PhD student in experimental Particle Physics: Searching for Dark Matter in proton-proton collisions
The High Energy Physics group at ETH Zurich invites applications for the following opening in the group of Prof. Annapaola de Cosa.
The research group of Prof. de Cosa is engaged in the search for new physics phenomena in proton-proton collision data collected by the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN. In particular, the group is looking for signs of Dark Matter production manifesting through unconventional signatures hidden in a sea of background. The group is also actively involved in the monitoring and operations of the CMS Pixel detector, and in the study of the detector radiation damage evolution.
The objective of this PhD thesis project is to search for non-WIMP Dark Matter candidates in LHC collisions by looking for partially invisible jets of particles produced in the showering of dark quarks, and hiding in the overwhelming background of Standard Model multi-jet data. The development of new tools making use of modern machine learning techniques for reconstruction and identification of such challenging signature will be pivotal for isolating DM-like candidates in the LHC Run-2 plus Run-3 data.
You are expected to play a leading role in the analysis of the LHC data for the search of DM candidates. On the detector side contribution is expected to the monitoring and operations of the CMS Pixel detector during the upcoming data-taking period. You will also participate in teaching activities at ETH Zurich. The position is based at CERN (Geneva) with frequent travels to Zurich.
You have a Master degree in Physics and big enthusiasm in joining the group and participate in this challenging hunt to New Physics. We encourage female to apply.
We look forward to receiving your online application including:
- a motivation letter
- a curriculum vitae
- a statement of research interests
- at least two letters of reference to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The review of incoming applications will start immediately and will continue until a suitable person is identified. We suggest to apply by mid May to ensure full consideration.
Further information on the Institute of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, IPA, and on the CMS project can be found at https://ipa.phys.ethz.ch and https://ipa.phys.ethz.ch/research/ResearchProjects/cms.html. Inquires regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Annapaola de Cosa at email@example.com.