ATLAS Run-3 data of the LHC expected to start taking data in 2022. The successful applicant will be trained in advanced analysis techniques and in data science, such as in machine learning, and apply them to develop dedicated analyses. The student will spend a fraction of their time on technical tasks that are well aligned with Sussex’s institutional responsibility on the ATLAS trigger, and working in operations in the control room of the ATLAS detector at CERN. The student will also have the opportunity to be trained in world leading science communication and outreach, specialising in Open Science and Open Data, and have the opportunity to develop and implement innovative international outreach programmes.

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 Dr Kate Shaw: kate.shaw@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