Steve Worm is an academic staff member at the University of Birmingham, having joined in 2016. Before this he was a Senior Scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, Professor at Rutgers University in the USA, and European Union Marie Curie Fellow at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.
Steve led searches for new particles and physics interactions at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) and Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) experiments, having convened the groups responsible for finding new physics beyond that of the Standard Model. Steve was responsible for the searches for new “exotic” particles such as dark matter, extra dimensions and new long-lived particles (also Supersymmetry and Higgs bosons at CDF). At the time of his leadership, these were the largest topical physics groups in the field, with about 600 members in the case of CMS.
He is an expert in silicon detector systems, and led the silicon sensor development, procurement and implementation for CDF. He led silicon pixel sensor R&D for the International Linear Collider with the LCFI collaboration, leading the group that pioneered the development of fully-depleted monolithic pixels with deep p-type implantation. He continues to develop new CMOS sensors via collaborative efforts in the UK and with the AIDA-2020 collaboration in the EU.
Steve pioneered new techniques at the LHC to search for Dark Matter in the "monojet" search channel, by optimising the analysis techniques with colleagues and writing some of the early and highly-cited papers on the topic. In the process he helped to create what is now an entirely new area of research, that of generic, collider-based searches for dark matter. He chairs the International Organising Committee for the Dark Matter @ LHC Workshop series.
Steve is currently searching for dark matter at the LHC and building the next generation of tracking detectors for the upgraded ATLAS experiment.
In addition to the above, Dr Worm has led many efforts to connect science to industrial or other academic sectors, helping to launch the Hartree Centre, the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications and the S2I: the Midlands centre for STFC business engagement.