The Imperial College London Particle Physics Group has a technical postgraduate studentship available to develop state-of-the-art antimatter accelerator technologies at the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) and Extra Low Energy Antiproton Ring (ELENA) facilities of CERN.

The student will be affiliated with the Particle Physics Group of Imperial and will be continuously stationed at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, embedded within its Accelerator Systems Department. CERN plans to develop a new accelerator target, in which particles are allowed to collide at gigaelectron-volt kinetic energies, thus producing a beam of antiprotons. A possible future goal includes the production of the world’s first beam of cold antideuterons.

The student will first carry out computer simulations to design and optimize this target together with CERN experts. The target will then be constructed and installed in the CERN accelerator, and the student will measure the antiprotons coming out of the new device. The student will also participate in the construction of a new type of particle decelerator together with Imperial College colleagues.

The work environment is highly international and stimulating, at the forefront of modern accelerator technology. The successful candidate will have some basic background in engineering and computer simulation and is expected to occupy a central role in the project.

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