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PhD position at Niels Bohr Institute (ALICE Experiment)

Niels Bohr Institute
Copenhagen, Denmark
Posting live until
20 May 2024

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The Experimental Subatomic Physics section at the Niels Bohr Institute invites applicants for a Ph.D. fellowship in the High-Energy Heavy-Ion Group. The project is part of the research project “Initial Conditions for Quark and Gluon Matter Formation at the LHC,” which is financed by the European Research Council (ERC).

The start date is (expected to be) October 1st, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project

With the newly received ERC grant, the research group will develop a novel methodology using a new approach, a multi-particle cumulants technique. This will give unique insights into the initial geometric conditions, shape, size, and their correlations and fluctuations. To achieve this, we will measure various collision systems (129Xe, 16O, and proton) during the LHC Run 3. These pioneering measurements and the resulting new analyses will decisively advance our understanding of those crucial initial conditions, the platform upon which the analysis of the collision rests. The results of this ERC will make it possible to probe the precise nuclear structure of 129Xe, 16O at the LHC energies, a million times higher than the existing nuclear structure studies in low-energy nuclear physics.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates within the field(s) of heavy-ion physics or nuclear physics. The outstanding candidate, with demonstrated initiative and accomplishments, should strengthen and further develop the group’s activities within the study and analysis of flow and correlation in large and small collision systems at the LHC.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?

The group’s current research is centered around the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Over the past decade, the group has authored numerous publications in ALICE, including pioneering the first experimental study to probe the time evolution of the specific viscosity of Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP) and the observation of the tiniest droplet of QGP in proton-proton and proton-lead collision systems at the LHC. Additionally, the group is at the forefront of researching nuclear structure through experiments conducted with ultra-relativistic colliders, supported by the prestigious ERC grant.

The group is a part of Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories at NBI and CERN.

Principal supervisor is Dr. You Zhou, Associate Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, Email: ; , Direct Phone: (+45) 93 56 36 56.

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Application deadline:

The deadline for applications is June 15th, 2024, 23:59 GMT +2.

You can read about the recruitment process at .

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held during August 1-15, 2024.


For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

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