Staff Physicist in Cosmic Ray Research

Staff Physicist in Cosmic Ray Research

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24 Oct 30 Nov Amsterdam

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Job description

Nikhef, the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands, invites applications for a
Staff Physicist
Specialized in Cosmic Ray research

The Nikhef organization
Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in the Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 220 physicists and 75 technical staff work together in an open and international scientific environment. Together they perform theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle and astroparticle physics. Nikhef is a partnership between six major Dutch universities and NWO-I Foundation, the Institutes Organization of the Dutch Research Council (NWO). 

The Nikhef institute participates in the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina, and investigates possibilities to become an active member in the GRAND Observatory . 

Other research collaborations Nikhef participates in are the ALICE, ATLAS and LHCb experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the Virgo gravitational waves interferometer in Pisa, the Xenon-nT dark matter experiment in Gran Sasso and the eEDM research programme in Groningen. There are also scientific groups on Theory, Physics Data Processing and Detector R&D. Nikhef avails over excellently equipped technical departments in mechanics, electronics and computing. We are committed to being diverse and inclusive in the workplace.

The position
We are looking for a candidate to strengthen our research at the Cosmic Ray observatories. This could for instance be by contributing to the further development of radio detection of ultra-high-energy cosmic particles (charged or neutral), or through a better understanding of particle detection in air showers. In addition, we would welcome experience in either particle identification, or interpretation of the data in the search for sources and ultra-high-energy interactions in the atmosphere. As we are looking to broaden the diversity of our research group, strong preference will be given to female and minority candidates.





  • The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD degree in Physics or Astroparticle Physics, and post-doc experience.
  • A strong track record in the field of astroparticle physics, as demonstrated by publications and/or talks, among other things;
  • Functions well in a team and is able to manage a small research group.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication and presentation skills.

Further information on this position can be obtained from Prof dr. Charles Timmermans (

Conditions of employment

The successful candidate will enter a tenure track, with the intention of changing this to a permanent position within a maximum of five years. In an exceptional case, a more senior candidate may be offered tenure right away. Our new colleague will be employed by the Dutch foundation for scientific research NWO-I and become a staff member of the Nikhef institute. The workplace will be mainly at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, being the centre of the Cosmic Ray activities in The Netherlands. Teaching is not mandatory, but opportunities will be offered to interested candidates.

The conditions of employment are excellent and include extra months' salary payment in May and December. More information about the NWO-I-foundation can be found here. The date on which the appointment is to begin will be determined by mutual agreement.

On top of being an employer, the Nikhef institute offers new colleagues the opportunity to become a member of a community with a long-standing tradition of being a welcoming home for talented scientists. We welcome candidates who want to be part of this community, who are willing to contribute to this atmosphere and who want to actively participate in extracurricular activities for this matter. Nikhef hosts active committees that organize several kinds of intellectual, scientific and social activities. Nikhef staff members are encouraged to contribute to these activities. 

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button at the bottom of this vacancy. Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae, a motivation letter and the email addresses of three referees who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for applications is November 30th, 2022.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor; Research, development, innovation
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • 1199136


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