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:

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:

Informal enquiries about possible future openings can be sent to Gavin Salam.


Core funding for the project comes from

Several other sources have also contributed to specific results, as detailed in individual papers.