Postdoctoral Fellow in String Theory

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 17 Dec 2023

17 Nov 2023
Job Information

University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

17 Dec 2023 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The group of Lorenz Eberhardt which is part of the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITFA) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow with excellent research track in String Theory and Mathematical Physics.

The position is funded by the ERC Starting Grant 'New Handles for String Scattering Amplitudes' whose aim is to develop new tools in the study of string theory. The position carries with it a competitive salary and travel funds.

What are you going to do?
You will work in a team that seeks to push understanding of string theory further by applying a variety of novel technology.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • conducting original research in string theory, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and presentations at international conferences and workshops
  • take part in local activities such as the weekly string theory seminar and journal club
  • You are encouraged to help organize local seminar and journal clubs
  • You will have the opportunity to co-supervise Bachelor and Master theses and tutoring students.

Specific Requirements

Your experience and profile

  • PhD in theoretical physics or a suitable subject area of mathematics
  • Track record or research excellence, particularly in the study of string theory, scattering amplitudes, conformal field theory and mathematical physics
  • Professional command of English

Additional Information

We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 24 months (two years) with a possible extension of a third year upon successful performance, subject to funding and mutual agreement. The preferred starting date is September or October 2024. The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 3,226 to € 5,090 (scale 10). This does not include 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% year-end allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here .

Selection process

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the joint postdoc applications related to theories on the unification of fundamental interactions Leuven portal. Follow the instructions for application there and include the University of Amsterdam in your preference list. (Please see application instruction in bold below). We accept applications until and including 17 December 2023.

Applications should include the following information (all files besides your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file):

  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • a research plan;
  • the names and email addresses of three references who can provide letters of recommendation.


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Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
Faculty of Science
Postal Code
Science Park 904

Where to apply



Spui 21
Postal Code

1012 WX


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