PhD Scholarships in experimental and theoretical particle physics of dark matter

Applications are open for up to three PhD positions at The University of Sydney, to conduct research in the field of dark matter. The scholarships are funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with academics in the astroparticle group, including Prof. Celine Boehm, Dr. Theresa Fruth, Dr. Laura Manenti, Dr. Ciaran O’Hare and Dr. Ellen Sirks, on a range of possible projects related to dark matter, including the option for both theoretical and experimental projects.

The research may incorporate any mixture of theoretical particle physics, astroparticle data analysis, cosmological simulations, the construction and testing of particle detectors, as well as analyses of experimental data from dark matter detectors in Australia. The ultimate projects would be subject to discussion, and depend on the preferences and skills of the successful candidates. There will also be numerous opportunities to collaborate and engage with other particle physicists from across Australia and around the world. 


The scholarship supplies a stipend set at the ARC rate of AU$29,863 per annum for 3 years, with options available from the faculty for additional completion scholarships. There will also be up to  AU$1500 provided for computing resources by the School of Physics, and further postgraduate research support funding of up AU$3500 (still correct number?), subject to application.


By the starting date, the candidate must hold a First or Second Class Upper Honours degree or Masters degree with a substantial research component. Ideally, past research experience should be focused towards particle and/or astroparticle physics but can be within either experimental or theoretical disciplines.

How to apply

The application process will be completed via the University of Sydney’s internal system, so please first express your interest in the position by emailing Ciaran O’Hare ( as soon as possible with a short personal description, CV, and any other relevant details you have on hand already, for example, a description of your prior research experience, or academic transcripts. These are not required to initially express interest but will be needed during the formal application process. In your email, please state clearly if you are interested in doing a PhD in an experimental or theoretical project.

We strongly encourage applications from historically under-represented communities in physics worldwide.

Relevant links:

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics