Darren Price


  • Professor of Particle Physics, Associate Dean for Engagement (Public, Civic and Outreach) Faculty of Science and Engineering, Particle Physics Group

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PhD projects

Direct dark matter detection on the DarkSide-20k experiment
Searches for new phenomena with the ATLAS experiment

Personal profile


Darren Price is a particle physicist and Professor of Particle Physics based at the University of Manchester. His research focuses on direct searches for dark matter and neutrino measurements using liquid argon Time Projection Chambers in international experimental facilities, development of cryogenic radiopure and high quantum efficiency silicon photosensors with single photon sensitivity for future rare event observatories. He also works on precision measurements and searches for new phenomena in high-energy QCD and electroweak interactions in high-energy proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He leads the SOLAIRE project, which aims to build a world-leading dark matter observatory in the UK in the coming decade.

He is a member of the ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider, at CERN, Geneva, and the DarkSide-20k and DarkSide-50 direct dark matter detection experiments based in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS) in Assergi, Italy. He is also a member of the DZero Collaboration at Fermilab, Chicago, and previously performed research on the SuperNEMO neutrinoless double beta decay experiment.

He currently holds a University Presidential Fellowship at Manchester. He previously held an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship and an EU-funded Marie Curie Research Fellowship at Manchester, a Senior Experimental Fellowship at the IPPP Durham, and a Turing Fellowship at the Alan Turing Institute, London, where he led the "Developing machine learning-enabled experimental design, model building and scientific discovery" project. Before that he was a postdoctoral fellow with Indiana University based at Fermilab, Chicago and CERN, Geneva.

Darren is Director of the STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science (4IR) at the University of Manchester. This Centre is a consortium across Manchester, Lancaster, and Sheffield Universities, with Manchester as the lead institute, covering fundamental research in astrophysics, particle physics and nuclear physics with industry/public/third sector engagement, placements, with joint training activities.

From 2024, he serves as Associate Dean for Engagement (Public, Civic and Outreach) for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.


Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute, London

University Presidential Fellowship, University of Manchester 

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow, University of Manchester

IPPP Senior Experimental Fellow, Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, University of Durham 

EU Marie Curie IEF Fellow, University of Manchester

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Indiana University, USA

PhD Experimental Particle Physics, Lancaster University 

MSc Experimental Particle Physics, University of Manchester 

MA Mathematical Tripos, University of Cambridge

Research interests

Dark matter

Weak boson fusion


Quantum Chromodynamics

Rare Higgs boson decays

Double parton scattering

Novel searches for low mass states

Reinterpretations of particle physics data

Applications of machine learning to particle physics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

Education and Outreach Coordinator, ATLAS Collaboration, CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)

Feb 2022Mar 2024

Particle Physics Grants Panel, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC - Technology)

Oct 2019 → …

Turing Fellow, Alan Turing Institute

Apr 2019 → …

UK representative on the Collaboration Board, International Particle Physics Outreach Group Collaboration

14 Jul 2017 → …

ATLAS B-Physics and Light States physics group coordinator, CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)

1 Oct 201430 Sept 2016

Areas of expertise

  • QC Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Machine Learning
  • Simulation
  • Open Science
  • Open Data

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Digital Futures
  • Sustainable Futures


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