Opportunities for Students

Each year we aim to take on about half a dozen self-motivated, bright, and hard-working students who have achieved a high level performance in undergraduate physics (or related) degree.

The ATLAS Experiment

In 2015 the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) started colliding protons together at the record-breaking energy of 13 trillion electronvolts (TeV). This 60 percent increase in collision energy relative to that of 2012 greatly enhances the discovery potential for new heavy particles, such as proposed Dark Matter particles. For us this is a very exciting time, with great opportunities to discover new particles, to test theories and to explore nature at smallest scales with the most powerful accelerator in the world. We now are producing Higgs bosons with double the previous rate, allowing us to enter the "precision era" of the Higgs boson. One of our next jobs is to measure precisely the properties of the newly discovered Higgs boson, to find out whether or not it satisfies the predictions of the Standard Model, and to explore the implications of the new fundamental Higgs force. Over the coming decades, ATLAS expects to gather 100 times more collisions than present, so there’s a huge physics programme of physics ahead of us.

The Oxford ATLAS group has a world-leading physics program with major responsibilities in the areas of:

Thesis Topics

New PhD students are expected to work in a combination of the above areas. Each of our students is also expected to spend one year or more at CERN. ATLAS D.Phil supervisors are Alan Barr, Daniela Bortoletto, Amanda Cooper-Sarkar, Claire Gwenlan, Chris Hays, Todd Huffman, Cigdem Issever, Richard Nickerson, Ian Shipsey, Georg Viehhauser and Tony Weidberg.

Potential graduate students are encouraged to contact supervisors if they have any questions.

More Information

More general questions about graduate student in the Subdepartment of Particle Physics may be directed to Prof Bortoletto, Director of Graduate Studies of Particle Physics, and Kim Proudfoot.

Departmental information regarding graduate admissions and how to apply can be found on the Post-graduate Physics Degrees page.