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PhD fellow in High Energy Particle Physics, The Niels Bohr Institute, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science


The Niels Bohr Institute, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in High Energy Particle Physics commencing 1 March 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The duration is three years.


Project description

The High Energy Particle Physics group at the Niels Bohr Institute is involved in the ATLAS experiment at the LHC and in the IceCube experiment at the South Pole. The group participates in the Discovery center, a "Centre of Excellence" established by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF),

The PhD fellow will be part of the ATLAS local activity. He/She will engage in trigger software development for the Trigger system, an area of responsibility of the group in the ATLAS experiment. Furthermore, the student will conduct analysis of the Run II data collected by the ATLAS experiment, focusing on Higgs properties determination or Lepton Flavour Violation searches using tau leptons in the final state.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Stefania Xella, email:

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in conferences
  • Stay at an external research institution for several months, preferably abroad
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • A master’s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills

Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship)

Formal requirements

The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master’s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty’s master’s programmes.

At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 305,291 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,171). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • 2 letters of reference from professional referees (should be sent directly to by the application deadline, stating clearly the name of the candidate in the Subject field)
  • Documentation of English language qualifications

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 PhD Order >>

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 21 January 2015. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at at PhD Regulations >>

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