Opportunities for Postgraduate study
The Glasgow Particle Physics Experiment (PPE) group has a strong record of research and leadership, and currently includes more than twenty postgraduate students. Our students have gone onto successful careers around the globe in academia and research, as well as finance, IT and media.
Our major efforts are in analysing data from the ATLAS and LHCb experiments which started taking data in 2009; leading future upgrades to the LHC experiments, undertaking design studies for a future neutrino factory and for a future linear collider; working on novel semi-conductor detector technologies for applications in particle physics and beyond; and building e-science and grid computing facilities.
Opportunities exist for postgraduate work in all of our research areas: there are PhD positions available in theoretical and experimental particle physics for both UK-based and Non-UK based applicants.
Great emphasis is put on expertise in the field and on generic skills training. We have, via SUPA, an exceptionally strong and broad programme in Particle Physics and related technical skills (such as statistical analysis and linux system skills). Students choose, with input from their supervisors, which courses to attend depending on their interests in theoretical or experimental physics. Transferable skills are fostered through the Department and Faculty Graduate Schools. Amongst other activities all Faculty research students attend a residential course on Great Cumbrae Island for teamwork skills. All PPE and PPT students attend the appropriate STFC summer school in Particle Physics at the end of year one and are encouraged to attend the STFC entrepreneurship training.
The Graduate School provides a structure for progress reports and performance and development review, as well as for feedback from students on the quality of supervision. Each student is appointed a first and a second supervisor to avoid any feeling of isolation.
Funding for new studentships has to be won each year from a range of sources – STFC quota, EPSRC DTA, Research Council Project and CASE studentships, EU. In addition University post-graduate scholarships and SUPA scholarships are awarded competitively based on the calibre of the students.
Postgraduate training is provided within the framework of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) Graduate School, and there will be opportunities to attend various summer schools and physics workshops, as well as to spend time at overseas laboratories such as CERN.