PhD fellow in Theoretical high-energy physics at the Niels Bohr Institute

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 16 May 2021

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in theoretical high-energy physics commencing 1 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology group and the Niels Bohr International Academy , located at the Niels Bohr Institute, are involved in a wide range of research activities in theoretical high-energy physics, centered around quantum theories of gauge fields, gravity, cosmology and astro-particle physics. The most active research areas include modern approaches to scattering amplitudes, the gauge-gravity correspondence and the use of integrability to find exact solutions in strongly coupled quantum field theories. Weekly seminars and journal clubs as well as several workshops and conferences per year provide a stimulating research environment and excellent integration into the wider international community.

Project description
Applicants should have a solid background in quantum field theory, string theory and the gauge-gravity duality. The precise project within the aforementioned most active research areas will be formulated in collaboration between the successful candidate, the principal supervisor and the co-supervisor.

Principal supervisor isAssistant Prof. Dr. Matthias Wilhelm, Niels Bohr Institute, . Co-supervisor is Prof. Dr. Charlotte Kristjansen, Niels Bohr Institute,

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Physics (obtained before the start of the position) with outstanding results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

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 330,817 (approx. €44,108) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). 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 PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • 3 reference letters

Reference letters must be uploaded by the applicant him/herself. The recruiting person must NOT obtain reference letters which content is not known to the applicant him/herself. This is against Danish law.
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 16 May 2021, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at .

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Assistant Prof. Dr. Matthias Wilhelm, Niels Bohr Institute,

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at .

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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