Postdoctoral research position in distributed computing for gravitational wave astronomy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Deadline:  2019-12-18

Location:  Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together on theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle- and astroparticle physics. Nikhef includes a collaboration between 6 major Dutch universities and the Nikhef research institute.

The position
The gravitational physics division at Nikhef invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational wave astronomy, with emphasis on high-throughput distributed computing for gravitational wave searches. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Sarah Caudill and Dr. Roel Aaij. The data analysis effort at Nikhef currently involves 3 senior scientists (Dr. Sarah Caudill, Dr. Chris Van Den Broeck, Dr. Samaya Nissanke), 3 postdocs, and 3 PhD students; the group will expand significantly in the next few years. The Physics Data Processing department consists of two senior researchers (Dr. Jeff Templon and Dr. David Groep) and a staff scientist (Dr. Roel Aaij) who, together with 9 computing professionals, carry out the R & D program and operate Nikhef’s distributed computing facility.

The gravitational physics division at Nikhef is a member of the Virgo Collaboration and collaborates with astronomers, astrophysicists, theorists, and instrumentalists across the Netherlands. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

A PhD in physics or a degree in computing or a closely related field is a prerequisite for the position; candidates who are close to finishing their degrees are also encouraged to apply. Experience working across physics research and distributed computing disciplines will be considered a strong advantage.

The candidate will be employed by the NWO-I-foundation for a period of two years with a possible extension of one year and will obtain the status of postdoctoral researcher. He/she will receive a competitive salary. The conditions of employment are excellent and include extra month’s salary payment in May and December. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I foundation can be found at the NWO-I website:

Information and application
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button after finding the position on our vacancy page: Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, research statement and curriculum vitae. Also, please have the email addresses ready of at least three references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for full consideration is December 18, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Further information can be obtained from Dr. S. Caudill (S.Caudill[AT]