Openings for Two Grad Students in QCD Physics in ATLAS and COMPASS at CERN and UIUC

Lance Cooper

Graduate Research on QCD Physics in ATLAS and COMPASS at CERN and at UIUC

Contacts: Matthias Grosse Perdekamp ( and Caroline Riedl (

Description:  The experimental nuclear physics group at UIUC is looking for two graduate students for physics data analysis and instrumentation development for the ATLAS and COMPASS experiments at CERN. CERN is the European Center for Nuclear Research in Geneva Switzerland. Our group explores the fundamental QCD interactions of quarks and gluons and the synthesis of quarks and gluons forming protons and neutrons. Our group is among the best funded QCD physics groups in the country and there will be the opportunity to work at CERN and participate at external ATLAS or COMPASS data analysis workshops.

The students will work on physics data analysis as well as an instrumentation or computing related project in ATLAS or COMPASS. In the past, the combination of instrumentation R&D, computational research, and physics-analysis of massive data sets have prepared graduate students in our group well for careers in academia and industry. Graduates have joined Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia University, Lockheed Martin/NASA, Northrop Grumman, Goldman Sachs, Citadel and Capital One.

In COMPASS our research focuses on the emergences of the proton spin from the quark and gluon spins and from the intrinsic orbital angular momentum of quarks. In ATLAS, we concentrate on the experimental search for the Color Glass Condensate, a new form of strongly interacting gluonic matter. The data analysis in COMPASS will be carried out with Blue Waters using a new large Blue Waters allocation of 10 million node hours - a $7 million allocation made in this year's Petascale Computing Resource Allocation competition of the NSF.

Additional Information: Please contact Caroline Riedl ( or Matthias Perdekamp ( if you are interested