Tenure Track position in Experimental Astroparticle Physics
University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics
Netherlands

Tenure Track position in Experimental Astroparticle Physics


Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics


Working at the UvA


Tenure Track position in Experimental Astroparticle Physics


Publication date 21 August 2019


Closing date 15 October 2019


Level of education PhD


Hours 38 hours per week


Salary indication €3,637 to €6,738 gross per month


Vacancy number 19-546


The UvA’s Faculty of Science is launching a major recruitment campaign called ‘Connecting Science’ in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science. Our ambition is to attract top talent from all over the world to a large number of newly created faculty positions in a wide range of exciting scientific directions. We offer a stimulating environment and excellent conditions for research, tightly connected to challenging educational programmes.

 

We are looking for ambitious and motivated scientists to connect different scientific disciplines. Our goal is to have a maximal impact on science and society.

 

What are you going to do?
Upcoming terrestrial astroparticle physics experiments studying neutrino properties, dark matter or axion-like particles are expected to deliver rich physics programs over the next decade. As an example, the order of magnitude increase in liquid xenon target in the DARWIN experiment will probe dark matter with unprecedented sensitivity, while at the same time becoming a world-class detector to search for Majorana neutrinos. The DUNE experiment, using liquid argon, aims at solving the neutrino oscillation puzzle. Axion and axion-like particle searches may uncover the solution to the strong-CP problem and/or dark matter. All these measurements are essential in advancing our understanding of the laws of physics in the Universe.

 

The University of Amsterdam wants to capitalize on its expertise in low background physics by expanding the experimental astroparticle physics group. It is essential to develop new technologies for next-generation experiments, in the field of liquified noble gasses or for instance low power RF detection techniques. We are seeking a new colleague who is a broad expert in the development of one or more of these techniques. You will work within astroparticle physics groups at the UvA’s GRAPPA Research Priority Area as well as at the Nikhef Institute, also located at the Amsterdam Science Park.

 

What do we require?

  • A PhD degree in experimental nuclear, particle or astroparticle physics;
  • excellent research skills, evidenced by a track record of publications in renowned international conferences and journals, and contributed and/or invited talks at international conferences/workshops;
  • teaching experience at university level and demonstrable didactic abilities;
  • preferably experience with the (co-)supervision of BSc, MSc and/or PhD students;
  • (the ability to develop) the management skills required for general academic administration, organisational and coordination tasks;
  • the ability to attract external funding;
  • excellent communication and social skills;
  • good command of English and willingness to learn the Dutch language.

International research experience is preferred as is a highly collaborative and enthusiastic approach.

 

Our offer
We offer you a tenure-track agreement for five years (which is part of a six-year temporary appointment). At the start, we will draw up an agreement with you, specifying the tenure-track requirements for research, teaching and management tasks that need to be fulfilled in order to assess progress after three years and after five years. The requirements in this agreement are negotiable and depend on your experience and scientific profile. Following a positive assessment after five years the appointment will become permanent.

 

Start dates are negotiable. The positions will be filled at the level of Assistant or Associate professor, depending on qualifications. The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience and qualifications. It will range from a minimum of €3.637 gross per month up to a maximum of €6.738 gross per month (salary scale 11-14) based on full-time employment.

 

This is 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? Take a look here.

 

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

Prof. Patrick Decowski
T: +31 (0)20 525 2145


About the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, 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.

 

About the Institute of Physics

The mission of the Institute of Physics (IoP) is to carry out excellent research in the field of experimental and theoretical physics, to provide inspiring teaching within the physics and other curricula and to transfer our knowledge of and enthusiasm for physics to society. The IoP has over 50 faculty and 180 researchers in total. The combination with the NWO Institutes at Amsterdam Science Park constitutes the largest physics hub in the Netherlands and is an international centre of excellence.

 

Research at IoP is organized in three research divisions: the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute for Experimental Physics (WZI), the Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA) and the Institute for High-Energy Physics (IHEF), the latter embedded within the Nikhef collaboration, the national NWO Institute for subatomic physics. The position will be based within IHEF, which focuses on both theoretical and experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics, with participation in the international collaborations ATLAS (at LHC/CERN), KM3NeT, XENON, and Virgo.

 

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.

 

The Institute of Physics strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position.

 

You may send in your application no later than 15 October 2019 using the button below. Please upload the following information in a single PDF file:

  • a letter of motivation (1 page maximum);
  • a curriculum vitae, including list of publications and teaching track record;
  • a research statement (2 pages maximum);
  • a teaching statement (1 page maximum);
  • a list of three references from different institutes.


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