15 August 2018
(Credit: University of Bristol)
Professor Dave Newbold from the University of Bristol has been appointed as the new Director of the STFC Particle Physics Department.
Professor Newbold is currently the Head of the Particle Physics Research Group at the University of Bristol and has most recently been the principal investigator and UK spokesperson for the Compact Muon Solenoid detector, one of the four main experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The CMS is a general purpose detector designed to investigate a wide range of physics including supersymmetry, extra dimensions and particles that could make up dark matter.
In addition Professor Newbold has been undertaking a leadership role in the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) project based in the USA. On behalf of the UK Professor Newbold has been leading the collaboration design and construction activities for the data acquisition (DAQ) system.
Professor Newbold will take up his new post during September.
The Particle Physics Department (PPD) based at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire participates in and supports the UK particle physics experimental programme, providing capabilities that complement and go beyond what can be done in the universities.
STFC’s PPD physicists and technical staff maintain and develop many world-leading experiments within the UK programme of particle physics research, participate in the experimental programme with university groups, contribute to training of research students, and provide support and general infrastructure for university groups.