Dr. Petra Van Mulders

Post-doctoral researcher of the FWO-Vlaanderen at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel



I am a postdoctoral researcher and part-time (10%) professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. I decided to pursue my curiosity in particle physics after my first visit to CERN at the age of 16. After completing my master thesis in 2006, I was awarded a PhD fellowship to develop a new technique for the calibration of the jet energies using top quarks at the LHC. Less than four years later, I graduated and thereafter initiated the development of an innovating search strategy for a sequential fourth generation of quarks. Under my leadership this project resulted in 2012 in the world-best exclusion limits on the existence of these quarks. Simultaneously, I committed myself to the development of new b-jet identification techniques important to study the properties of the recently discovered Higgs particle. After developing various improvements and novel techniques, in 2014 I was selected to become convener of the vertexing and heavy-flavour jet identification group in the CMS collaboration coordinating the research of about 80 people worldwide on this topic. Since 2013, I am also leading the participation of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in the SoLid experiment, a new type of neutrino experiment at very short baseline located at the BR2 reactor at SCK-CEN in Mol (Belgium). I have been supervisor or promotor of in total 5 PhD and 4 master theses.

Petra Van Mulders



Career highlights

Research activities in the SoLid Collaboration

  • Responsible for all background related studies, both for SM1 and the full-scale detector (since 2016)
  • Construction and commissioning of the full-scale SoLid experiment (since 2016)
  • Construction, installation and commissioning of the first submodule (SM1) as well as light yield attenuation studies (2014-2015)
  • Operation of and data analysis using the 32-channel prototype (NEMENIX), in particular muon studies (2013-2014)

Research activities in the CMS Collaboration

Awards and career highlights

  • 2016: Principle investigator of a funding project (Research Fund - Flanders) running between 2017 and 2020 (685kEur). Joint project with the universities of Ghent and Antwerp and the SCK•CEN insitute.
  • 2016: Leading all background studies in the SoLid collaboration
  • 2015: Ranked first among all applications for physics in Flanders for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship from FWO Vlaanderen (Research Fund - Flanders)
  • 2014: Co-principle investigator of funding project (Research Fund - Flanders) running between 2015 and 2018 (755kEur). Joint project with the university of Antwerp and the SCK•CEN insitute.
  • 2014: Awarded 10% professorship at Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • 2014: Leader of the heavy-quark-jet identification group in the CMS Collaboration at CERN (L2 convener)
  • 2013: Leading the participation of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in the SoLid experiment
  • 2013: One of the 3 finalists for the annual Young Scientist Oral Contest of the Belgian Physics Society
  • 2012: Ranked first among all applications for physics in Flanders for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship from FWO Vlaanderen (Research Foundation Flanders)
  • 2006: Awarded a 4-year Strategic Basic Research grant from IWTVlaanderen
  • 2006: Awarded 3 months prescholarship funding

A selection of conference talks

Supervised dissertations (PhD/master)

Publications

Link to publications on INSPIRE HEP

    Dr. Petra Van Mulders • Vrije Universiteit Brussel • Pleinlaan 2 • 1050 Brussel • +32 498 591065 • pvmulder@vub.ac.be

Last updated 5 December 2016