GRASP, the Institute for Gravitational and Subatomic Physics at Utrecht University, is in search of a tenure-track Assistant Professor in gravitational wave data analysis. As our new Assistant Professor, you bring an excellent track record of original research in the analysis of data from the LIGO-Virgo detectors. Among the research topics most relevant to this position are novel contributions to the long-term detection efforts (including towards Einstein Telescope and LISA); the development of algorithms to characterise gravitational wave sources based on their observed signals; data analysis methodology for astrophysics, fundamental physics, and cosmology with gravitational waves; and/or multi-messenger astronomy.

In this role, you will be actively involved in all aspects of academic life, including research and teaching at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels, the latter including classroom teaching, supervision of students’ thesis projects, mentoring, and curriculum development. In addition, you would mentor PhD students, collaborate with postdoctoral fellows, develop grant proposals to raise external research funds, and be a part of the planning and organisation of events such as conferences, workshops, and seminars, as well as outreach activities.


We are looking for someone who enjoys working with and guiding (PhD) students and who takes pleasure in carrying out research in our area of expertise. There are a few necessities we would like you to bring:

  • a PhD degree in Physics or a closely related field;
  • a natural talent for communication;
  • a lively interest in teaching.

Also, you are willing to obtain the university teaching qualification (UTQ) in the first two years of your appointment.

In view of our commitment to a better gender balance, we strongly encourage women to apply.


  • a full-time tenure track position for five years (1.0 FTE) (after which the position can become permanent);
  • a full-time gross salary ranging from € 3974,- to € 5439,- in scale 11;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions external link based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

For more information, please visit working at the Faculty of Science 

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About the organisation

Utrecht University 

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 is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our informal atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts professors, researchers, and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the University and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

At the Faculty of Science 

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, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

The Institute for Gravitational and Subatomic Physics (GRASP) 

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 aims at understanding the basic constituents of matter and their interactions, and the fundamental properties of space and time. Its members perform experimental research on heavy-ion collisions at the Large Hadron Collider, and gravitational wave data analysis related to neutron stars and black holes. We have ties with Utrecht University’s Institute for Theoretical Physics, and at the national level also with Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics in Amsterdam, of which we are a consortium partner. We are actively involved in large international collaborations such as ALICE, Virgo, Einstein Telescope, and LISA.

Additional information

If you have any questions that you’d like us to answer, please contact Professor Chris Van Den Broeck 

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Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to 

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Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the “Apply now” button!
Please enclose (your):

  • cover letter;
  • curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;
  • research statement (no longer than 3 pages A4);
  • teaching statement (no longer than 1 page A4);
  • the contact details of three references from whom we may request a letter of recommendation. Please indicate at least one reference who can address teaching.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

Some connections are fundamental – Be one of them 

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The application deadline is 16 September 2022.


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