PhD candidate in experimental particle physics - ATLAS University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics Netherlands

PhD candidate in experimental particle physics - ATLAS

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics


Publication date
11 December 2018

Level of education
Master's degree

Salary indication
€2,266 to €2,897 gross per month

Closing date
15 January 2019

38 hours per week

Vacancy number

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 excellent theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle- and astroparticle physics. The Nikhef theory group conducts research in a broad range of these fields, in particular on precision predictions for collider physics. Among the experimental research collaborations Nikhef participates in are the ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the VIRGO inferometer in Pisa and the Pierre Auger cosmic rays observatory in Argentina. Nikhef itself is a collaboration between 5 major Dutch universities and the Nikhef research institute.


Project description

The Nikhef ATLAS group consists of groups in Amsterdam and Nijmegen, for a total of 15 staff, and typically 5 postdocs and 20 PhD students. We 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 data acquisition (FELIX) and trigger, construction of the new inner tracker (ITk), the readout and alignment of muon chambers, as well as muon reconstruction software, and we have been active in several analyses in Higgs, SUSY, exotic and top-quark physics.



We are looking for a candidate with an (almost) completed master degree in high-energy physics, or a closely related field. The successful candidate has interest in data analysis as well as affinity with theoretical aspects of top quark production. Programming skills will be important for this project. The candidate is expected to start in summer or early fall of 2019.


Further information

Further information on this position may be obtained from:

  • Dr Marcel Vreeswijk



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 €2,266 in the first year to €2,897 in the last year. The Collective Employment Agreement (Cao) of Dutch Universities is applicable.


Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research interest, and have the email addresses of at least two referents ready, who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. #LI-DNP

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