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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

Job Details:

Title:PhD studentship on frontier detectors and trigger/DAQ for future colliders
Location:Sussex U.
Contact:Clark Griffith
Closing Date:2021-03-31

Job Description:

The worldwide particle physics community is gearing up for the construction of a new electron-positron collider. This machine will give unprecedented precision for the measurement of crucial Standard Model parameters, particularly the Higgs boson, and have interesting prospects for the discovery of new physics phenomena. The challenges coming from a completely new e+ e- collider call for frontier detectors. The Sussex Collider group is part of a 4-year international EU network (AIDAInnova) and is leading the UK effort in two crucial areas of the R&D for future colliders: the development of a novel concept of calorimeter, which will allow measuring hadronic signals with high resolution; and the development of Trigger and Data Acquisition platforms for the R&D of novel detectors, including the monitoring of signals from different detector prototypes at test beams. 

A funded studentship on the AIDAInnova project is available to work on these two aspects of the R&D for future colliders, under the joint supervision of Prof Fabrizio Salvatore and Prof Iacopo Vivarelli. Funding includes a tax-free bursary (expected to be £15,560 per annum in 2021/22) and fees for 3.5 years at the home-student level. UK students are eligible for home tuition fees, as are EU students with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Outstanding students not eligible for home fees will be considered for a partial tuition fee waiver above that level. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in February and March initially and will continue until positions are filled.

The project for this studentship will focus on three main aspects: 
  • The development and test of the optical readout of a novel dual-readout calorimeter prototype, which will be extensively tested at beam tests at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) and DESY (Hamburg, Germany) for the duration of the project;
  • The development of generic data acquisition software tools to be deployed on the calorimeter and generalised to other detectors tested on the beam lines during the R&D of detector prototypes; 
  • The development and application of particle flow techniques to simulated calorimeter data for the determination of calorimeter resolutions and general physics studies for future collider experiments.

The ideal candidate would have some experience in C++ and python programming, and knowledge of particle interaction with matter. The candidate will be ideally positioned to make a large impact in this sector, also through close contact with the other nodes of the network and with CERN- and DESY-based experts (For further information on the project please contact the project supervisors: Prof Salvatore, p.f.salvatore@sussex.ac.uk, Prof Vivarelli, i.vivarelli@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 the EPP-AIDAInnova studentship.

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