My name is Josh McFayden & I'm an experimental particle physicist. That means I'm trying work out why the world around us, & the universe, is the way it is!

I'm currently a Research Fellow at CERN. The experiment I work on is the ATLAS detector which is based at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

When I was younger I always got into trouble taking things apart because I wanted to understand how they work. My research at the LHC is pretty similar! We try to work out what the fundamental building blocks of the universe are: What properties do they have? How do they interact with each other? How does all that give rise to the world around us?

The most exciting thing about my job is that when you're making increasingly accurate measurements or searching for new particles, every few weeks you get to a point where you are the first person on the planet to have ever looked at this particular thing! That's what fundamental research is all about & that's why I love it!

For more information about me, my research, outreach activities & more see the links on the left.