Nikhef currently has an opening for a
PhD student in gravitational wave data analysis

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 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 rays observatory in Argentina. Nikhef is a collaboration between 5 major Dutch universities and the Nikhef research institute.

The position

The successful candidate will work on the development of novel methods for analysing gravitational wave data from the LIGO and Virgo detectors, with a view on directly probing the structure of compact objects such as neutron stars and black holes. He or she will be a member of the Virgo Collaboration, and will have full access to all Virgo and LIGO data.


The successful candidate has a master in physics. Strong software skills are highly desirable.


The candidate will be employed by the NWO-I-foundation and will obtain the status of junior scientist. He/she will receive a 4 year contract. The gross monthly salary will be up to a maximum of € 2.879,-- in the fourth year. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I-foundation are excellent and can be found on the website of the employer:

The educational programme of the Dutch research school for subatomic physics offers annual graduate schools for PhD students, as well as frequent series of lectures on advanced topics in (astro)particle physics.

Information and Application

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 one referee ready, who is willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2018. The start date is 1 September 2018 at the latest.

Further information on these positions can be obtained from prof. dr. Chris Van Den Broeck (

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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