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Nikhef participates in large research collaborations, including the ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the VIRGO interferometer in Pisa, the Xenon1T dark matter experiment in Gran Sasso, the Pierre Auger cosmic ray observatory in Argentina and the eEDM research programme in Groningen. Nikhef also hosts a group in theoretical physics, and groups for Physics Data Processing and detector R&D, all with good connections to the experimental programs.

What are you going to do?

While the successful candidate will be employed by the Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam, you will be fully embedded in the Gravitational Waves group at Nikhef. The emphasis of the position is on using signals from coalescing binary objects (neutron stars and/or black holes) as ‘standard sirens’ for cosmological measurements. The successful candidate will work with the groups of Prof. Chris van den Broeck (Nikhef and Utrecht University), and of Dr Samaya Nissanke (Nikhef and University of Amsterdam). The gravitational physics division at Nikhef (led by Prof. Frank Linde) has close ties with gravitational wave researchers at universities and institutes across the Netherlands, which apart from instrumentalists includes astronomers, astrophysicists, and theorists, such as Baumann, Bertone, Caudill, Groot, Hinderer, Jonker, Levan, Moesta, and Nelemans. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

What do we require?

You have a master’s degree in Physics or a closely related discipline. Excellent analysis skills and an analytical mind-set, as well as excellent communication skills, including written English language proficiency are required. You have an ability to work independently and as a member of a research team. A collaborative attitude is strongly desired.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

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About the Faculty of Science, the Institute of Physics and Nikhef

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Institute of Physics (IoP) is located in the center of the Amsterdam Science Park. The IoP – as part of the Faculty of Science –is housed in a modern building with excellent labs and technical facilities. Surrounded by several national research institutes and with our partners at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the institute is part of a strong physics center of international standing. One of the institutes that the IoP has very close ties to is Nikhef, the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. The present vacancy is fully embedded in the KM3NeT group of Nikhef.

Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. The University of Amsterdam is one of the six major Dutch universities that constitute the institute together with the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO).
At Nikhef, approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together in an open and international scientific environment. Together, they perform theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle and astroparticle physics.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Interested candidates can send in their applications by clicking the button below. Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, publication list, and curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research interest. Also, please separately arrange for least two references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for full consideration is 1 December 2020, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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