PhD position in Gravitational Wave astrophysics

The gravitational physics group at Nikhef invites applications for a PhD position in gravitational wave astrophysics
with an emphasis on signals from binary neutron star and neutron star-black hole coalescences
Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together on theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle- and astroparticle physics. Nikhef includes a collaboration between 6 major Dutch universities and the Nikhef research institute.

The position
The successful candidate will be part of the team of data analysts and phenomenologists led by Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck and Dr. S. Caudill, which currently consists of 4 postdocs and 4 PhD students and will grow substantially over the next year. In addition, the gravitational physics division at Nikhef (led by Prof. F. Linde) has close ties with gravitational wave researchers at universities and institutes across the Netherlands, which apart from instrumentalists includes astronomers, astrophysicists, and theorists, such as Baumann, Bertone, Groot, Hinderer, Jonker, Levan, Moesta, Nelemans, and Nissanke. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.
Requirements We are looking for a candidate with a (almost) completed master degree in physics, in a relevant field. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in data analysis and has (some) research experience in experimental (astro)particle physics.
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. Your gross monthly starting salary will be € 2.346,-, increasing to € 3.007,- in the fourth year. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I-foundation are excellent and can be found on
Information and application
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the 'Apply Now' button below. Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, research statement and curriculum vitae. Also, please have the email addresses ready of at least one reference who is willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for full consideration is January 15th, 2020.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck (

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