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Particle Physics


The Centre for Particle Physics has a long tradition of participating in Particle Physics experiments, and also has an Accelerator Physics group (part of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science) as well as a Theoretical Particle Physics group. We are part of the NExT Institute  (New connections between Experiment and Theory).

The research activities which we are recruiting for are the ATLAS experiment in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the DEAP/CLEAN and DMTPC Dark Matter direct detection experiments as well as Accelerator Physics research towards the development of future particle accelerators and research in Theoretical Particle Physics. Below is a list of the various particle physics sub-groups and the research and opportunities we offer.

  • ATLAS programme: analysis of the experimental data in order to search for the Higgs boson, supersymmetric particles and evidence of extra dimensions, and the physics of the top quark. We also have a major involvement in the trigger and data acquisition system. The ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has started collecting data and is now the highest energy proton collider in the world.             Key Staff:Dr. Tracey Berry, Dr. Veronique Boisvert, Prof. Glen Cowan, Dr.Pedro Teixeira-Dias
  • Accelerator Physics programme: development of novel electron accelerator diagnostics, such as laser-wire beam measurement devices, resonant cavity beam position monitors and beam generated radiation monitoring. We are also involved in studies leading to the realisation of a future linear collider, and upgrades of the LHC.                                     Key Staff: Dr. S.T.Boogert, Dr. P. Karataev, Dr. S.Gibson
  • Dark Matter programme: the experimental dark matter research group is involved in many aspects of dark matter detection: we work on novel instrumentation to measure the dark matter wind with the DMTPC experiment, we build neutron detectors for measuring the background to dark matter searches in the WIPP and SNOLab underground laboratories, and we are developing the calibration system and new analysis methods to distinguish neutron backgrounds from candidate dark matter interaction signals in the DEAP/CLEAN experiment.                                                     Key Staff: Dr. Jocelyn Monroe and Dr. James Nikkel
  • Theoretical Particle Physics programme: the study of Dark Matter in the Universe and Large Hadron Collider Phenomenology. Further information can be found here.               Key Staff: Dr. Nikolas Kauer and Dr. Stephen West

PhD studentships are available

We welcome applications from all areas of the community. We will be accepting applications until all positions are filled. The first cohort of candidates will be invited on January 31, 2017

Rutherford Prize

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the model of the atom, the Particle Physics group has created a "Rutherford Prize" of £1000 to be given to an exceptionally promising PhD student due to start in October 2017. The prize will be judged by Particle Physics academics based on the quality of the PhD application and interview and awarded during Spring 2017.

How to apply

The application procedure consists of two important steps:
  • Complete the online application procedure for the RHUL Graduate School and submit it. (You should also save a copy of the application form.)
  • Send a copy of the above application form by email and your CV to the director of Particle Physics postgraduate admissions (Dr Pavel Karataev), stating the date and time when you submitted your application.


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