Date Posted
10 Mar 2024

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PhD Project
Blaise Pascal University / LPC

Search for New Physics in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider

10 Mar 2024

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Position Description

CALL FOR APPLICATION for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Ph.D. position in Fundamental Physics:

Search for New Physics in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider
University Blaise Pascal / Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire
(Clermont-Ferrand, France)

University Blaise Pascal is a beneficiary partner of a Marie Skłodowska Curie European Action Innovative Training Network (MSCA ITN) on “Advanced Multivariate Analysis for New Physics Searches at the Large Hadron Collider: AMVA4NewPhysics”. The network is composed of 15 Universities, research institutes, and industrial partners (see full list below) that have the common aim of developing advanced statistical learning tools for applications to particle physics problems as well as for industrial applications. The network aims at studying the Higgs boson and search for New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider, employing advanced statistical learning tools. The network is currently hiring ten early-stage researchers (ESR) for a Ph.D position.


The University Blaise Pascal offers one Ph.D position in Fundamental Physics. The selected candidate will be enrolled in a three-year Ph.D programme at the Doctoral School in Fundamental Physics of the University.
Besides following the mandatory courses of the Ph. D. Programme, the ESR will participate in the research program of AMVA4NewPhysics at the Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire (LPC) in Clermont-Ferrand. The Ph.D student will perform data analysis in collaboration with LPC members of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider of the CERN laboratory in Geneva. The research topic envisioned for the student focuses on searches for New Physics using advanced machine learning methods and data analyses techniques.
The research plan includes the participation to international doctoral schools, workshops, and conferences, as well as visiting periods to CERN and to other European institutions belonging to the network, plus a three-month internship in a non-academic institution to acquire skills on industry data analysis applications.


The gross scholarship amounts to 2450 euros/month; in addition, a mobility allowance of euro 600/month (before taxes) is provided for, as well as a family allowance of euro 500/month (before taxes) if applicable.
The cost of the doctoral courses, as well as all expenses related to travel to schools, workshops, and network-organized events, will be planned and sustained by the network.

How to Apply

Eligibility criteria: There are strict eligibility requirements for this position. Please ensure to be qualified before applying, as ineligible candidates cannot be considered. - Applicants should not have resided or performed their main activity (work, studies, etc) in France for more than 12 months in the period May 31, 2013 to June 1, 2016 (short stays such as holidays are not taken into account). - Applicants must have an at least 4 years full time university education degree formally enabling them to embark in a doctorate program in the country where the degree was obtained. - Applicants should be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This 4 year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate. The application of females is encouraged as AMVA4NewPhysics applies affirmative-action measures to ensure gender equality in the recruitment process. How to apply: Applications must be sent on or before May 15, 2016 to the following email address: as follows: 1) An email with a zip folder attached including: - A short curriculum-vitae (max 2 pages) - A signed application form filled according to the format available at - PDF format: - Word format: - A scanned copy of a valid identification document (Passport or ID card) - A copy of education certificates and transcripts of records. - A copy of the degree thesis and publications (if any) Subject of the email should be: FIRST NAME FAMILY NAME APPLICATION (e.g. “JOHN DOE APPLICATION”). The total size of emails to the above address cannot exceed 10 megabytes. If the provided material does not fit in 10 megabytes, candidates are allowed to submit it in multiple emails. 2) At least two letters of recommendation must be sent to the above address by the same deadline, in a separate email directly by the referees of choice of the candidate Subject of the email should be: FIRST NAME FAMILY NAME LETTER OF REFERENCE (e.g. “ JOHN DOE LETTER OF REFERENCE”) Deadline and timeline: - Complete applications must be sent by 15th of May, 2016. Incomplete applications or applications sent after the above deadline will not be considered. - A selection board will evaluate the applications and possibly make a pre-selection of the most promising candidates, based on the requirements above. - The preselected applicants will be contacted to set the date/time for a colloquium which will be held by videoconference. - The selected ESR will be required to move to Clermont-Ferrand or its vicinities at the beginning of the contract, to formally take service at the Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire and start attending Ph. D courses at the university. This is a mandatory requirement. Contact: For more information about the position please contact Professor Julien Donini at the following address: Useful Links: - AMVA4NewPhysics webpage: - ATLAS team at the LPC: - Blaise Pascal University:

Position Category: Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project. Position Tags: particle physics, lhc, cern, new physics, and atlas.