We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate for 1 PhD position at the intersection of Theoretical physics, Astroparticle physics and Deep learning, at the University of Amsterdam. You will be embedded in the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITFA) and the GRAPPA Center of excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics. Researchers at ITFA/GRAPPA cover a variety of research topics including Astroparticle physics, Cosmology, Mathematical physics and Theoretical particle physics.

The position is supposed to start by fall 2021.

What are you going to do?

The position will be part of the Institute of Physics PhD project ‘Probabilities, Neural Nets and Equivariance’, under joint supervision of Dr Miranda Cheng and Dr Christoph Weniger.

Theoretical physics concepts have in many ways inspired modern machine learning techniques, ranging from Hamiltonian Monte Carlos to equivariant neural networks. At the same time, machine learning techniques like deep neural networks and differentiable programming play an increasingly important role in enabling breakthrough discoveries in fundamental (astro-)physics. This cross-fertilization of physics and machine learning is a very active area of research. Goal of this PhD project is to become fluent in both worlds, and to explore new connection points at their intersection, with applications to lattice field theories and dark matter searches. Candidates interested in theoretical physics, deep learning algorithms and dark matter searches.

Candidates interested in Theoretical physics, Deep learning algorithms and Dark matter searches are invited to apply.

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 Institute of Physics (IoP) of the Faculty of Science combines the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI), the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITFA) and the Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF) and is one of the large research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. This four-year PhD position is available at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Amsterdam and de GRAPPA Center of excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics.


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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 1 February 2021. You may apply online by using the link below. 

Applications in .pdf should include:

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

Applications received until 1 February 2021 will receive full consideration. Position remains open until filled.

No agencies please

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