Particle Physics PhD Interviews

late January 2018

Attendance by Registration only


On 6th - 8th February 2017 the High Energy Physics Group of the University of Cambridge Department of Physics held interviews for potential PhD students aiming to start in October 2017.

The date for the 2018 interviews will be announced in due course. Once the date has been announced, if it is difficult for you to attend on that day please contact the Rutherford Hub Administration.

Students will get the chance to meet individually with staff to discuss projects, with students and RAs to discuss life in the group, and will have tours of the group facilities.

High Energy Physics (Experimental)

The work is based upon experiments at high energy particle accelerators, with group members at present making up part of international collaborations working on experiments at CERN, Geneva, at Fermilab, Chicago, and on R&D activities for a future Linear Collider.

The experiments at CERN are ATLAS and LHCb, preparing to exploit physics from the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The experiment in the US, MINOS, is carrying out a study of neutrino oscillations. Work on the future Linear Collider is within the international CALICE collaboration for the study of calorimetry, and the ILD detector concept study. An active e-Science prorgramme is underway in the group, in collaboration with GRIDPP and the Cambridge e-Science centre, to exploit the GRID for the analysis of LHC data. More details on available projects are available here.

High Energy Physics (Theoretical)

The group is interested in a range of theoretical problems with a phenomenological emphasis (that is, with relevance to current or future experiments). We have close contacts with the Cavendish experimental high energy group and with the more mathematical theory group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP). There are also collaborative projects with groups at CERN and elsewhere in Europe and the UK.
Current research interests include:

  • Search strategies at the LHC for new physics beyond the Standard Model, for example supersymmetry, black holes etc.
  • The development of improved Monte Carlo simulations for high-energy collisions incorporating higher-order perturbative corrections.
  • Determination of the probability distributions of partons in the proton to high accuracy, with particular emphasis on implications for LHC physics.
  • The effective Lagrangian approach to understanding Quantum Chromodynamics at low energies, and its application to the properties and interactions of hadrons.

For more information see:

  • High Energy Physics Theory Group homepage
  • Cambridge Supersymmetry Working Group homepage

Contact Information for High Energy Physics can be found here.
Please email the Rutherford Administration Hub rutherford.hub@phy.cam.ac.uk if you will be attending.

5th November 2016