PhD Studentships and Postgraduate Opportunities in High Energy Physics

NEW (November 2023):

The High Energy Physics group offers a fully funded PhD position to be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Applications from the UK are invited now with a deadline on the 15th of December. Later applications will still be considered until the position is available. The position will be within one of our exciting experimental activities (see the particle physics pages) and will be discussed and agreed between the particle physics team and the successful candidate. To apply to this position please contact the Particle Physics PhD Admissions director Prof Gian Casse and/or also make a formal online application (here) to the University of Liverpool. Please notice that reference letters can be emailed directly to Prof Gian Casse by the referees.

Positions for October 2024

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 2024 with a funded scholarship the interviews will take place between late February and mid-March, so applications should be submitted by the 29th of February 2024.

Later applications will be considered if not all positions are filled, or new opportunities arise. 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. Within the framework of these experiments, we offer 8-10 positions supported by STFC and other partners. Several projects are also linked with the Liverpool Big Data Science Centre for Doctoral Training. In this website you can find past, current and future opportunities to guide your choice in this very interesting research domain.


We offer fully-funded STFC studentships (for UK nationals and UK-based students only), For students starting in academic year 2023-24 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 2023-24. For more information about the STFC funded scholarships, including their terms and conditions, please see the dedicated STFC website.

In addition to the general PhD projects above, we have a split-site PhD available on the FASER Experiment searching for new long-lived particles at the LHC, jointly funded by the University and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL).  Full details of the position can be found here. Candidates interested in this position must apply to both Liverpool (following the procedure below) and RAL (following the procedure here) by the earlier deadline of the 2nd February 2024. For details on this position, and informal questions, please contact Dr. Carl Gwilliam (

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.

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 PhD positions with the Particle Physics group are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For the fully funded STFC studentships applications should be submitted by the deadline indicated at the top of this webpage. However, we encourage perspective students to get in touch throughout the year as we will consider all applications even if they come after the above deadline. Funded positions to late applicants are though not insured and will depend on availability of open studentships.

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