Measuring leptonic CP violation is a key ingredient to explain the current matter-antimatter asymmetry according to Sakharov’s conditions, which could be achieved from the study of neutrino oscillations. Key experiments in the measurement of CP violation in neutrinos are T2K, currently taking data, and Hyper-Kamiokande, planned for the next decade.
The King’s Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics Group consists of three academics, and three postdocs, who play key roles in both the T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande experiments, with strong experience in oscillation analysis and neutrino interactions. This PhD position will be supervised Professor Francesca Di Lodovico who is a member of the T2K near detector steering committee, Super-Kamiokande exective committee and Co-Project Leader for the Hyper-Kamiokande project.
This PhD will address the challenging CP violation measurement at T2K. You will be focussing on the event selection and reconstruction at the far detector (Super-Kamiokande) and the fit to extract the neutrino oscillation parameters. A fraction of the time should also be dedicated to Hyper-Kamiokande with a focus on the study of its physics potential and the finalisation of the detector design.
The successful PhD student will become a full member of the T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande international research collaborations, participating in detector operation service work and collaboration meetings. They will attend the University of London Particle Physics Postgraduate Lecture Course during their first year.
Funding is available for 3.5 years and covers tuition fees at the level set for UK/EU students, c. £5,300 p.a. and a tax-free stipend of approximately £17,000 p.a. with possible inflationary increases after the first year.
To be considered for the position candidates must apply via King’s Apply online application system. Details are available here.
Please indicate your desired supervisor and quote research group [Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics Group] in your application and all correspondence.
The selection process will involve a pre-selection on documents, if selected this will be followed by an invitation to an interview. If successful at the interview, an offer will be provided in due time.
Recent publications from the T2K experiment can be found here: https://t2k-experiment.org/publications/ and the Hyper-Kamiokande design report can be found here: http://inspirehep.net/record/1672899/