Experimental particle physics has entered a new and exciting era. Over a period of more than 20 years researchers at the international laboratory CERN in Geneva designed and built the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is now providing the world’s highest energy collisions. The ATLAS experiment analyses the debris from proton-proton collisions at the LHC with the aim of investigating open questions in modern physics such as the hierarchy problem with the Higgs boson mass, what is dark matter made of, how is the observed pattern of elementary particles generated, why is the universe dominated by matter rather than anti-matter. The Stockholm University group is active in the ATLAS experiment, one of the two largest LHC experiments. The group has participated in the construction of components of the ATLAS detector and we maintain a responsibility for maintaining and calibrating these devices. Concerning physics analysis the group is playing a leading role in searches for signatures of hitherto unseen particles and physics processes which are not predicted within the Standard Model of particle physics. Such particles are predicted within a number of theories such as supersymmetry and could account for the Dark Matter of the Universe.
-To be accepted as a PhD student in physics one should have studied at least four years at a University and have a BSc in Physics. -These studies must include advanced courses in physics during one year and an advanced degree project (a detailed description of a project in progress may suffice). -We seek a self-motivated candidate with good analytical abilities and skills in English. -Furthermore, the successful applicant should be willing to travel to meetings with collaborators outside of Sweden and possibly spend periods of at least several months duration at CERN.