Theoretical Particle Physics

PhD Studentships

We welcome applications from potential PhD students at any time.

A list of potential PhD projects and supervisors is listed below.

Projects and Supervisors

Our group is active in major areas of particle theory, in particular collider and low-energy phenomenology, particle astrophysics and cosmology, and quantum gravity. A detailed description of the current topics of our reseach can be found at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/tpp/research, and more information can be found on individual staff member web pages

A list of possible PhD research projects can be found below. We are also open to discussion of modifying these projects or developing ideas that candidates may have themselves. Please also feel free to contact any of the individual members of staff in relation to potential research projects with them. 

  Supervisor

 Projects

  Andrea Banfi QCD and jet physics
QCD precision studies at the LHC
Applications of jet physics to new physics searches
  Xavier Calmet
Black holes as a probe of Quantum Gravity
Quantum gravity: e.g. thought experiments design to unify quantum mechanics and General Relativity, minimal length, small black hole physics
Quantum field theory: e.g. unitarity of the S-matrix, non-commutative gauge theories
Cosmology and astrophysics: e.g. time varying constants, cosmic rays
Information theory (information geometry)
  Mark Hindmarsh Gravitational waves from the early Universe
Model-building for cosmology: finding an effective theory of everything
Cosmic strings: observational signals from the very early universe
  Stephan Huber Model building with extra dimensions
The matter anti-matter asymmetry and the LHC
Relics from the electroweak phase transition
  Sebastian Jaeger Beyond the Standard Model with LHC Higgs and top physics
Beyond the Standard Model at the intensity frontier: charting the course for discovery with LHCb
Naturalness and flavour in supersymmetric theories
  Daniel Litim Asymptotic safety and fixed points of quantum gravity
Black holes, thermodynamics, and the renormalisation group
Phenomenology of quantum gravity at colliders
Asymptotic safety and critical behaviour in quantum field theory
  Veronica Sanz Beyond the Standard Model Higgs: Supersymmetry, Composite Higgs, correlations with other searches, theoretical constraints
Dark Matter: model building, direct detection, indirect constraints, LHC searches
Holographic models in extra-dimensions: Composite models at the electroweak scale, cosmology and condensed matter

 

Funding

We expect to have funding for 1 or more STFC PhD studentships for 2013 (see their eligibility criteria). Other funding opportunities can be explored on a case-by-case basis.

Contacts

For practical questions about applications and/or funding please contact the School Postgraduate Coordinator Richard Chambers. For academic questions please contact the Post Graduate Admissions coordinator (Dr. Stephan Huber). Please also feel free to contact any of the individual members of staff in relation to potential research projects with them.

Application Process

Applications should be submitted through the University application pages. For more general details on postgraduate studies at Sussex see the University Postgraduate Study page.

Deadlines for Applications

Applications are accepted all year round. However, the normal expected start date is in the autumn term. Deadlines may apply for funding and in particular STFC studentships.

Interview dates

There are currently no interviews scheduled.