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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

B anomalies: searching for physics beyond the Standard Model

Research Group: Particle Physics Research Centre
Number of Students: 1
Length of Study in Years: 4 Years
Full-time Project: yes


This studentship is funded via a studentship from the China Scholarship Council.  CSC is offering a monthly stipend to cover living expenses and QMUL is waving fees and hosting the student. These scholarships are available only for Chinese candidates. 

Project Description

Over the past two decades there have been unexplained deviations from Standard Model expectations of particle interactions involving b-quarks and in particular B mesons. Individually no one deviation is sufficient to break the Standard Model; but there is a pattern of deviations that provide a tantalising hint of something that is not consistent with our understanding.  This project will focus on studying one of the B anomalies at a world leading experimental facility. The aim will be to make a precision measurement that will add to the wealth of knowledge that particle physics experimentalists and theorists use to understand if the anomalies observed today are from physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. For example, these deviations could come from some kind of new high energy particle yet to be discovered.

Your supervisor will be a leading expert in B physics with over two and a half decades of experience in studying the decays of heavy flavour particles, mostly B mesons. You will be expected to make a significant contribution to understanding the B anomalies, using modern data science techniques.  This is an Experimental Particle Physics PhD programme. However, depending on the candidate there may be opportunities to explore phenomenological interpretation of the results that are obtained, or of related decay modes.

Supervisor Contact Details:

For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Adrian Bevan at

Deadline - 31st of January 2023

Application Method:

To apply for this studentship please select September entry in the following page:




The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.

If English is not your first language you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).

SPCS Academics: Prof. Adrian Bevan