PhD Student Positions

PhD student position in experimental particle physics (NA62)

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 NA62 collaboration. NA62 is a fixed-target flavour physics experiment at the CERN’s Super Proton Synchrotron and is dedicated to the study of extremely rare charged kaon decays. Our group foresees a strong involvement in the physics analysis of NA62 data and intends to upgrade the off-detector readout system of the NA62 silicon pixel tracker (GigaTracKer). The PhD thesis work will include detector-related tasks and physics analysis of NA62 data, in particular on the flagship measurement of NA62: the K + → π + ν ν process. The position also involves teaching duties at Bachelor’s or Master’s level and will become available on February 1, 2023.

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’s degree (or equivalent) in Physics at the start of employment. The ideal candidate has a strong motivation for fundamental research and has received education in Particle Physics. Experience with data analysis, computer programming and/or particle detectors 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 Corinne Craman, [email protected]) by November 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 Radoslav Marchevski ([email protected]).

[1] https://www.epfl.ch/labs/lphe/
[2] https://www.epfl.ch/education/phd/programs/edpy-physics
[3] https://www.epfl.ch/education/phd/doctoral-studies-structure/doctoral-students-salary
[4] https://www.epfl.ch/about/working/working-at-epfl/employment-conditions

 

PhD student position in experimental particle physics (LHCb)

The High Energy Physics Laboratory of EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne [1], invites applications for a PhD student position in experimental particle physics (LHCb experiment).

LHCb is a flavour physics experiment running at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which has recently reported exciting evidence for deviations from the Standard Model of particle physics. The successful candidate will be expected to perform data analysis under the supervision of Dr. Lisovskyi, examining the anomalies found previously in semileptonic beauty-meson decays. Their PhD thesis will focus on study of rare heavy-flavour meson decays into the final states with four leptons. They will also be able to participate to the development of the tracking detectors and algorithms for the future upgrades of the LHCb detector.

The position becomes available on February 1, 2023, with a possibility to start later if needed. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Physics should be held by the start of employment.

The ideal candidate has a strong motivation for fundamental research, and has received education in Particle Physics. Experience with data analysis, computer programming and/or particle detectors is an advantage.

An attractive salary is offered [2-4], and the appointment runs for up to four years. EPFL, as well as CERN, offer a stimulating multicultural working environment at the forefront of fundamental research. The position includes teaching duties and the possibility of frequent journeys between CERN and EPFL.

Applicants should prepare a single PDF file including the following documents: motivation letter, CV, and contact information of at least two referees willing to write a reference letter, and send it to our secretariat (Mrs. Craman, [email protected]) by November 1, 2022. Applicants should ask the referees to send their letters to the same address by the same deadline.

More information can be obtained from Dr. V. Lisovskyi ([email protected]) and Prof. L. Shchutska ([email protected]).

[1] https://www.epfl.ch/labs/lphe/
[2] https://www.epfl.ch/education/phd/programs/edpy-physics
[3] https://www.epfl.ch/education/phd/doctoral-studies-structure/doctoral-students-salary
[4] https://www.epfl.ch/about/working/working-at-epfl/employment-conditions