Doctoral student programme: projects


Doctoral Student Programme projects


The following table shows a non-exhaustive list of examples of projects that will be considered for the next Doctoral student selection round.

If any of these project examples interest you specifically, you can specify which one in the application process, indicating the project number in the corresponding question.

Please note that this is not mandatory, nor is it a guarantee that the project you select will be the final one you work on. Further, your application will be considered even without a specific project being chosen.

For information, CERN typically selects around 40-60 doctoral students at each selection committee.


Project number


Project Title

Project Description


IT, mathematics and robotics 

The Socio-Economic Value of Open Data and Software in the Large Hadron Collider Research Programme at CERN

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IT, mathematics and robotics

The Creation of Regional Socio-Economic Value in Global Research Infrastructure Projects


Applied Physics

Pulsed formation of antiprotonic atoms

Antiprotonic atoms have been formed in the past, but not controllably. Procedures developed in the last years have led to the possibility of pulsed formation of antiprotonic atoms, such as antiprotonic cesium of protonium (a proton-antiproton atom), opening the way to targeted precision studies of these systems. In order to implement these procedures and study the formed systems, modifications of the existing control software and diagnostic detectors are required. For the former, existing software packages based on LabView, javascript and C++ will need to be completely rewritten, and the involved electronics architecture replaced with a more flexible system. For the later, detectors able to measure the radiative cascade (from the optical spectrum up to x-rays of several tens of keV) with the highest possible resolution, and able to work in the cryogenic environment of the AEgIS experiment will need to be developed, and a detector array built, installed, and commissioned. Finally, detectors allowing to monitor and characterize the ionic precursors (H-, Cs, Cs-) to the antiprotonic atoms are needed in order to ensure reproducibility and fidelity, and will require species-specific solutions.

Depending on the interests and experience of the candidate, involvement in the definition and implementation of the requisite laser systems (ranging from XUV to infrared) that are central to the pulsed formation of antiprotonic atoms and their excitation into Rydberg states will also be part of the PhD project.

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