Postdoctoral position in gravitational wave data analysis at Nikhef, Amsterdam

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Deadline:  2016-02-01

Location:  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Nikhef Gravitational Waves group currently has an opening for a Postdoctoral position in gravitational wave data analysis and phenomenology.

Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 150 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. Nikhef hosts a TheoreticalPhysics department, and several experimental research groups. Among the 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, the XENON dark matter experiment in Gran Sasso and the Pierre Auger cosmic rays observatory in Argentina. Nikhef itself is a collaboration between 4 major Dutch universities and the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM).

The position

The gravitational physics group at Nikhef invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational wave data analysis and phenomenology. The gravitational physics group is a member of the Virgo Collaboration. It is led by prof.dr. J.F.J. van den Brand. Other than staff instrumentalists, the Nikhef group and its collaborators in the Netherlands consists of data analysts (C. Van Den Broeck and H.J. Bulten), astronomers and astrophysicists (J. Kuijpers, G. Nelemans), and theorists (J.W. van Holten and M. Postma), together with a number of students and postdocs. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world. The Nikhef group itself will expand significantly over the next several years. More information about our activities can be found at

The successful candidate will participate in the analysis of Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo data, and in the development of new methods for the scientific exploitation of future gravitational wave detections, with a focus on the coalescence of compact binary systems composed of neutron stars or black holes. Applicants should expect to have their PhD by May 2016.


The position is for two, and possibly three years. The candidate will be employed by the FOM-foundation and will obtain the status of postdoctoral researcher. Your gross monthly salary will be between 3.200, to 3.600, EUR depending on the experience you bring with you. The conditions of employment are excellent and include extra months’ salary payments in May and December and good travel facilities. The conditions of employment of the FOM-foundation can be found at

Information and applications

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, publication list and curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research interest. Also, please have the email addresses of at least three referents ready, who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Further information on these positions can be obtained from dr. C. Van Den Broeck (vdbroeck[AT]

The deadline for applications and related materials is February 1st, 2016. Later applications will be considered as well until the positions are filled.

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