PhD: Model independent searches with Machine Learning with CMS

Hamburg University
Hamburg, Germany
Closing date
21 Feb 2024

The position

Despite an impressive and extensive effort by the LHC collaborations, there currently is no convincing evidence for new particles produced in high-energy collisions. However, it is clear that the Standard Model cannot be the final theory of nature. Recent years have seen a great increase in anomaly-based strategies to search for new physics, such as the weakly-supervised CATHODE approach co-developed in Hamburg.

The successful candidate will further develop and carry out machine-learning based model-independent searches for new particles in proton-proton collision data recorded at the CMS experiment.

Our group consists of more than 60 members and is deeply involved in detector R&D as well as calibration and data analysis of the CMS experiment. Interested candidates will be offered the opportunity of own research, advanced training and development of teaching skills in a stimulating scientific environment.

A close collaboration exists with other research groups in experimental and theoretical physics of the University and of DESY located on the same campus. Our group is part of the Cluster of Excellence “Quantum Universe” which performs research to understand mass and gravity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. The research team includes leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Universität Hamburg and DESY. Beyond Hamburg, we closely collaborate with other nationally and internationally leading groups on the development of AI techniques for fundamental physics.

Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

Excellent English communication skills are required. Excellent candidates will have prior knowledge of high energy physics as well as practical experience in deep learning methods. Candidates with experience in analyzing proton-proton collision data, anomaly detection methods, or related ML techniques for particle physics are preferred.

Successful candidates are expected to pursue a PhD in Physics at the University of Hamburg. The regular duration of a PhD at the Department of Physics is three years.

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