The goal of the PanScales project is to deepen our understanding, and to improve, the core, parton shower, component of general purpose Monte Carlo event generators, the most widely used theoretical tools in particle physics. Almost every analysis of high-energy collider data relies on these simulations.
The project asks questions such as:
- What criteria should we be using to assess the scope and accuracy of parton showers?
- What accuracy is achieved by some given class of parton shower?
- Can we design parton showers with higher accuracies than is possible today?
- What are the phenomenological implications of our understanding of parton showers?
Our hope is that the the PanScales project will make it possible to extract more extensive information about the fundamental particles and interactions that make up our universe.
We have two openings for Ph.D. positions starting in October 2019, at the University of Oxford and at University College London.
Candidates for the Oxford position should apply through the normal procedure for a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford and indicate as part of the application that they wish to be considered for the PanScales ERC-funded doctoral position with Gavin Salam.
Candidates wishing to apply for the STFC funded Ph.D. position at University College London, with Keith Hamilton, should follow the instructions here.
The deadline for both the UCL and Oxford Ph.D. openings is midday (UK time) on Friday 25 January.
The deadlines for postdoctoral positions starting in autumn 2019 have now passed:
- the University of Oxford (two positions): apply through academicjobsonline.org, deadline 3 December 2018 at midday (UK time).
- the University of Manchester: apply through the Manchester job site, deadline 30 November 2018.
- University College London: apply through the UCL job site, deadline 22 November.
Informal enquiries about possible future openings can be sent to Gavin Salam.
Core funding for the project comes from
- The European Research Council (PanScales Advanced Grant, 788223)
- The Royal Society (Royal Society Research Professorship, RP\R1\180112)