PhD Position in Dark Matter Research

University of Amsterdam Institute of Physics

PhD position in Dark Matter Research - theory

Publication date 27 January 2021

Closing date 15 April 2021

Level of education Master's degree

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €2,395 to €3,061 gross per month

Vacancy number 21-048

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student in Theoretical (astro-)particle physics to work on the phenomenology of Dark Matter.

The successful candidate will be embedded in the theory group of the Nikhef institute for high-energy physics. You will also be expected to interact with members of the experimental groups at Nikhef, and of the GRAPPA Center of Excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics at Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

The position is foreseen to start in Fall 2021.

What are you going to do?

Although Dark Matter is the most abundant form of matter in our universe, we know very little about its properties. This project aims to study the full phenomenology of Dark Matter, ranging from detector signals and astrophysical/cosmological constraints to model building. The focus will be on light Dark Matter particles, with GeV-scale masses or lower, as experimental efforts in this range have made rapid progress in recent years.

The project is in close collaboration with the experimental Dark Matter group working on the XENONnT detection experiment, who will hire a PhD student to work on the low-energy signals typical for light Dark Matter.

What do we require?

The successful candidate should:

  • have a Master’s degree in Physics or equivalent (expected to be received by fall 2021);
  • excel academically, as indicated by grade transcript and curriculum vitae;
  • be fluent in spoken and written English;
  • have an interest in sharing science with the wider non-scientist community.

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) and 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 (38 hours a week), 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 Nikhef Institute

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.

Nikhef, the national institute for subatomic physics in the Netherlands, is a collaboration between six major Dutch universities and the Nikhef research institute. It is located on the same Science Park as the Institute of Physics, and there are close collaborations between the Institutes. Several Nikhef staff members have a shared position with the University of Amsterdam.

Nikhef hosts approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members who work together in an open and international scientific environment. Jointly, they perform excellent theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle- and astroparticle physics. Nikhef members participate in the ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the Virgo interferometer in Pisa, the XENON dark matter detector in Gran Sasso, Italy and the Pierre Auger cosmic ray observatory in Argentina.

The Nikhef theory group consists of 6 permanent staff members, and on average about 4 postdocs and 5 PhD students each year. Research ranges from QCD and Collider phenomenology to Dark Matter and Cosmology.

Questions?

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Prof. Auke-Pieter Colijn
    T: +31 (0)6 4681 2133

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 15 April 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 transcript of the grades;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • the name and email address of two referees, who will be asked to upload their recommendation letters directly.

Applications received until 15 April 2021 will receive full consideration.

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