PhD Fellow in Heavy Ion Physics

Updated: 28 days ago
Deadline: 07 May 2020

The High Energy Heavy Ion Group (HEHI) at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, announces a PhD position. The group’s current research is centered around the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

The position
We are seeking an outstanding candidate, with demonstrated initiative and accomplishments, to strengthen and further develop the group’s activities within the study and analysis of anisotropic flow in large and small collision systems in ALICE, but other topics may also be considered. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to 1) the running of the experiment at CERN in data taking periods including travels to CERN, 2) workshops and analysis meetings at CERN and other international conferences and workshops, 3) guiding the groups Bachelor, Master students. The starting date for all the above positions will be 1 September 2020. Principal supervisor is Dr. You Zhou, Niels Bohr Institute, E-mail: you.zhou@cern.ch.

Terms of employment
The position is available for a 3-year period, covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment follow the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations for Academics in the State. The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 322,642 (approx. €43,207) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,567). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.This project has received funding from the Villum Young Investigator Grant.

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Physics (or a letter from the supervisor who can confirm the thesis and defence date) with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be put on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by following the online application.

The application should contain: 

  • Cover Letter 
  • CV 
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, if any 

The deadline for applications is 7 May 2020, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

For further information please contact Dr. You Zhou (you.zhou@cern.ch). Interviews are expected to be held in June 2020. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


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