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PhD in theoretical physics: “New ideas in the search for dark matter” (H/F)

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General information

Reference : UMR5108-PASSER-003
Date of publication : Thursday, April 02, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Pasquale Dario Serpico
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

Despite overwhelming evidence for dark matter (DM) from gravitational probes, its nature remains a mystery. Direct, indirect and collider searches of the most popular candidates (so-called WIMPs) have come empty-handed till now. This can be 'simply' due to the fact that the WIMP particles have been kinematically out of reach, or to the fact that the main paradigm has to be deeply changed. The goals of the thesis are twofold: i) Scrutinizing the space left for WIMP DM matter with current telescopes and provide accurate predictions for the sensitivity of future instruments to DM signals. ii) Developing the reach for constraints on or detection possibilities of exotic signals, notably with multi-wavelength and multi-messenger observations (including the newly opened gravitational wave window).

Work Context

We are looking for candidates to a 3-years PhD position at LAPTh (Annecy, France), starting in Fall 2020, within an international collaboration program between CNRS and the University of Chicago. The chosen candidate will join the LAPTh astroparticle and cosmology group (F. Calore, P. Salati, P. Serpico, R. Taillet, plus postdocs and students), but will develop part of his/her research in collaboration with Prof. D. Hooper and his group at the University of Chicago (USA), which the candidate is expected to visit regularly. Interactions with the particle physics group at LAPTh, the LSST cosmology groups at LAPP (Annecy) and LPSC (Grenoble), LUPM (Montpellier) and the Virgo gravitational wave group at LAPP (Annecy) are also foreseen.

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Additional Information

Candidates must submit the following documents exclusively through this website

1. CV, copy of study certificates (Bachelor, Master, if available, otherwise to be obtained before the starting date) and list of exams/grades.

2. Motivation Letter (describing the applicant's interest in the project and previous research experience/internships). Max 3 pages

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