PhD Student Positions

PhD student position in experimental particle physics (LHCb group, LPHE-LS lab)

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).

LHCb is a flavour physics experiment running at CERN’s LHC, which has recently reported exciting evidence for new phenomena beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out data analysis under the supervision of Dr. Graverini, and the PhD thesis will be mainly devoted to the exploration of the anomalies found in rare beauty-meson decays, with the purpose of confirming or disproving this evidence of new physics.

A starting date between February 1 and September 1, 2022 is possible. 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 collaborative work 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 October 31, 2021. Applicants should ask the referees to send their letters to the same address by the same deadline.

More information can be obtained from Dr. E. Graverini ([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


PhD student position in experimental particle physics (LHCb group, LPHE-OS lab)

The High Energy Physics Laboratory (LPHE, [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 built a new tracker, based on scintillating fibres (SciFi), being now installed for the start of Run 3 data-taking in 2022. The PhD thesis work will include detector related tasks and physics analysis of LHCb data, possibly in the field of CP violation in charm decays or in the search for lepton flavour violating (LFV) processes. The position, which also involves teaching duties at Bachelor or Master level, becomes available on March 1, 2022, but a later start is also possible.

The selected PhD student will need to enrol 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 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.

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 October 31, 2021. For full consideration, applicants should ask the referees to send their letters to the same address by the same deadline.

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