Flavia de Almeida Dias

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Favourite Thing: Smash things to see what comes out of it



PhD: São Paulo State University (BR) / California Institute of Technology (USA) – 2009-2012


Ph.D. in Particle Physics, B.Sc in Physics

Work History:

CERN! (2008-present)

Current Job:

Postdoctoral Research Associate at the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC


The University of Edinburgh

Me and my work

I use the worlds biggest camera to look at what happens when protons are smashed together in order to better understand the universe

My Typical Day

Designing software to analyse new data from the LHC, meetings with co-workers and students to talk about our work progress and solve our latest snags together

What I'd do with the money

With the money I would setup portable particle physics experiment with cloud chambers to bring the joy of particle physics to the high schools further away from big cities

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Talkative, dedicated, hyper

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Travelled all continents (except Antarctica) in a year, all for conferences and workshops

What did you want to be after you left school?

A scientist! Oh wait…

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Yes, I could not stop talking to my colleagues during classes, so my teachers were always annoyed at me

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I have contributed in the discovery of the Higgs boson

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My granddad gave me the book “Cosmos”, by Carl Sagan (transcripts from the TV series) when I was 10, and I was immediately in love with astronomy and the mysteries of the Universe

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?


If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Be happy, live long, achieve career goals

Tell us a joke.

Higgs Boson walks into a church and says “you can’t have mass without me!”

Other stuff

Work photos:


With the ATLAS detector, 100 m underground in the Swiss-French border near Geneva, at CERN.



ATLAS detector (top) and CMS detector (bottom), particle detectors at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.



The Large Hadron Collider tunnel.