PhD Studentships and Postgraduate Opportunities in High Energy Physics

We are looking for prospective PhD students to work with us on a range of exciting projects in particle physics. For students aiming to start a PhD in October 2022 with a funded scholarship the applications are open until the positions are filled. We are happy to consider students with external sources of funding and for those students that deadline does not apply.

Projects for PhD students

If you are interested in a PhD on Particle Physics with us see the list of experiments that our group participates. You can find there links with descriptions on what each project is, along with contact people in case you have further inquiries. Some of the projects are also linked with the Liverpool Big Data Science Centre for Doctoral Training and related past, current and future opportunities are found in their website as well.


We offer fully-funded STFC studentships (for UK nationals and UK-based students only), For students starting in academic year 2021-22 STFC studentships can be used to partially fund international students as well. School Funded Scholarships PhD positions (for EU+Swiss students), as well as a number of studentships funded through other sources. Notice that there will be no school funded scholarships for students starting in 2021-22. For more information about the STFC funded scholarships, including their terms and conditions, please see the dedicated STFC website.

We offer a jointly funded PhD on the ATLAS experiment with DESY - see here for details.

We also welcome and support prospective students who are either able to self-fund their PhD studies or are planning for or have already secured a funded PhD scholarship. We can point interested candidates to suitable schemes. More information about the level of funding needed to self fund is available at the University webpage.

Various funding opportunities throughout the University of Liverpool appear in this webpage. Additional PhD opportunities aligned with the research at Liverpool can be found here. Of particular interest from that list is the opportunity to work on the AION and MAGIS experiments with Liverpool's Dr. Jon Coleman, with a 50-50 split of time between RAL and Liverpool, as well as some time at Fermilab Illinois, see here.

How to apply

Any student interested in a PhD studentship in our group should contact the Particle Physics PhD Admissions director Prof Gian Casse and also make a formal online application to the University of Liverpool. Please notice that reference letters can be emailed directly to Prof Gian Casse by the referees. Make sure to indicate that you are interested in a PhD position in the area of particle physics and indicate a list of experiments you are interested in, in the research proposal section of the application. You do not need to fill the proposed supervisor section; if you want just put Prof Gian Casse to facilitate the application processing.


Students interested in applying for a PhD position are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For the fully-funded STFC studentships students should submit an application by the deadline indicated at the top of this webpage. We will consider all applications even if they come after this deadline, however, we cannot promise funding to late applicants since the positions may have been already allocated.

English Language requirement

EU or international students whose first language is not English are usually required to provide an IELTS (or equivalent) test score to demonstrate their proficiency in English. See this link for full details.

Particle Physics Contacts:

Prof GIan Casse
Department of Physics
Oliver Lodge Laboratory
University of Liverpool
L69 7ZE

Tel: +44 (0)151 794 3399



For more general inquiries please refer to the School of Physical Sciences