Nikhef, the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands, is looking for a

PhD student in experimental particle physics (LHCb Experiment)

The Nikhef organization
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. The Nikhef institute is a collaboration between six major Dutch universities and the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO). Nikhef participates in large research collaborations, including experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the VIRGO interferometer in Pisa, the Xenon1T dark matter experiment in Gran Sasso, the Pierre Auger cosmic ray observatory in Argentina and the eEDM research program in Groningen. Nikhef also hosts a group in theoretical physics, and groups for Physics Data Processing and detector R&D, all with good connections to the experimental programs.

The group
The Nikhef LHCb group is a friendly and supportive research community. Our group is involved in the CERN research program of CP violation, rare decays of B and C mesons and exotic particle production, as well as in future detector upgrades. Nikhef contributes to the Vertex Locator silicon detector (Velo) and the Scintillating Fiber Tracker (SciFi), and to the Real Time Analysis (RTA) project for online triggering and reconstruction of events.

The position
We are looking for candidates motivated to work on physics analysis and to contribute to the development of detectors and software reconstruction algorithms. The candidate will take a leading role in one of the physics analyses in which the group is involved (measurements of decay-time dependent CP violation, searches for long-lived particles and tests of lepton flavor universality), and will have the opportunity to contribute to the Effective Field Theory interpretation of the measurements. The hardware projects include work on the Velo, the SciFi and the RTA online reconstruction.

The successful candidate has a master in physics with knowledge of particle physics, and either has or is willing to develop strong software skills.

Nikhef is committed to being an inclusive and diverse organization. We specifically encourage female candidates to apply for this vacancy.

The candidate will be employed by the NWO-I-foundation and will obtain the status of junior scientist. She/he will receive a 4 year contract. The gross monthly starting salary will be € 2.407,-, increasing to € 3.085,- in the fourth year. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I-foundation are excellent and can be found on

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the 'Apply Now' button below. Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae, a brief motivation letter and a statement of research interests, as well as to give the email addresses of at least one referee who is willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
Further information about this position can be obtained from dr. Mara Senghi Soares,
The deadline for applications is October 1st, 2020.

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