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PhD position in experimental particle physics

Ghent University
Ghent, Belgium
Closing date
17 Feb 2024

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The Experimental Particle Physics and Gravity (EPPG) group at Ghent University ( has an immediate opening for the PhD candidate position to work on the detector R&D activities and physics analysis of the CMS detector data at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

The EPPG has a long-standing record in the development of gaseous muon detectors with the leading contributions to the construction and operation of the CMS detector at the LHC. The improved Resistive Plate Chambers (iRPCs) and Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) muon detectors are currently being built at EPPG for the High Luminosity-LHC (HL-LHC) upgrade of the CMS detector. The group is also well-known for its strong contributions to the physics analysis of the LHC data in the top quark and the Higgs boson sectors. The first observations of several rare physics processes involving top quarks (tZq, four tops, ttH) were done by the members of the group. The members of the EPPG group are also actively involved in other major international projects, such as LIGO/VIRGO, IceCube, RNO-G, and SoLiD.

A successful candidate will join the EPPG group with the primary focus on the detector R&D activities connected to the HL-LHC upgrade, as well as instrumentation studies for future gaseous detectors and their readout systems. Additionally, they will have an opportunity to contribute to several ongoing studies of the physics processes involving the top quark and the Higgs boson, using the CMS detector data from Run 3.

The position is proposed for four years, starting as soon as possible. The application must include the CV of the candidate and two letters of references. The candidate must hold the master’s degree in physics. The complete applications should be sent directly to Prof. Didar Dobur ( and Dr. Kirill Skovpen ( before the deadline of March 2, 2024. The submitted applications will be reviewed in the order of their reception.

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