PhD candidate in Theoretical Particle Physics

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Publication date
28 March 2018
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,222 to €2,840 gross per month
Closing date
1 May 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Theoretical Particle Physics group at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for a PhD position starting in the Fall of 2018. The position will be under the supervision of Dr Wouter Waalewijn.

The group working on Theoretical Particle Physics at the University of Amsterdam consists of Prof. Eric Laenen and Dr Wouter Waalewijn, four postdoctoral researchers and four PhD students. It is part of the Institute of Physics and also the Nikhef theory group. Nikhef is the Dutch national laboratory for particle and astroparticle physics research. It has a large theory group (eleven staff, fifteen postdocs, thirteen PhDs), and enables direct interactions with experimentalists (ATLAS, LHCb, etc). The successful applicant would be part of this stimulating environment.

Project description

The Large Hadron Collider is entering an era where precision measurements are the key to possible discoveries. Indications of new physics may lie hidden as faint signals, that will be revealed as experimental uncertainties decrease, making it crucial to have the precise theoretical predictions to compare with. This position is funded by the NWO projectruimte 'New methods for precise predictions at the LHC', and will investigate a new method to perform precision calculations. In particular, it aims to improve the treatment of infrared divergences at second order in QCD.


A MSc. in Physics or an equivalent degree is required to be considered for this position. A background in Quantum Field Theory is desirable. You need to possess good written and oral English communication skills.

Further information

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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. We also expect you to assist in teaching of undergraduates.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €,222 in the first year to €2.840 in the last year. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (Cao) is applicable.

Job application

The University of Amsterdam is striving for a better balance in its staff whereby, by equal suitability, the appointment of a female candidate will have our preference. Women are, therefore, strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be received starting on 28 March and closing on the 1 May 2018. Please apply using the link below. All applications should include a personal statement where your background and potential research interests are described, a CV and grade transcripts. You will also need to provide contact details for 2 referees. They will be contacted directly.

Candidates may be interviewed in May. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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