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Type of employment: Limit of tenure, 4 years Extent: 100 % Location: Department of Physics, Division of Particle Physics, Lund First day of employment: as soon as possibleOfficial Records Number: NPA
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is the world's most powerful accelerator, and one of the experiments exploring its data is the ATLAS (atlas.ch) detector, one of two general purpose detectors installed around the ring. Here the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012, a verification of the last component in our current knowledge of particle physics, the Standard Model. Now our primary goal is to discover phenomena beyond the Standard Model, to expand our knowledge and hopefully become able to answer some of the large questions remaining about our understanding of Nature, questions such as: What is the source(s) of the observed asymmetry between matter and anti-matter in the Universe? Are the quarks and leptons really fundamental particles? What is Dark Matter and Dark Energy? Do the known forces unify at high energies? The LHC now runs with almost double the previous energy, and we are looking for a PhD student to join us in the searches for new physics in the new data from the ATLAS experiment.
The main task will be to perform research but also the completion of graduate coursework will be required. The successful candidate will work with analysis of ATLAS data, in particular with lepton production at the highest energies. In the case of positive signals to identify their origins, and possible connection to some of the unanswered questions, and if fully consistent with the Standard Model, to demonstrate which suggested theories that can be excluded. The activities are located at the Department of Physics at Lund University. However, frequent visits to CERN will be required.The successful candidate would have the possibility to help with supervising Master's and Bachelor's students.
A formal requirement for doctoral studies in physics is:
Furthermore, the acceptance is based on the student's estimated ability to complete the postgraduate studies.
The applicant must be fluent in English.
The applicant should preferably have followed advanced courses in particle physics or related fields.
The evaluation of eligibility is based on the expected ability of the student to perform well in the studies. The evaluation is based primarily on the results of studies at the basic and advanced levels, in particular:
1. Knowledge and skills relevant to postgraduate studies within the research area, such
as a broad and thorough preparation in physics. This can be documented by appended
2. Estimated ability to work independently and the ability to formulate and solve
scientific questions. This ability can be established, for example, based on
undergraduate research experiences, a Master's thesis, or in a discussion of scientific
problems during a possible interview.
3. Skills in written and oral communication.
4. Other experience relevant to postgraduate studies, such as professional experience.
Other assessment criteria:
We consider good interpersonal skills, drive and independence as positive
The applicant should have good analytical skills and experience in programming. A large interest in working in an international environment since a lot of the activities will be at CERN and possibly even at other international laboratories.
The selection of the successful candidate will be based on the requirements indicated above and the estimated ability to cope with the challenges outlined in the anticipated assignments. A special weight is given to the quality of the diploma work.
A PhD position is an employment with the main duty to be engaged in PhD studies
according to the study plan. The duration of PhD studies is 4 years full time studies. In
addition, those appointed to doctoral student position may be required to work with
educational tasks, research and technical/administrative duties at a level of at most
20% of full time. The position is then extended correspondingly, however not longer
than corresponding to 5 years full time employment. PhD positions are subject to
special regulations. These can be found in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance
(SFS 1993:100, ch. 5, with updates). Only those who are or have been admitted to
PhD- studies may be appointed to PhD position.
Only applications through the online system are considered. Applications must contain a cover letter in which applicants describe themselves and their particular research interests and their motivation for starting PhD studies. Applications must also include a CV, a copy of the applicant’s Master’s thesis (or a summary text if the thesis is not yet completed), copies of grade certificates, and any other documents that the applicant wishes to refer to.
In addition, we would like two reference letters to be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, by the referees.Last day of applying: 2015-11-02
|Type of employment||Temporary position longer than 6 months|
|Number of positions||1|
|Working hours||100 %|
|Last application date||02.Nov.2015 11:59 PM CET|