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Prof. Dr. Costas Andreopoulos
At any given time our group spans 15 time zones, with group members based at the University of Liverpool, at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory just south of Oxford, at Fermilab west of Chicago, and at J-PARC north of Tokyo.

We became nomads to pursue the best science and to address some of the most important questions in our field. Our focus is on accelerator-based neutrino physics, and we conduct research mainly in the Fermilab SBN programme, particularly in the SBND experiment, and in the T2K experiment in Japan. We contribute to R&D for the future DUNE experiment in US, and explore disruptive neutrino applications in the ESA-funded POSITRINO project. The group is renowned for its expertise in the area of advanced neutrino data analysis and physics simulations, and we lead VALOR and GENIE, two well-known brand names in neutrino physics.

Meet my awesome group below!

  Post-Doctoral Research Associates

2019 - present: Dr. Chris Barry (University of Liverpool)
Position funded by the European Space Agency.

Projects: POSITRINO

2016 - present: Dr. Marco Roda (University of Liverpool)
Position funded by the DUNE-UK STFC project and the Liverpool Physics Dept.

Projects: SBN/SBND, DUNE, GENIE, POSITRINO
Positions of responsibility: 2018 - present, SBN Neutrino MC Generators WG co-Coordinator; 2019 - present, GENIE Forum Coordinator

2016 - 2019: Dr. Steve Dennis (University of Liverpool)
Position funded by DUNE-UK STFC project.

Projects: T2K, SBN/SBND, DUNE, GENIE, VALOR
Positions of responsibility: 2017 - 2019, DUNE-UK WP1.1 [Near Detector Constraints and Oscillation Sensitivity] Coordinator;

→ Now a Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge (DUNE and MicroBooNE).


PhD students

Starts October 1st 2021: Ms. Bethany Slater (University of Liverpool)
PhD studentship fully funded by STFCd (project reference: TBD)

Thesis [Tentative]: Neutrino Flux and Interaction Systematic Constraints for the SBN Sterile Neutrino Oscillation Search from a Comprehensive Joint Analysis of Exclusive Topological Event Samples on SBND


2019 - present: Mr. Jaiden Parlone (University of Liverpool)
PhD studentship fully funded by an STFC award (project reference: 2275621) to the Physics Dept. of the University of Liverpool. This studentship is part of LIV.DAT, the Liverpool Big Data Science Centre for Doctoral Training.


Thesis [Tentative]: Charge-Parity (CP) Violation from a Global 3-Flavour Analysis of Neutrino and Antineutrino Data from Long-Baseline Accelerator-Based Experiments.


2018 - present: Mr. Frank Thomas Ham (University of Liverpool)
PhD studentship funded by an STFC award (project reference 2113282) to the Physics Dept. of the University of Liverpool. and a Liverpool Graduate Teaching Award (GTA).

Thesis [Tentative]: SBN electron-neutrino appearance, SBND-driven systematic constraints


2017 - present: Ms. Júlia Tena Vidal (University of Liverpool)
PhD studentship fully funded by an STFC award to LIV.DAT, the Liverpool Big Data Science Centre for Doctoral Training (project reference: 2021488)
Co-supervisor: Prof. Hugh Gallagher (Tufts)

Thesis [Tentative]: Global analysis of neutrino scattering data and development of new GENIE tunes

Recipient of the 2018 Leo Carrol award (Liverpool HEP) for outstanding post-graduate research.


2017 - present: Mr. Jaggar Henzerling (University of Liverpool)

Thesis [Tentative]: Deep Learning applications for LArTPC neutrino event reconstruction and cancer prognosis


2016 - present: Mr. Francis Bench (University of Liverpool)
PhD studentship funded by STFC (project reference 1796813) and a Liverpool Graduate Teaching Award.

Thesis [Tentative]: Study of Neutrino and Anti-Neutrino Oscillations in the 3-Flavour PMNS Paradigm at the T2K Experiment: Constraints on the Charge-Parity Invariance Violating Phase and Search for Electron Anti-Neutrino Appearance

Results from Francis' doctoral work were published in Nature 580 (2020) 7803, 339-344 and Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 161802 (2020)
Recipent of the 2019 John G Rutherglen memorial prize.


2016 - present: Ms Rhiannon Jones (University of Liverpool)
PhD studentship funded by STFC (project reference 1796886) and a Liverpool Graduate Teaching Award.
Co-supervisor: Prof. Christos Touramanis (University of Liverpool)

Thesis [Tentative]: Development of SBN muon-neutrino disappearance analysis, development of exclusive events selections on SBND


2014 - 12/2018: Dr. Christopher Barry (University of Liverpool)

Thesis: `Joint Analysis of Neutrino and Antineutrino Data from the T2K Experiment and Indications for Charge-Parity (CP) Violation' [Full text in T2K-THESIS-108]

Results from Chris's doctoral work were published in PRL 121:171802 (2018)

→ Now a Research Associate at the University of Liverpool (ESA/POSITRINO project).


2011 - 10/2015: Dr. Steve Dennis (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory & University of Warwick)
Co-supervisors: Dr. Steve Boyd (University of Warwick) and Dr. Gary Barker (University of Warwick)

Thesis: `Muon Antineutrino Disappearance and Non-Standard Interactions at the T2K Experiment' [full text in T2K-THESIS-069]

Results from Steve's doctoral work were published in PRL 116:181801 (2016)

→ Now a Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge (DUNE and MicroBooNE).
→ Previously a Research Associate at the University of Liverpool (DUNE, SBND, T2K and GENIE).


2011 - 12/2014: Dr. Lorena Escudero (CSIC and University of Valencia)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Anselmo Cervera (IFIC Valencia)

Thesis: `Joint Analysis of Three Flavour Neutrino Oscillations Combining the Electron-Neutrino Appearance and Muon-Neutrino Disappearance Channels in the T2K Experiment' [full text in T2K-THESIS-070]

Results from Lorena's doctoral work were published in PRD 91:072010 (2015).
Recipient of the IFIC outstanding PhD thesis award.

→ Now a Research Associate in the Department of Radiology at the University of Cambridge
→ Previously a Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge (DUNE and MicroBooNE).


2010 - 07/2014: Dr. Thomas Dealtry (STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory & University of Oxford)
Co-supervisor: Prof. Alfons Weber (STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory & University of Oxford)

Thesis: `Precise Measurement of Muon-Neutrino Disappearance in the T2K Experiment' [Full text in T2K-THESIS-057]

Results from Tom's doctoral work were published in PRL 111:211803 (2013) and PRL 112:181801 (2014).

→ Now a Research Associate at the University of Lancaster (HyperK, T2K).
→ Previously a Research Associate at the University of Oxford (DUNE).


2008 - 12/2012: Dr. James Dobson (Imperial College London)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Yoshi Uchida (Imperial College London)

Thesis: `Neutrino-Induced Charged-Current π+ Production at the T2K Near Detector' [Full text in T2K-THESIS-019]

→ Now an Ernest Rutherford Fellow at UCL (LZ).
→ Previously a Research Associate at UCL/Edinburgh (dark matter experiments).


Interested in joining us? Information for prospective PhD students

Fully-funded PhD positions are offered each year. Potential PhD projects are listed below. Several MPhys and BSc projects are also available. I am happy to discuss other possibilities too.

PhD thesis topics offered:

  • Multi-channel search for sterile neutrinos at the SBN.
  • Muon-neutrino disappearance at the SBN.
  • Electron neutrino appearance and/or disappearance at the SBN.
  • SBND-driven neutrino flux and interaction systematic constraints for the SBN sterile neutrino searches.
  • Measurement of νμ CC cross section without pions in the final state in SBND.
  • Measurement of νμ CC π+- production in SBND.
  • Measurement of νμ CC π0 production in SBND.
  • Development of an Argon tune for the GENIE Neutrino Monte Carlo Generator using a global fit to SBND and external data.