We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate for 1 PhD position in particle astrophysics and machine learning at the University of Amsterdam. You will 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.

The position is supposed to start by fall 2021.

What are you going to do?

The positions will be part of the ERC consolidator project ‘UnDark – New Approaches to Uncover Dark Matter in the post-WIMP Era’, under supervision of Dr Christoph Weniger. Candidates interested in searches for gravitational and non-gravitational dark matter signals in astronomical data (including axions & sterile neutrinos, and ranging from indirect searches over strong lensing image analysis to the analysis of cosmological probes like Lyman-alpha data), as well as applicants interested in dark matter phenomenology, model building, and/or global scans, and algorithms of deep learningare, invited to apply. Possible projects will be discussed as part of the interviews.

What do we require?

The successful candidate should:

  • have a master’s degree in Physics or equivalent (expected to be received until fall 2021);
  • excel academically, as indicated by grade transcript and curriculum vitae;
  • wish to pursue an academic career;
  • be fluent in spoken and written English;
  • have the ability and interest to work in a collaborative team.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the 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). This 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? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

About the Faculty of Science and the Institute of Physics

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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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 15 January 2021. You may apply online by using the link below. 

Please send your application electronically as a single PDF document (upload in the field marked CV) that includes:

  • a cover letter;
  • a research statement (past research activities including master thesis, future interests);
  • a curriculum vitae and
  • the name and email address of two referees, who will be asked to upload their recommendation letters directly.

Applications received until 15 January 2021 will receive full consideration. Position remains open until filled.

No agencies please

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