PhD Candidate in particle physics (theory)

PhD Candidate in particle physics (theory)

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30 Jun 6 Aug Maastricht

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The department of Gravitational Waves and Fundamental Physics (GWFP) at the University of Maastricht, partner in the Nikhef collaboration, offers a position for a PhD student under supervision of Dr. K. Keri Vos and Prof. Dr. Marcel Merk.

Job description

Beauty quarks are promising tools to perform powerful precision tests of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. These tests require to match the wealth of experimental data currently available with precise theoretical predictions. This requires understanding the nonperturbative long-distance effects. In this project, we will pursue this challenging task. Specifically,

  • You will investigate  phenomenological aspects of flavour physics, focused on B meson decays;
  • You will improve theoretical Standard Model predictions required to explore the patterns of New Physics
  • You will collaborate with the experimental community particular with the LHCb Collaboration
  • You will teach in course Quantum Mechanics and possibly Particle Physics
  • You will become an expert in the heavy-quark expansion and expand the predictions to higher-order in mb using reparametrization invariance. 
  • You will be part of the theory group and LHCb group at Nikhef.


Maastricht University (UM)


Our ideal is able to work in an international and interdisciplinary team, but is also able to work independently. Furthermore: 

  • You have a Master degree (or equivalent) in physics
  • You have good knowledge of Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model.
  • You have software skills; 
  • You must be fluent in both spoken and written English

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 + 3 years.

As a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, you will be employed by the most international university of the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:

  • Good employment conditions. The position is in grated in scale P according to the UFO profile PhD Candidate with corresponding salary ranging from € 2.541,- to € 3.247,- gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus are applicable.
  • An employment contract for a period of 12 months with a scope of 1.0 FTE. Upon a positive evaluation, an extension of 3 years will follow.
  • As a holder of the 'Family-friendly University' quality mark, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.

The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, Click here


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Why work at Maastricht University?

At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.  

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.  

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Faculty of Science and Engineering

At the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) we focus on themes such as circularity and sustainability, future farming, digitisation and (scientific) instrument development. FSE's leading projects, like the Einstein Telescope Pathfinder, are sure to grab anyone's attention. The Faculty is a vibrant hub of education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). At FSE, over 450 staff members and 3150 students gather to explore exciting interdisciplinary research and educational programmes. Feel welcome, be part of our team and put your brilliant mind to work!

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Maastricht, Sittard-Geleen, Heerlen and Venlo, the homes of four creative Brightlands campuses, are bustling with 30,000 entrepreneurs, researchers and students working diligently to solve global challenges. The Faculty of Science and Engineering is active on all four Brightlands campuses and this is where our impact reaches its peak. To give you an idea of what is happening on each campus: Sittard-Geleen is home to one of the largest chemistry and materials sites in Europe, while Venlo is a large hub for agri-food innovation. Maastricht is the site of the Health Campus, and Heerlen is the place to be for Smart Services.

The department of Gravitational Waves and Fundamental Physics (GWFP) at the University of Maastricht is composed of two divisions: Gravitational Waves and Flavour Physics.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT2023.314


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