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, 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. 



  Andrea Banfi QCD and jet physics
QCD precision studies at the LHC
Applications of jet physics to new physics searches
  Xavier Calmet
Quantum and Classical Gravity: e.g., effective theory approach to quantum gravity, applications to cosmology and astrophysics, inflation, quantum aspects of black holes, quantum black holes, dark matter and dark energy.
Quantum Field Theory: e.g., unitarity of the S-matrix, non-commutative gauge theories, grand unified theory.
Foundations of Quantum Physics, e.g., minimal length, thought experiments
Relativistic Information Theory
  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



We expect to have funding for 1 or more STFC PhD studentships each year.  Eligibility criteria are given on page 12 of this document. Other funding opportunities can be explored on a case-by-case basis.


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 and admission is possible in January, May and September each year.

However, the normal expected start date for our STFC studentships is September and deadlines may sometimes be set for these awards,  In general, applicants for STFC studentships should apply by the first week of February for September admission.

Interview dates

There are currently no interviews scheduled.