Postdoctoral research positions in Dark Universe Physics & Machine Learning


We invite applications for one or more postdoctoral research positions in the areas: dark matter phenomenology, cosmology, gravitational waves, machine learning for computational physics and statistical modeling, probabilistic and differentiable programming, and algorithms of deep learning.

The positions will start in fall 2021 and will be for initially two years, with a possible extension by another year contingent on performance. Successful applicants will work in the research group of Dr Christoph Weniger, and are encouraged to participate in the vibrant research environment of GRAPPA. Through UvA, they will receive access to major Dutch computing facilities. Research results are expected to be disseminated through scientific publications, conference presentations and/or software distributions. 

The research group of Dr Christoph Weniger aims at finding signals of physics beyond the Standard Model using a wide range of astrophysical observations. Focus is given to new observational approaches and technical challenges that others have not been able to overcome. The group has strong ties to the Dutch eScience center and AMLab, and is part of the GRAPPA cluster of excellence. More details can be found here.

What are you going to do?

You will work in the group of Dr Christoph Weniger, and be embedded in the GRAPPA Center of excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics, a multidisciplinary team of researchers active in a variety of research topics including dark matter, compact objects, high-energy astrophysics and physics beyond the standard model.

What do we require?


  • have a PhD in physics, astronomy or computer science;
  • are able to work independently and to collaborate in a collegial multidisciplinary research environment;
  • have demonstrated abilities in theoretical physics, software and algorithm development, and/or astrophysical modeling.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting in the Fall of 2021 for the duration of 2 years, with possible extension of a third year depending on performance. An assessment will take place at the end of the first year.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,790 to €4,402 (scale 10) 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? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

About the Faculty of Science and the IoP

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 center of excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics (GRAPPA ) is connected to the Institute of Physics and the Anton Pannekoek Institute at the University of Amsterdam as well as Nikhef. GRAPPA researchers have wide research interests, including dark matter phenomenology, cosmic rays, high-energy astrophysics, cosmology, black holes physics, gravitational waves, and string theory. It also includes experimental physicists active in the Antares/KM3NeT, ATLAS, CTA, LOFAR, and XENON1T collaborations.


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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.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 December 2020. You can apply online by using the link below.     

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a cover letter where you will present yourself briefly;
  • a personal statement where your general research interests, past research and research plans are described;
  • a CV including publication list and list of talks
  • contact details of three referees, who will be asked to upload their recommendation letters.


No agencies please

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