Contact:  c.f.f.vandenbroeck[AT]uu.nlLocation:  Utrecht, The Netherlands
The Institute for Subatomic Physics at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, invites applications for two PhD studentships in gravitational wave data analysis and phenomenology. The successful candidates will work in the group of Prof. Chris Van Den Broeck and Dr. Sarah Caudill, on gravitational wave observations of coalescing binary neutron stars and black holes, with a view on probing the nature of compact objects and determining the structure of neutron stars. The gravitational waves group currently consists of about 20 researchers (senior scientists, postdocs, and PhD students), and is expected to expand further in the near future. The group will soon be embedded in a new institute called GRASP (for Gravitational and Subatomic Physics), which will bring together gravitational wave and particle physicists in an effort to study the strong nuclear force using a variety of observational and experimental channels, including gravitational wave measurements with the Virgo and LIGO detectors, multi-messenger astronomy, and heavy ion collisions in the Large Hadron Collider. We also have strong ties with Utrecht University’s Institute for Theoretical Physics (e.g. through Dr. Tanja Hinderer, Dr. Elisa Chisari, and Dr. Umut Gursoy), as well as with Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics in Amsterdam, and there is vibrant collaboration with researchers in the Netherlands and around the world.
Informal inquiries can be made with Prof. Van Den Broeck (c.f.f.vandenbroeck[AT]uu.nl). The deadline for full consideration is 15 December 2020, but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.