Lattice simulations of Beyond the Standard Model phenomena

Project title: Lattice simulations of Beyond the Standard Model phenomena

Director of Studies: Dr Vincent Drach

Second Supervisor: Dr Antonio Rago

Project description

The so-called lattice approach is a very successful first principle method that allows to solve Gauge Theories. Calculations resort to large scale simulations and are typically run on the largest supercomputers. Lattice simulations are a unique tool to explore non perturbative phenomena in theories which are not well understood. In Nature, non perturbative phenomena give rise to the mass of the ordinary proton, which’s mass mostly come from the binding energy of its constituents: the quarks. Tremendous efforts are being made to design extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics using similar mechanism that could for instance explain the mass and properties of the Higgs boson.

In this project we will use lattice simulations  to explore new non perturbative dynamics and provide quantitative results that are relevant for experiments searching for new physics like the one performed by the  world’s largest accelerator:  the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The project will also provide a deeper understanding of non perturbative phenomena in particle physics and push back the knowledge frontier. The project will rely heavily on code development, numerical simulations, data analysis and theoretical development of new methods.


Applicants should have a minimum of a first class or upper second class bachelor degree. Applications from candidates with a relevant masters qualification will be welcomed.


The studentship is supported for three years and includes full home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £14,553 per annum. The studentship will only fund those applicants who are eligible for home/EU fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £10,350 per annum). General information about applying for a research degree at the University is available at:

You can apply via the online application form which can be found at: and select ‘Apply’.

Please mark it FAO Mrs Carole Watson and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics.

For more information on the admissions process contact Carole Watson.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, 6 April 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in April. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 4 May 2018 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.