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Individual research projects

Young researchers will work on cutting-edge research projects under the close supervision of senior scientists. The individual projects are essentially a research apprenticeship, allowing the Young Researcher to sharpen their critical skills and to develop an investigation methodology. Experience has shown that formal weekly meetings with a supervisor are an effective mechanism for maintaining progress, providing a focus for research efforts and a forum for giving feedback. We also encourage students to approach supervisors and staff members informally to discuss their research.

Formal course work

All nodes operate a series of formal lecture courses which are designed to expand the background knowledge of ESRs and to enable them to acquire the relevant skills for their research project. All nodes operate basic courses, including Introductory Field Theory, Group Theory, Standard Model, Quantum Electrodynamics and Quantum Field Theory, Experimental Methods etc. 

Research environment

Formal training at the host institution is supplemented by regular specialised seminars, journal clubs and more general colloquia offering a large coverage of many other aspects of physics. The seminars will often be delivered by scientists of other nodes and aim to provide an up-to-date and direct access to on-going research in high energy physics. They are particularly important for young scientists to help grasp new ideas and to help place their own research in the wider context.