PhD student position in tracking detector R&D for particle physics

The High Energy Physics Laboratory [1] of EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, invites applications for a PhD student position. The successful candidate will join the LHCb collaboration in which our lab is strongly involved. LHCb is a particle physics experiment running at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and dedicated to the study of heavy flavour physics and CP violation. In the context of a major upgrade of the experiment, our group has developed and built a new tracker, based on scintillating fibres (SciFi) read out with Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs), being now commissioned for the start of the Run 3 data-taking period (2022-2025). The PhD thesis work will focus primarily on detector R&D for the LHCb SciFi Tracker Upgrade in order to improve its performance and radiation hardness. In this context SiPM arrays for cryogenic operation and improved sensitivity are developed, evaluation tools prepared and the production of a large number of detectors prepared in collaboration with the different manufactures involved. The position, which also involves teaching duties at Bachelor or Master level, becomes available from September 1, 2022.

The selected PhD student will need to enroll in the Physics program of the EPFL doctoral school [2], and the employment runs up to a total of four years. Doctoral school information and employment conditions at EPFL may be consulted online [2-4]. Applicants are expected to hold a Master degree (or equivalent) in Physics or Applied Physics at the start of employment. The ideal candidate has a strong motivation for detector development and interest for high-energy physics. Experience with particle detectors, computer programming and/or data analysis is an advantage.

Applicants should prepare a single PDF file including the following documents: motivation letter, CV, and contact information of at least two references willing to write a recommendation letter. The file should reach our secretariat (Mrs Craman, [email protected]) by May 1, 2022. In addition, applicants should ask the references to send their letters to the same address by the same deadline.

More information can be obtained from Dr G. Haefeli ([email protected]) and Prof. O. Schneider ([email protected]).