The Imperial College CMS Group has a postgraduate studentship available to work on upgrades to the CMS experiment at the LHC.

The Imperial group has long standing interests in upgrades to the CMS Tracker and Level-1 Trigger, with substantial ongoing efforts developing new electronics, detector modules and readout systems.

The student will contribute significantly to these activities, including work on simulations, software or firmware, and hardware, and should have an interest in future physics exploitation. Possible projects include:

  • designing and optimising trigger algorithms in software and/or FPGA firmware;
  • testing and evaluating the performance of prototype electronics;
  • design, simulation, development and testing of future trigger concepts, including the use of Machine Learning.

We are looking for a student with a good quality first degree in physics, with a strong interest in and aptitude for electronics and particle physics instrumentation, especially digital electronics or firmware. Good computing skills, e.g. experience with C++, are highly desirable.

The studentship covers a maintenance bursary, similar to standard STFC studentships, and all fees. It is likely that the student will have the opportunity to spend extended periods at CERN, for which travel costs will be paid. The studentship is open to both UK and EU students. Students interested in applying for this studentship should follow the normal application procedure outlined on our main postgraduate recruitment page but should also directly contact the people listed below.

Prof. G. Hall (
Dr A. Tapper (