MPhil/PhD Studentship in Data Analysis - Alice Experiment at Cern

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The University of Derby has an opportunity for a full-time postgraduate research studentship in High Energy Physics area of research.

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MPhil/PhD Derby, UK £16,062 stipend pa + UK home tuition fees full time Thursday 23 June 2022 4 - 7 July 2022 September 2022

The successful applicant will receive a maintenance stipend (based on the minimum stipend defined by UKRI, currently £16,062 for the academic year 2022/23) and home MPhil/PhD tuition fees only up to the target submission date (3 years). The post holder will have access to funds for necessary travel and essential equipment from a grant funded by UKRI Science and Technology Facilities Research Council (STFC).

Please note, if your application is successful and you are assessed as Overseas for fees purposes, you will need to pay the difference between the Home fees and the EU/Overseas fees.

The intended intake period is September 2022. Note that this is a firm deadline due to external funding.

The successful applicant will be expected to complete their MPhil/PhD within 3 years on the MPhil/PhD route, contribute to the College of Science and Engineering REF submission and get involved in the wider research activities of the College. 

Applicants will become part of a friendly and welcoming team working in close collaboration with project partners at STFC Daresbury Laboratory and the University of Liverpool. They will be supported and managed by their supervisors and there is also the opportunity to further collaborate within the University of Derby’s Data Science Research Centre.

The vacancy details are as follows: 


Project description 

The STFC funded project involves analysis of data from the A Large Ion Collider (ALICE) experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which will begin a major data-taking campaign in its upgraded form in Summer 2022.

The student will work on exploiting the data collected in LHC Run 3, potentially concentrating on the analysis of heavy-flavour baryons. As the distribution of charm quarks among the various charmed hadron species is clearly different to that observed in e+e- collisions it provides a strong motivation for measuring further channels to get a more complete picture. The student will analyse direct measurements of the Ξc (u/dsc) baryon decays in their hadronic decay channels. These include decays to Ξ, that can be reconstructed using the capabilities of the upgraded inner tracking system (ITS2) to improve precision and resolve ambiguities arising from the new continuous readout mode of the TPC. There is also the opportunity to work on the physics performance studies for the next generation inner tracker (ITS3) or on algorithmic improvements to the analysis gained by employing machine learning techniques.

Potential project impact 

Results from the project will contribute to the understanding of the building blocks of matter at the sub-atomic level. This impacts on the evolution of the universe in the first few microseconds after the Big Bang.

In addition, you will contribute to the development of strategies for efficient processing of multi-terabyte datasets.

Principal accountabilities and responsibilities

To apply 

Completed applications should be submitted via our online application system quoting funding reference: S&E_PGRS_DataAnalysis_0422.

For other enquiries which are subject-specific please contact Dr Lee Barnby ( 

Closing dates for applications: 23 June 2022

Interviews: 4 - 7 July 2022

If you have not been invited for an interview by the interview date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.  

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