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PhD student in experimental particle physics (Neutrino Physics)

The KM3NeT Collaboration at Nikhef, in which the University of Amsterdam participates, is constructing a neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea. Arrays …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Dienstverband:
Vast contract
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The KM3NeT Collaboration at Nikhef, in which the University of Amsterdam participates, is constructing a neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea. Arrays of light-sensitive elements record the Cherenkov light produced by fast travelling charged particles in the sea water, these particles could originate from interactions of neutrinos. The energy and direction of the original neutrinos can be reconstructed from the amount of Cherenkov photons and their time-of-arrival in the detectors. The densely-instrumented KM3NeT/ORCA building block will focus on the measurement of neutrino oscillations, whereas the sparsely-instrumented KM3NeT/ARCA block will measure cosmic neutrinos and search for their sources. Both building blocks play complementary roles in the detection of a possible neutrino flux from dark matter annihilation.

The KM3NeT group at Nikhef has an opening for a PhD student. While the PhD position is formally affiliated at the Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam, you will be fully embedded in the KM3NeT group at the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef). You will be working on the reconstruction of neutrino events in the detector, with focus on the optimization of the detection of neutrinos from dark matter annihilation. The results will be applied to the data of the first KM3NeT detection units. You will work with experimental and theoretical physicists in the context of the NWO programme 'The Hidden Universe of Weakly Interacting Particles'. You are also expected to help in the construction of further detector elements at Nikhef.

What are you going to do?

You are expected:

  • to be active in the fundamental research of the KM3NeT group, focusing on the optimization of the detection of neutrinos from dark matter annihilation, collaborating with other experimental and theoretical physicists, publishing in high level international journals, and presenting at leading conferences;
  • to contribute to the construction of further KM3NeT detector elements at Nikhef;
  • to take the role of Teaching Assistant in a number of bachelor or master courses in physics and astronomy for a maximum of 10% of your time.

Functie-eisen

  • An MSc in Physics or an equivalent degree;
  • excellent English communication skills.

Strong software skills are desirable.

Conditions

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years) that should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students. 

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week.  These amounts are exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

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