PhD student in experimental hadron physics

Updated: about 14 hours ago
Deadline: 15 Aug 2022

Published: 2022-06-06

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The research conducted at the Department of Physics and Astronomy encompasses a wide range of physics topics, distributed over ten divisions. The department is located in the Ångström laboratory and employs nearly 400 people, 125 of whom are doctoral students. It offers a broad physics curriculum to undergraduate and graduate students, participation in nationally and internationally leading projects for researchers, and opportunities for partnership with industry and various outreach activities.

Research field and research group
One of the most challenging problems in contemporary physics is to understand the strong force that binds together quarks and gluons into hadrons, e.g. protons and neutrons. Hadron physics is a wide, dynamic research field where the strong interaction is investigated in detail. The research of the Uppsala hadron physics group has so far been carried out within international collaborations at facilities in Italy (KLOE-2, Rome), China (BESIII, Beijing) and Germany (PANDA at FAIR, Darmstadt), and in close collaboration with local theoreticians. An overview of the research activities available at .

The main physics interests of the Uppsala group are studies of hyperons - three-quark systems just like the protons but where one or several of the light quarks are replaced by one or several heavier quarks, e.g. strange quarks. By studying how hyperons are produced and how they decay, we can measure their internal structure at the femtometer level – that is, distances of 10-15 m! In this way, we gain insights into how the strong interaction bind quarks into the systems we are made of. Our group has recently taken the first “snapshot” of the creation of a hyperon and an antihyperon from the energy produced in an electron-positron collision. The next step is to reconstruct the full process. Electron-positron collider experiments such as BESIII and the Belle II experiment in Japan are excellently suited for this purpose.

We are looking for a PhD student who can participate in the collection and analysis of data from BESIII or Belle II, as well as to develop modern analysis tools for electron-positron experiments. It is also possible to include a theory component of there is interest. The PhD student is expected to participate in meetings and workshops abroad and work with simulations, reconstruction, analysis and interpretation of data, as well as experimental service tasks.

The candidate shall, before starting the new position, have completed her/his MSc studies in physics (or equivalent), including advanced courses in nuclear and/or particle physics. Basic knowledge in programming, for example python, is required, as well as good oral and written proficiency in English and capability to work both independently and in a team.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %.Starting date 1 October or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

The application should include a brief description of research interests and relevant experience, CV, copies of certificates and diplomas, MSc thesis (or a draft thereof), a reference list and other documents, that the applicant wishes to claim. The MSc degree does not need to be completed at the time of application, but at the time of admission.

For further information, contact: Karin Schönning ( or Michael Papenbrock (

Please submit your application by 15 August 2022, UFV-PA 2022/2209. Use the link below to access the application form.

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Placement: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/2209

Last application date: 2022-08-15

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