Prospective Graduate Students
The BaBar group at UBC typically has two openings for new graduate students
each year, at either the MSc or PhD level. The Physics and Astronomy
Department has a
guaranteed funding policy for all graduate students, so that BaBar graduate
students may concentrate on their course work and thesis research, without
worrying about funding.
There is a broad range of exciting potential thesis topics and research
experiences and opportunities open to UBC BaBar graduate students. Your thesis
topic can easily be tailored to suit your interests and personal goals. PhD
students will typically spend 1-2 years on site at SLAC during the course of
their studies. You will have the opportunity to:
- take responsibility in the day to day running of the experiment and its
associated software while at SLAC.
- perform a physics analysis which normally is the centerpiece of your thesis and
usually leads to a publication.
- develop, test, calibrate and improve detector instrumentation
and associated software
- participate in workshops, summer schools, conferences or scientific
meetings (in Canada or abroad)
- gain experience in very large scale computing and
databases (BaBar now arguably has the largest database in the world, with well
over 900 Terabytes as of June 2004.) See independent reports on BaBar by
Business Wire in January 2004 and
Washington Technology in October 2003.
Undergraduate Senior Theses
The BaBar group is open to proposals from senior honours thesis students.
We often take on NSERC USRA
summer students and/or co-op students as well.
The BaBar group is open to proposals from recent PhDs from NATO member countries (mainly former Soviet Union)
for a NSERC NATO Science Fellowship
The UBC BaBar group (and the entire Canadian BaBar group) has a detector focus on
the drift chamber/tracking system. The Babar drift chamber was assembled and strung
at TRIUMF, here on the UBC campus. The UBC group assumes responsibility for several tasks
relating to operation, hardware, software, calibration quality control of the drift
chamber/tracking system. PhD students will typically take some responsibility related to
the drift chamber or tracking during their first two to three years with BaBar.