PhD Position in Quantum Gravity at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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Location:  Nijmegen, The Netherlands

One or more PhD positions in quantum gravity will become available in the autumn of 2012 in the new research group headed by Prof. Renate Loll at the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP) of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The successful applicants will work under the supervision of Loll in a group consisting of several postdocs and PhD students, an assistant professor (to be appointed) and international visitors. This activity forms part of a new research focus on “Quantum Gravity” at the IMAPP, aimed at uncovering the fundamental quantum dynamics of space and time, and their interaction with matter. The IMAPP provides an attractive working environment for foundational, front-line research. Besides Theoretical High-Energy Physics, of which the new group forms a part, Mathematical Physics, Astrophysics and Experimental High-Energy Physics are all strongly represented.

Applicants must have a university degree in (theoretical) physics at masters level or equivalent and proven abilities in theoretical physics and mathematics. Prior to applying, candidates should inform themselves about the research done in Loll’s group by consulting her webpage (see URL) and the publications of group members. The PhD positions are for four years, which is the expected time for obtaining a doctoral degree in the Netherlands, and are subject to a review after one year. Applications should be sent electronically as a single pdf-file to R. Loll at the contact email address given and consist of a cover letter, CV, transcripts of university grades and degrees, a statement of research interests and reasons for undertaking doctoral research in quantum gravity, as well as the names of at least two senior scientists who are in a position to judge the applicant’s suitability for a PhD in theoretical physics.

Review of applications will start on May 16 and will continue until the positions are filled.