PhD candidate in experimental particle physics - ATLAS

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Publication date
11 April 2017
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,191 to €2,801 gross per month
Closing date
5 May 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF), division of the Institute of Physics at the University of Amsterdam, is an integral part of Nikhef, the national institute for subatomic physics. The research focuses on both theoretical and experimental particle and astroparticle physics.

Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together in an open and international scientific environment. Together, they perform theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle- and astroparticle physics. One of the research collaborations Nikhef participates in is the ATLAS experiment at CERN. The Nikhef ATLAS group consists of groups in Amsterdam and Nijmegen, for a total of 17 staff, and typically 5 postdoctoral researchers and 15 PhD candidates. They have constructed part of the semiconductor tracker (SCT), part of the barrel muon chambers, and elements of muon chamber readout, alignment, slow control, trigger and data acquisition.  Our group has responsibilities in trigger and muon reconstruction software and we have been active in several analyses in Higgs, SUSY, exotic and top physics.

Project description

The Higgs boson width

The goal of this project is to perform an indirect measurement of the width of the Higgs boson by studying the high-mass production of 4 leptons in Run2 of the LHC. This is an experimental project with a strong theoretical component. Supervisors: dr Hella Snoek, dr Wouter Waalewijn, and dr Ivo van Vulpen.


We are looking for a candidate with a (almost) completed master degree in high-energy physics, or a closely related field. The ideal candidate has interest in data analysis, has software skills, has some research experience in experimental particle physics. The candidate is expected to start in the fall of 2017, with a preference for September 2017.

Further information

Further information on this positions may be obtained from:


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The PhD candidate is also expected to assist in teaching of undergraduates.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,191 in the first year to €2,801 in the last year. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply through the Nikhef portal which can be accessed through the 'apply now' button, before the end of Friday May 5. Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research interests, and have the email addresses of at least two referents ready, who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters should arrive by the end of Monday May 8 for full consideration. If you have interest in a specific subset of these positions, please indicate this in your application. Our aim to select candidates for an interview in mid-May and hold interview with selected candidates in late May / early June. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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