The Particle Physics Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) has a number of fully funded PhD studentship places available to start in September 2021.
The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is the UK's national laboratory for large-scale physics, including particle physics. RAL is part of Harwell's science and technology campus located just south of Oxford. We have a large research group working on numerous projects, ranging from collider experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC at CERN) to neutrino experiments in US and Japan, as well as the search for Dark Matter and R&D for medical applications. Our present activities are on ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, Hyper-K, T2K, DUNE, Hyper-Kamiokande, and LZ. Our department consists of around 70 scientific and technical staff members, many of whom have leading roles in these experiments. We contribute to the data analysis and operation of ongoing experiments; work closely together with engineers and technicians at RAL on R&D for future detectors; and develop, build and commission new detectors and their corresponding electronics in close collaboration with the UK community. For example, we built part of the ATLAS tracking detector, the CMS electro-magnetic calorimeter and the LHCb RICH detector. At RAL we also host the Tier 1 site as part of the UK contribution to LHC world-wide distributed computing.
Working in a national laboratory will allow students to get a broad overview of the field and be involved in both the physics and hardware activities as well as providing exposure to other areas of science undertaken at RAL. Students will be registered at a partner University for their PhD, and will be co-supervised by RAL and University academics. Frequent travel to the experimental sites will be expected.
PhD studentships are available on
- AION - Towards Atom Interferometry with Ultracold Strontium Atoms for the detection of Dark Matter and Gravitational Waves
- ATLAS - Parallelising the ATLAS Trigger and Run 3 physics analysis
- Dark Matter - R&D for next generation dark matter experiments at the Boulby Underground Laboratory
- DUNE - Development of data acquisition software and physics studies
- Hyper-K - Hyper-Kamiokande Project
- LhARA - the Laser-hybrid Accelerator for Radiobiological Application
- LHCb - Beauty mesons as a probe of new physics
Qualifications and personal qualities
- Hold a master's degree (MPhys / MSci / MPhil) or the equivalent in physics (1st or 2.1), or must be finishing soon
- Be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and demonstrate good collaborative skills
- Be proficient in both written and oral English
- Be eligible for the UK home fee status unless stated otherwise for a given studentship (only relevant for LHCb project) or in case you are an international student you must have access to your own funding to pay full fees at international level
How to apply
Your application must include
- A brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position
- Your CV
- Copies of your academic transcript
- A list of any works of a scientific nature published by yourself
- The names and contact information of the two referees you have asked to send a reference letter. One of these should be your academic tutor or final year project advisor
Applicants should send their application with the information requested above to PAPPDDirector@stfc.ac.uk. They should also state in which projects they are interested in. In addition, they should arrange for two reference letters to be sent to the same address. The application deadline is extended to January 31, 2021. Late applications will be considered until all positions are filled. An open day at RAL will take place in February 2021.
For further information please visit:
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Monika Wielers (Monika.Wielers@stfc.ac.uk) or to the specific project supervisors to be found in the above mentioned webpage.