You are here

Postdoctoral Researcher in experimental particle physics - ALICE - Nikhef


The Nikhef ALICE  group has an opening for a

Postdoctoral Researcher in experimental particle physics - ALICE (II)

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 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 Xenon1T dark matter experiment in Gran Sasso and the Pierre Auger cosmic rays observatory in Argentina. Nikhef also hosts well staffed theoretical physics and detector R&D groups. Nikhef itself is a collaboration between 5 major Dutch universities and the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM).

The position
The ALICE group at Nikhef has an opening for a postdoctoral research position. This is a two year position for a motivated young researcher who will be stationed at Nikhef in Amsterdam. The candidate is expected to take a leading role in the analysis of data collected with the ALICE detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in a topic closely connected to the physics interests of the group. The ALICE group at Nikhef is specialised mainly in correlation (azimuthal anisotropy and angular correlations, chiral magnetic effect) but also heavy-Flavour (D- and B-meson reconstruction) studies in pp, p-Pb and Pb-Pb. The selected candidate will also be expected to contribute partially to the hardware activity of the group related to the upgrade of the Inner Tracking System (ITS) of ALICE.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in particle or nuclear physics. Prior experience with data analysis and knowledge of C++ as a programming tool are a prerequisite. Additional software development skills are an advantage. Good communication skills and the ability to work in an international team are required. The researcher should be willing to travel to CERN frequently in order to report and discuss progress with the ALICE collaboration. The selected candidate should also be able to guide and supervise MSc and PhD students.

The position is for two years. The candidate will be employed by the FOM-foundation and will obtain the status of postdoctoral researcher. You will receive a competitive salary. The conditions of employment are excellent and include extra months' salary payment in May and December and good travel facilities. The conditions of employment of the FOM-foundation can be found at

Information and application
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the 'solliciteer' button below. Please be prepared to upload your curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research interests, and have the email addresses of at least three referents ready, who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

More information about this position can be obtained from Dr. Panos Christakoglou (
Applications will be accepted any time until the position is Gilled.