Postdoctoral position in gravitational wave astronomy

Postdoctoral position in gravitational wave astronomy

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18 Dec 11 Jan Amsterdam

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Postdoctoral position in gravitational wave astronomy
Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together in an open and international scientific environment. Together, they perform theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle- and astroparticle physics. Among the research collaborations Nikhef participates in are the ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the VIRGO interferometer in Pisa, the Xenon1T dark matter experiment in Gran Sasso and the Pierre Auger cosmic rays observatory in Argentina. Nikhef also hosts well staffed theoretical physics and detector R&D groups. Nikhef itself is a collaboration between 5 major Dutch universities and the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research NWO.

The gravitational physics division at Nikhef, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational wave astronomy, with emphasis on searches for coalescing binary neutron stars and black holes with LIGO and Virgo. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Sarah Caudill. The data analysis effort at Nikhef currently involves 2 senior scientists (Dr. Caudill and Prof. Van Den Broeck), 3 postdocs, and 3 PhD students; the group is expected to expand significantly in the next few years. In addition to data analysts, the gravitational physics division at Nikhef (which is a member of the Virgo Collaboration) and its collaborators in The Netherlands consists of astronomers and astrophysicists, theorists, and instrumentalists. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.





The position as postdoctoral researcher requires a PhD in Physics, candidates who are close to finishing their PhD thesis are also encouraged to apply. The candidate is expected to have good communication skills and be able to work in an international team.

Conditions of employment

Information and application

The positions are for two years, extendable by a third year. The candidate will be employed by the NWO-I Foundation and will obtain the status of postdoctoral researcher. You will receive a competitive salary. The conditions of employment are excellent and include extra months' salary payment in May and December and good travel facilities. The conditions of employment can be found at

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the 'apply now' button below. Please be prepared to upload curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research interests, and have the email addresses of at least three referents ready, who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for full consideration is January 11th, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Further information can be obtained from Dr. S. Caudill (


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  • max. 40 hours per week, temporary
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