PhD position in Gravitational Wave Probes of Fundamental Physics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Deadline:  2019-12-10

Location:  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

We are seeking a PhD candidate who is interested in interdisciplinary research in gravitation and astroparticle physics. The successful candidate will in particular work on the implications of gravitational wave observations for fundamental physics and cosmology.

What are you going to do?
You are expected:
* to be active in the fundamental research of our center of excellence in gravitation and astroparticle physics;
* to contribute to develop a new line of research at the interface between dark matter, black holes and gravitational waves;
* to contribute to publish the results in peer-reviewed academic journals;
* to pursue, complete, and defend a PhD thesis within the appointed duration of four years;
* to present the research results at international conferences and workshops;
* to collaborate with other researchers at GRAPPA and Nikhef;
* to assist in teaching activities.
We will base our selection on your CV and application material as well as on the letters of recommendation.

What do we require?
* A MSc in Physics or Astronomy;
* fluency in English, both written and spoken.

Our offer
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years. (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be EUR 2.325 to EUR 2.972 (scale P) gross per month, based on full-time employment (38 hours a week). These amounts are exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. A favorable 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? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science (

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

Prof. Gianfranco Bertone (g.bertone[AT]

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.

GRAPPA, the center of excellence in Astroparticle Physics of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), is a joint effort between the Faculty’s Institute of Physics (IoP) and the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API). It consists of faculty members with a strong interest in experimental and theoretical research into black holes, cosmic rays, neutrinos, dark matter, dark energy, early universe cosmology, and string theory. Several of GRAPPA’s faculty members are also affiliated with Nikhef, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics, which is in close proximity to the UvA building. This position is part of the research programme ‘Gravitational waves: a new road to fundamental physics, astrophysics, and cosmology’, under the supervision of Profs. Gianfranco Bertone and Daniel Baumann.

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.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter by 10 december 2019. You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications should include:
* a cover letter;
* a CV (including a list of publications);
* the name and email address of two referees.