PhD position in experimental hadron physics
Sort on published: 2017-03-16
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One of the most challenging problems in contemporary physics is to understand the strong force that binds together quarks and gluons into hadrons, e.g. protons and neutrons. Hadron physics is a wide, dynamic research field where the strong interaction is investigated. The research of the Uppsala hadron physics group is carried out within international collaborations at facilities in Italy (KLOE-2, Frascati), China (BESIII, Beijing) and Germany (PANDA at FAIR). These are all advanced large acceptance devices capable of measuring charged particles as well as photons. An overview of the research activities available at http://www.physics.uu.se/research/nuclear-physics/ .
The main physics interests of the Uppsala group are studies of the production and decay of hyperons. Hyperons are three-quark systems like the protons but where one or several of the light quarks are replaced by one or several heavier quarks, e.g. strange quarks. Hyperons give insights into the strong interaction at low energies and help us in the search for processes beyond the Standard Model. The future antiproton facility PANDA at FAIR has unique possibilities to study several different aspects of hyperons. Furthermore, PANDA is the first experiment world-wide that will utilize an entirely software-based trigger system, which opens up new possibilities since it reduces the dead time and thereby paves the way for higher luminosities. It also reduces the need for data storage. However, the particular topology of hyperon decay puts special demands on such a system. The Uppsala group is currently working on a concept of a dynamic track- and event building scheme that could constitute an important part of this paradigm changing trigger system.
This PhD student will participate in the development of such a scheme and investigate its impact on the hyperon observables. The PhD student is expected to participate in meetings and workshops abroad and take responsibility for simulations, analysis and interpretation of data.
Qualifications: The candidate shall have completed her/his MSc studies in physics (or equivalent), preferably with an orientation towards nuclear and/or particle physics. Basic knowledge in programming is required, as well as good oral and written proficiency in English and the capability to work both independently and in a team.
Regulations regarding PhD students are found in the Higher Education ordinance Chapter 5 section 1-7 and in the University Rules and Regulations (http://regler.uu.se).
Applications should include a brief description of research interests and relevant experience, CV, copies of certificates and diplomas, MSc thesis (or a draft thereof), a reference list and other documents which the applicant wishes to claim.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds. Within this category a majority of the employed are men, and we would therefore particularly like to see female applicants for employment
Pay: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting: May 2017 or as otherwise agreed.
Working hours: 100 %
You are welcome to submit your application no later than April 30th 2017, UFV-PA 2017/950.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Physics and Astronomy
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Marie Ols, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/950
Last application date: 2017-04-30