Postdoctoral Researcher in Gravitational Wave Data Analysis
Utrecht University

Postdoctoral Researcher in Gravitational Wave Data Analysis (1.0 FTE)

Job description
The Institute for Subatomic Physics at Utrecht University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research position in gravitational wave data analysis and phenomenology, covering all aspects of strong-field gravity, with an emphasis on studying gravitational wave signals from coalescing binary neutron stars and black holes. This effort is led by Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck; it currently involves 4 Postdocs and 4 PhD candidates and will grow significantly over the coming year. 

Apart from collaboration within the Institute for Subatomic Physics, the gravitational waves team at Utrecht University has close ties with researchers at universities and institutes across the Netherlands, which apart from instrumentalists includes astronomers, astrophysicists, and theorists. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world. The successful candidate will become a member of the Virgo Collaboration and have access to all data from the Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo interferometers.


The ideal candidate holds a PhD in Physics or a closely related field, and preferably has prior experience in gravitational wave data analysis.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, curious and collaborative candidate with a PhD in Physics or a closely related field.

The candidate preferably has prior experience in gravitational wave data analysis.

You have good English language skills and a track record of relevant peer-reviewed publications.

This is a temporary appointment of 1.0 FTE for the duration of two years. Upon a positive performance the appointment will be extended with a period of one year.

The minimum gross salary ranges between €3,255 and €4,978 gross per month (scale 10/11 of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities), depending on previous qualifications and experience, for a full-time employment.

In addition, we offer attractive and flexible secondary terms of employment such as an annual holiday pay of 8%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year and partially paid parental leave. We also provide an attractive working environment and a vibrant research climate. More information is available at our website: working at Utrecht University.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Science consists of six Departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 6,000 students and nearly 1,500 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.

The Institute for Subatomic and Gravitational Wave Physics at Utrecht University does research on the building blocks of matter and the fundamental forces of nature. The bulk of the scientific activities take place within the framework of the Virgo experiment in Italy, the ALICE experiment at the European institute for particle physics CERN, and in collaboration with the National Institute for Subatomic Physics Nikhef.

Additional information
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Chris Van Den Broeck, via

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below. In addition, please arrange for 3 letters of recommendation.

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

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