At the moment, Nikhef has seven experimental research directions, some of these are partly done outside of the Netherlands:
- ATLAS, ALICE, LHCb, at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (Switzerland)
- Gravitational Waves research at Advanced Virgo (Italy)
- Dark Matter research at XENON1T (Italy)
- Neutrino physics and astronomy research at ANTARES and KM3NeT (Mediterranean Sea)
- High-energy cosmic rays at Auger (Argentina)
Apart from this, at Nikhef we conduct research in the fields of Theoretical Physics, Detector R&D and Advanced Computing for Research, and have three technical departments, that support the experimental departments. The entire organisation, including management and staff departments, is shown in the below figure.
The direction team consists of director Stan Bentvelsen, the institute manager Arjen van Rijn and head of personnel Pieter van Braam van Vloten.
Nikhef consists of on average 185FTE physicist, 75 FTE technical staff and engineers and 25 FTE supporting staff. The formation exists of the following main groups:
- Permanent scientific staff (WP/V): around 60.
- Temporary scientific staff (WP/T): around 95 OIO’s and 30 postdocs)
- Permanent and temporary technical personnel (TP/T and TP/V): around 75
- Permanent and temporary supporting staff (OP/T en OP/V): around 25
To a large degree, the structure and arrangement of the organisation are tuned to the research projects that Nikhef works on.