PhD position in Higgs boson physics at CMS, HEPHY Vienna

PhD Position
Higgs Boson Physics with the
CMS Experiment at the LHC (CERN)
Scientific Environment
The Institute of High Energy Physics (HEPHY) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna,
Austria, performs a rich experimental particle physics program participating in acceleratorand non-accelerator-based experiments. The institute has a major involvement in CMS at CERN
and in the Belle / Belle II experiment at KEK. A new experimental group working on direct Dark
Matter detection has recently been created. A theory group completes the research profile of
the institute.
Involvement in CMS
The Institute of High Energy Physics is one of the founding members of the CMS Collaboration.
We have been strongly involved in the design, construction and operation of two of the major
components of the experiment: the trigger system and the tracking detector. Our experience in
building silicon-based detectors, the construction of FPGA-based hardware and development of
the appropriate firmware together with our expertise in reconstruction algorithms and its
implementation in software allow us to play a leading role in the collaboration. The Institute of
High Energy Physics is also strongly involved in CMS data analysis, in particular searches for
SUSY signatures and their interpretation in the context of simplified models, Quarkonia studies
and studies of the decay properties of the Higgs boson.
PhD Position
The CMS group of the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in
Vienna, Austria, is looking for outstanding applicants with a background in high energy physics
to fill a PhD student position. The successful candidate will play a major role in the efforts to
discover the decay of the Higgs boson in pairs of tau leptons and, if successful, to measure its
properties. The main task will be to contribute to the development of a multivariate analysis
and to apply it to the CMS data to be collected during LHC Run 2.
Additional Information
Supplementary Material to the positions advertised above can be found at The remuneration follows the scheme
of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The annual income (“Bruttojahresgehalt”) for a PhD
position will be 28 348€ / year. The position will be located in Vienna and opened for a period
of three years.
Applications should include a CV and a letter of motivation. Applicants should arrange to have
two recommendation letters. These letters as well as the application should be sent to Martin
Flechl ( The deadline is Feb. 10 th, 2016, but applications will be
considered beyond this date until the position is filled. For further information please contact
Martin Flechl ( or Wolfgang Adam (