LAPTh, an overview
LAPTh is a mixed research unit (UMR 5108) of the CNRS (within the Institute of Physics, INP) and the Université de Savoie. It is located in Annecy-le-Vieux, 5km from the centre of Annecy and about 40km from CERN and Geneva. The activities of LAPTh are centred around three main areas of research:
LAPTh has an opening for three 3 post-doctoral research positions to be recruited in fall 2015.
One position is in the area of Astroparticle Physics. Although a preference is given to cosmology and related particle physics topics other research interests in theoretical astroparticle physics will be given consideration. More details on the position and the online application are accessed here. The second position is the particle physics team and is share with the theory group of LPSC in Grenoble. The programme is geared towards the interpretation of New Physics searches at the LHC. Details and online application are to be found here. The third position is within the Mathematical Physics team and covers various aspects of the theory of (quantum) integrable systems. Details and online application are to be found here
LAPTh is a member of HiggsTools, an Initial Training Network (ITN) supported by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission.
HiggsTools consists of 10 teams from 37 European Universities and Research Institutes, one International Organisation (CERN), and 4 partners from the private sector.
LAPTh is the coordiantoor of the French participation. The programme covers the important physics of the Higgs and the concommitant topic of the nature of the electroweak symmetry breaking and what may lie beyond it. More info here.
Fête de la Science 2014
FETE DE LA SCIENCE 2014
Samedi 11 et dimanche 12 octobre 2014, à l'occasion de la fête de la science, le LAPP et le LAPTh organisent leurs traditionnelles journées portes ouvertes. Durant ces deux jours, le laboratoire ouvrira ses portes aux visiteurs entre 10h et 18h.
Cette année nos portes ouvertes seront orientées essentiellement vers une découverte des expériences et des activités du laboratoire. Sur les différents stands, les visiteurs pourront ainsi dialoguer avec les physiciens, ingénieurs et techniciens du laboratoire sur des sujets variés tels que la recherche de nouvelles particules au LHC, l'anti-matière, les rayons cosmiques, l'électronique, l'informatique et la mécanique dans les expériences, les neutrinos, les ondes gravitationnelles ou la recherche de la matière noire.
Dark Matter in the Front Line
France Culture in partnership with Pour la Science magazine (French edition of Scientific American) invited Richard Taillet from the LAPTh Astrophysics and Cosmology Team and Professor at Université de Savoie to talk about Dark Matter Hunting in Underground Experiments. He reviewed the human challenges and the technological infrastructure that are put in place today in the search of the missing dark matter of the universe. Thanks to more and more precise instruments installed in old mines, physicists are searching for the elusive dark matter. With detector sensitivity increasing the noose is tightening around this hypothetical component of the Universe ....
Listen to the radio programme (Richard talks at 45 minutes into the programme)
Read "The Underground Hunters for Dark Matter" by Richard Taillet in "Pour la Science"
Summer School in Particle and Astroparticle physics of Annecy-le-Vieux, 21-25 July 2014
The school aims at introducing Particle Physics and Astroparticle physics to 4th and advanced 3rd year physics students from anywhere in the world. The most recent research topics and results in these fields will be presented. It consists of 4 days of lectures on LHC Physics, Neutrinos, Heavy Flavours, Astroparticle Physics, Gravitational Waves. Computational tools for these fields will also be introduced during a hands-on session. The students will be immersed in an international research atmosphere, and will be able to spend time and discuss at length with scientists working in the field.
Courses will be in English. No background knowledge on the topics covered beyond a popular science level is assumed. A strong basis in Quantum Mechanics is expected, however.
Jobs : PhD positions Enigmass2014
The "Excellence Laboratory" ENIGMASS is offering up to three 3-year Ph.D. positions (doctoral fellowships) starting autumn 2014 in Annecy and Grenoble.
The proposed Ph.D. subjects are available here. Applicants should have a Master-2 diploma (or equivalent) by the end of July 2014.
Deadline for applying is April 21st 2014.
Applicants should fill the application form available here. The selection will be done by the beginning of May 2014.
Were are not guinea pigs
A LAPTh member on the French TV show "On n'est pas que des Cobayes" (we are not only gunea pigs). This is a regular show on the national channel France 5.
Richard Taillet was invited to participate in the issue of January 10, 2014, where friendly "cobayes" wonder if one can jump off a running train, as in the movies.
The CCSTI Cran Gevrier, LAPP, and LAPTh teamed up for the organisation of one of the four regional finals of FameLab on 17 april 2014 in Annecy. FameLab is an international contest in scientific communication, which was created in 2005 at the Times Cheltenham Festival, and which involves each year more than 5000 young scientists and engineers from more than 20 countries. This year, the first French edition of this contest will take place, organised in collaboration with AMCSTI, CNES, CERN, INSERM, and Cheltenham Festival.
The candidates for FameLab France have to
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