The GWFP group at the University of Maastricht, partner of the Nikhef Collaboration, has a position for a PhD student in flavour physics under supervision of Dr. K. Keri Vos and Prof. Dr. Marcel Merk.
The successful candidate will work on the phenomenological aspects of flavour physics, focused on B meson decays. This entails improving the theoretical Standard Model predictions required to explore the patterns of New Physics. Close collaboration with the experimental community, in particular the LHCb Collaboration is envisioned.
Applicants should have a Master degree (or equivalent) in physics and good knowledge of Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model. Good software skills are desirable. The candidate needs to possess excellent English communication skills.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Fixed-term contract: We offer a full-time employment contract as a PhD candidate. The employment contract will be for a period of 1 year and will be extended for another 3 years after positive evaluation.
· We offer a rewarding career at a young university in the heart of Europe, with a distinct global perspective and a strong focus on innovative research and education;
· The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO), supplement with local UM provisions. For more information on terms of employment, please visit our website www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees;
· The salary will be set in the PhD-candidate salary scale of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (€ 2.395 gross per month in the first year up to € 3.061 gross per month in the fourth year). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% year-end allowance;
· We offer an attractive package of fringe benefits such as reduction on collective health insurance, substantial leave arrangements, optional model for designing a personalised benefits package and application for attractive fiscal arrangements for employees from abroad.
University of Maastricht
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Gravitational Waves and Fundamental Physics Group
The GWFP group at the University of Maastricht has a position for a PhD student in flavour physics under supervision of Dr. K. Keri Vos and Prof. Dr. Marcel Merk. The activities of the GWFP group are focused on gravitational waves and flavour physics, both on the theoretical and experimental side. The flavour physics group consists of Dr. Keri Vos, Prof. Dr. Marcel Merk, Dr. Jacco de Vries, Dr. Daniel Campora and several PhD students. The GWFP group is a partner of Nikhef, the national institute for subatomic physics in the Netherlands. As such, the GWFP is closely related with the Nikhef theory and LHCb group.
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