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Deadline: 2019-01-15
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

PhD position in gravitational waves at Nikhef, Amsterdam

The Gravitational Waves research group at Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics, invites applications for a PhD 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. The data analysis effort is led by Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck; it currently involves 3 postdocs and 3 PhD students. In addition to data analysts, Nikhef’s gravitational physics division (led by Prof. Dr. F. Linde) and its collaborators in the Netherlands consists of astronomers and astrophysicists, theorists, and instrumentalists, including a significant number of junior scientists. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

The successful candidate will have a strong physics and/or astrophysics background, evidenced by course grades. An MSc degree (or equivalent) in the above field(s) is required. A basic knowledge of general relativity and experience in programming (e.g. Python and/or C) are desirable.

The successful candidate will be employed by the NWO-I foundation and will obtain the status of junior scientist. He/she will receive a 4 year contract, with a competitive salary. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I foundation are excellent; they can be found on the website of the employer: www.nwo-i.nl.

The educational programme of the Dutch research school for subatomic physics offers annual graduate schools for PhD students, as well as frequent series of lectures on advanced topics in (astro)particle physics.

For more information, feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Chris Van Den Broeck (vdbroeck[AT]nikhef.nl).


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