CERN Accelerating science

New Staff members and fellows: March - June 2019

Chris Burr

Chris Burr

I have joined CERN as a fellow predominantly working on LHCb's distributed computing efforts. I have previously worked on LHCb as a PhD student studying rare and forbidden Charm decays as well as studying the alignment of the LHCb Upgrade vertex locator. I am also involved in the Starterkit, LHCb's software training programme, and have interests in software packaging and analysis preservation.

Stephen Dolan

Stephen Dolan

I finished my PhD at the University of Oxford on the T2K experiment in 2017 before moving to France and continuing my research at CEA Saclay and École Polytechnique. I have now joined the neutrino group here as a research fellow where I hope to maintain my involvement in T2K and its upgrades, whilst also contributing to the DUNE and SBN efforts under the supervision of Albert De Roeck. I am particularly interested in better understanding neutrino-nucleus interactions (which will be essential to precisely measure CP-violation in the lepton sector) through both novel measurements and cooperation with theorists. 

Enrico Gamberini

Enrico Gamberini

After my experience as a Fellow, I will keep working on the development of data acquisition (DAQ) systems for small and medium-sized experiments, as part of the EP-DT-DI section. I am continuing to contribute to the upgrade and maintenance of the ProtoDUNE-SP DAQ system, after its commissioning in the previous two years. I am currently the project manager for "DAQling", a lightweight DAQ software framework, and I follow its integration for the FASER experiment and other projects. Finally, I am working on the NA62 DAQ upgrade, specifically following the integration of the ATLAS FELIX readout system with the new NA62 TDC board.

Loukas Gouskos

Loukas Gouskos

I am a physicist working at the CMS experiment, and in April 2019 I joined the CERN-CMS group as a Fellow. The past years I worked on the R&D and commissioning of the CASTOR calorimeter of CMS, on the commissioning of the reconstruction and understanding of missing transverse momentum, and in searches for supersymmetric particles. As a Fellow I will focus on studying the Higgs properties, and continue working on jet substructure techniques using machine learning methods. Recently, I joined the High Granularity upgrade program focusing on the jet reconstruction.

Tim Evans

Tim Evans

I am a research fellow in experimental particle physics in the LHCb collaboration, having completed a Phd from the University of Oxford studying four-body charm decays in LHCb and with the legacy CLEO-c data, followed by postdoctoral research with the University of Cincinnati. My current research includes precision measurements of CP violation in the decays of B mesons and studies of multibody charmed baryon decays. I also have an interest in the current and future upgrades of the LHCb Vertex Locator, in particular the development of fast timing detectors.

Samuel Meehan

Samuel Meehan

At some point in secondary school, I was introduced to the idea of "fundamental particles" and I was hooked.  I have been fortunate enough to have been able to work with the ATLAS collaboration for the the past ten years, first while doing a summer internship at Stony Brook University.  Because my time in ATLAS has seen the startup of the LHC, its upgrade, and the accumulation of the Run 2 dataset, a majority of my time has been and still is spent on designing new reconstruction techniques and performing searches for BSM physics.  However, with an eye to the future, during my fellowship I am now setting my sights on understanding how to measure the integrated luminosity at the LHC while also continuing to satisfy my desire for discovery by contributing to the construction and commissioning of the FASER experiment to search for long lived particles.  The long shutdown is a super exciting time and I'm happy to spend it working at CERN!

Dominik Mitzel

Dominik Mitzel

I am an experimental physicist working at the LHCb experiment and recently finished my PhD in Heidelberg. My main research interest is in the field of charm physics involving mixing, rare decays and CP violation. All these processes are induced by higher order quantum loops in the Standard Model and highly suppressed, making them experimentally very challenging. Having been selected as a research fellow, I will remain strongly involved in physics analyses and further contribute to the measurements of the key observables in the charm system. Besides analysis work, I will be involved in the preparation of the upgraded detector for data taking in Run 3.

Daniel Hernandez Montesinos

Daniel Hernandez Montesinos

My name is Daniel Hernandez Montesinos, I am an electronic engineer and I am working together with my supervisor Sophie Baron in the Back-End section on the Electronic Systems for Experiments group. My work is related to the GBTx (Giga Bit Transceiver) and the lpGBT (low power Giga Bit Transceiver) ASICs made here at CERN. They will be on the LHC experiments to collect all the data coming from the particle collisions. My work is to give support to those engineers using both ASICs and design a new Demonstrator board to those users that want to play with the lpGBT.

Marcel Rieger

Marcel Rieger

I joined the CERN CMS group as a research fellow in May 2019. My research focuses on the search for events with two Higgs bosons to study the mechanism of Higgs self-coupling. This analysis constitutes an important probe of the Standard Model and, in case of deviations, can reveal signs of new physics phenomena. During my fellowship, I will also be involved in the development of new reconstruction algorithms for the CMS High Granularity Calorimeter that will be installed as part of the Phase 2 upgrade efforts. Additionally, my work will include the implementation of efficient machine learning algorithms within the CMS software, and the development of experiment-independent tools to enable analysis automation and preservation.

Gerrit Van Onsem

Gerrit Van Onsem

I joined the CERN CMS group as a research fellow. I will analyze the data collected by the CMS experiment in the last three years and search for signs of new particles. In particular, I will search for heavy resonances that decay to a pair of new bosons with high momentum. I also aim to develop software algorithms for the physics object reconstruction and simulation in the high-granularity endcap calorimeter of the planned CMS detector upgrade.

Omar Zapata

Omar Zapata

Omar Zapata is fellow in EP-SFT and he will work in a project to give support to use GPU and machine learning tools in the SWAN platform (https://swan.web.cern.ch).
Also, he will be working developing microservices platform integrated to SWAN.