STFC funded PhD research studentship - Heavy quark phenomenology from Lattice QCD

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

STFC funded PhD research studentship

Heavy quark phenomenology from Lattice QCD

Supervisors             Dr Craig McNeile

                                  Dr Antonio Rago

Project description

The theory describing the dynamics of the fundamental particles called quarks is Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). The detailed experimental study of quarks may reveal evidence for unknown physics, which ultimately could explain the particles making up 'dark matter'. To extract information about the quarks from the experiments, carried out at the LHC and other accelerators around the world, requires that QCD is solved with high precision. Another motivation for solving QCD is to predict the properties of novel bound states of quarks, such as hybrid mesons, where the dynamics of the gluons play a critical role. A key method to solve QCD is lattice QCD, where a space-time lattice is introduced and the resulting equations are solved on large supercomputers using Monte Carlo methods.

The project will involve lattice QCD calculations, with heavy quarks, of some weak matrix elements required at experiments such as LHCb and Belle II. The student will learn lattice QCD measurement techniques, including code development, and run their codes on state of the art supercomputers, such as the Cambridge service for data driven discovery.


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 will have a three and a half year duration and will cover full-time home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £14,777 per annum. The position is open to UK and EU citizens with appropriate qualifications who have been resident in the UK for three years. EU citizens who have not been resident in the UK for three years may qualify for a fees only scholarship.

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 applications 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, 25 May 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in June. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 1 July 2018 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.