PhD Position in experimental Particle Physics in Netherlands 2021

The Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam offers a PhD Position in experimental particle physics (ATLAS) in the 2021/22 academic session.

Project details:

The Nikhef ATLAS group consists of groups in Amsterdam and Nijmegen, for a total of 15 staff, and typically 5 postdocs and 20 PhD students. As a founding member of the ATLAS collaboration, the group has a long-term involvement in both detector construction (the semiconductor tracker, barrel muon chambers, readout, alignment, and data acquisition) as well as operations (trigger and muon tracking reconstruction). For the phase-2 upgrade (2025-2027), we will assemble and commission one of the end-caps of a new all-silicon inner tracking system (ITk) in Amsterdam and develop a new universal readout system (FELIX) for all ATLAS detector systems. The group also has a strong record in physics data analysis, with strong focus on Higgs boson physics, top quark physics and machine-learning assisted searches for new physics signatures. Nikhef also hosts an ATLAS Tier-1 data processing center, and offers substantial additional computing resources for end-user data analysis and simulation.

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You will search for new physics beyond the Standard Model, by investigating the electroweak symmetry breaking mechanism through a precise characterization of properties of diboson interactions. The focus will be on the high-energy tails of the distributions, which are more sensitive to effects from new physics. You will study the reconstruction and identification of angular properties of hadronic decays from very energetic weak bosons using machine learning techniques. You are also going to contribute to detector construction and/or operations.

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  • The salary will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week.
  • The salary is exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus.
  • A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants.


  • They are looking for a candidate with a (almost) completed master’s degree in high-energy physics, or a closely related field.
  • The ideal candidate has a strong interest in data analysis, has good software skills (C++, python, ROOT) and has (some) research experience in experimental particle physics.
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How to Apply

  • Interested candidates can send in their applications by clicking on the link below.
  • Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, publication list, and curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research interest.
  • Also, please separately arrange for at least two references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Deadline: The deadline for full consideration is December 8, 2020, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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