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Ph.D. Studentships in Experimental Particle Physics

University of Birmingham
Birmingham, UK
Posting live until
18 Jul 2024

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The Birmingham Particle Physics group is looking for candidates to join our group as PhD students in the academic year 2024/2025.

The Physics Department is one of the largest physics departments in the country with a high profile for research both in the UK and internationally, covering a wide range of topics offering exciting challenges at the leading edge of physics and astronomy.

The Particle Physics group is one of the oldest in the country and currently has around 40 academic and support staff members and 25 PhD students. Our present activities include ATLAS and LHCb at the LHC, NA62 on the CERN SPS, and the DUNE future long-baseline neutrino experiment. The group has growing activities on light dark matter searches, includingnovel detectors for the NEWS-G experiment and preparation for DarkSide-20k, a strong R&D programme on silicon detectors for the LHC Upgrade and beyond, and for Medical Physics applications, and is heavily involved in the development of experimental facilities at future colliders. We have a 200 m2 set of clean room facilities for silicon detector R&D and construction and maintain a significant Tier 2 site on the UK GridPP contribution to LHC world-wide distributed computing. Our members lead several high-profile physics analyses in ATLAS, NA62 and LHCb, pursue ground-breaking research in detector and electronics development, and are leaders in public engagement.

Opportunities this year include projects in:

o the ATLAS, NA62 and LHCb experiments;

o development of silicon detectors for LHC upgrades and beyond, and medical applications;

o work towards future colliders (electron-proton/ion colliders, electron-positron and proton-proton colliders);

o detectors for light dark matter searches at NEWS-G and DarkSide-20k.

For further information please visit:

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Miriam Watson (

Applications are welcome at all times and must be submitted using the link above. Fully-funded places may be available, but these are primarily for UK nationals and EU nationals with (pre-)settled status.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is an Institute of Physics Juno Champion since 2014 and holder of the Athena SWAN Silver Award. Both initiatives recognise the School’s commitment to promote diversity and equality, and to encourage better practice for all members of the community, whilst also working towards developing an equitable working culture in which all students and staff can achieve their full potential. We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented groups in physics and astronomy including, but not limited to, women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic.

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