The Nikhef Theory group has an opening for a

PhD student in theoretical particle physics

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. Jointly, they perform excellent 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 XENON dark matter detector in Gran Sasso and the Pierre Auger cosmic ray observatory in Argentina. Nikhef is a collaboration between five major Dutch universities and the Nikhef research institute.

The activities of the Theory group of Nikhef include higher order calculations and jet physics in perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics, parton distribution functions, 3D imaging of the proton, flavour physics, gravity, and cosmology, among others. The Nikhef theory group and Nikhef as a laboratory provide a stimulating environment with many seminars, colloquia, and journal clubs meetings. More information about Nikhef’s theory group can be found in:

Job description

The position is funded through the NWO-Vidi project ”Decoding singularities of Feynman graphs”, with Dr. Franz Herzog as Principal Investigator. The project is about the calculation of scattering amplitudes in Quantum Field Theory which are important for collider experiments especially the LHC. It focuses in particular on developing new methods to better understand and handle the infrared and ultraviolet singularities present in Feynman amplitudes.

The position is expected to start in autumn 2018 and is for 4 years. It includes a competitive salary and travel allowances for conferences and schools. The candidate will be employed by the NWO-I foundation and based at Nikhef in Amsterdam. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I-foundation can be found at


Potential candidates should have a master or equivalent in theoretical physics. A background in Quantum Field Theory is desirable.


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the 'Apply now' button below. Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae and have the email address of at least two referees ready, who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Applications submitted on the Nikhef website by 01.05.2018 will be fully considered. Later applications are accepted until the position is filled.

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