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 From QCD to a theory of jets
Precision physics at the LHC
Jet physics and new physics searches
  Xavier Calmet Quantum and Classical Gravity
Astro-particle physics and Cosmology
Gravitational waves and Black Hole physics
Beyond the Standard Model physics
Foundations of Quantum Physics
  Stephan Huber Beyond the Standard Model with holography
The matter anti-matter asymmetry
Gravitational waves from first-order cosmic phase transitions
  Sebastian Jaeger Model-building with flavour at the TeV scale
Beyond the Standard Model at the intensity frontier: charting the course for discovery with flavour
  Jonas Lindert Electroweak Sudakov logarithms up to two-loops
BSM searches at the LHC via electroweak standard candles
Exploring the top-Higgs connection with precision
  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



We expect to have funding for 1 or more STFC PhD studentships each year, see here for more details on funding.

We are happy to explore other funding opportunities on a case-by-case basis. In particular, we are happy to support eligible candidates for Commonwealth Scholaship Council , CONACYT, or China Scholarship Council studentships.

Timetable for Applications

Applications are accepted all year round and admission is possible in January, May and September each year.

However, interviews for STFC-funded studentships are expected to begin in early February 2020. To ensure full consideration, you are advised to submit your application as early as possible, bearing in mind that it can take time for supporting references to be applied and an application to be reviewed ahead of shortlisting. 

Any offers will be issued with an acceptance deadline of no earlier than the end of March 2020. 


For practical questions about applications and/or funding please contact our research student support team at

For academic questions please contact the PhD Admissions tutor (Prof Sebastian Jaeger). 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.