Interpretation of LHC data with Simplified Models (Ph.D.)

Submitted by cceballo on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 02:00

The Institute of High Energy Physics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in
Vienna, Austria, is looking for an enthusiastic, talented, and qualified
Ph.D. student (f/m) with a background (M.Sc., diploma, or equivalent) in
experimental or theoretical high energy physics.

The successful candidate will primarily take part in advancing
the SModelS framework, a tool for the interpretation of
so-called "simplified models" (SMS) results from the CERN's Large
Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments who search for physics beyond the
standard model (BSM). The main aims of the thesis are to
i) extend the SModelS database to the new results of LHC Run-2 starting in
ii) test and improve  the applicability of SModelS to a variety of BSM
theories, like supersymmetry or extra dimensions, and
iii) work out how the LHC SMS results constrain various BSM scenarios.
Moreover, in case of a discovery of new physics in the LHC Run-2, the goal will
be to characterize and identify this new physics in a bottom-up fashion from
the SMS results.
Part of the work mentioned above will be performed within the CMS collaboration.

The work will be carried out in close collaboration with groups at CERN, in
Brazil, Germany, and France. Therefore, good communication skills (English) and
the ability to work in teams are critical. The student should also be
ready to travel frequently to CERN and the collaborating institutes.

Besides its involvement in interpretation of LHC data, the institute is also
involved in searches for supersymmetry and QCD studies at the CMS detector.
The insitute also takes part in projects concerning the CMS tracker and
the trigger subsystems.
Besides its involvements at CERN, the institute is also a member of
the BELLE / BELLE II collaborations at KEK/Japan.
More information may be found at

The project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the remuneration
follows the FWF scheme, amounting to a gross salary of EUR 1.996,90 per month
for a part time position (30 h/week).

The project location will be Vienna. The position will last for a period
of three years. The contract will be issued initially for one year with the
prospect of an extension for two more years in the case of mutual satisfaction.

Applications should include a CV, a publication list and two recommendation
letters and be sent to Wolfgang Waltenberger (
The deadline is July 1st, 2014.

For further information please contact Wolfgang Waltenberger