RWTH Aachen University, Research Training Group (RTG) 2497

Position ID:RWTH Aachen University-Research Training Group (RTG) 2497-PHDPOSITIONS [#23337]
Position Title: Doctoral position in experimental particle physics
Position Type:Student programs
Position Location:Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen 52068, Germany [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / HEP-Experiment (hep-ex)
Appl Deadline:2022/11/20 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/10/18, finished 2023/03/22)
Position Description:    

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The DFG Research Training Group (RTG) 2497

The physics of the heaviest particles at the Large Hadron Collider

at RWTH Aachen University invites applications for

a doctoral position

in Experimental Particle Physics with focus on deep learning and data analysis at the CMS experiment.

The PhD project is centred around the use of advanced deep learning techniques to improve the precision of Higgs-boson measurements with the CMS experiment. Examples are new approaches to particle identification, energy regression or likelihood-free inference, and the application of these techniques to the analysis of Run-3 data.

The RTG is carried out jointly by the Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology and two experimental Institutes: Physics Institute III A and Physics Institute I B. The RTG is centred around LHC research. It builds on the particular strengths of the scientific groups at the RWTH Aachen University and the tradition of close collaboration between theory and experiment. The experimental groups are part of the CMS collaboration and have contributed substantially to the detector construction, its upgrades, computing and data analyses including deep learning methods. The theoretical group covers a broad range of topics from precision calculations in quantum chromodynamics to the phenomenology of supersymmetry and dark matter.

The RTG is designed to study the heaviest particles both known and theorized. The focus of the RTG is on:

1. the Higgs boson, as a potential window to New Physics;
2. the top quark, as the heaviest of the quarks with likely relation to spontaneous symmetry breaking;
3. yet undiscovered heavy new particles from exotic models and dark matter candidates.

Successful applicants should hold an undergraduate degree equivalent to a Master’s degree in physics in the German university system obtained with excellent grades. It should be awarded on the basis of a written thesis following at least half a year of research. We offer a 3-year doctoral research position (75% TV-L E13). The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date.

The application should contain a CV, a summary of the candidate’s Master (or Diploma) thesis, copies of grade transcripts and degree certificates, as well as two reference letters. Furthermore, we ask for a statement of research interests.

Further information about the Research Training Group can be found here:

The deadline for applications is November 20th, 2022. Applications received after the deadline will be considered until the post is filled.

For specific information about the Ph.D. position, please contact Prof. Johannes Erdmann (

We aim to increase the number of women in research and explicitly encourage and welcome women to apply. Equally qualified women applicants will receive preference in the application process. Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status will receive preference in the application process.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
II. Physikalisches Institut A
RWTH Aachen University
Sommerfeldstr. 16
52074 Aachen