PhD student in experimental particle physics (LHCb)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Jan 2021


Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. The University of Groningen is one of the six major Dutch universities that constitute the institute together with the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO). 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.

The Nikhef LHCb group
The Nikhef LHCb group consists of groups in Amsterdam, Groningen and Maastricht, for a total of 10 staff, and typically 6 postdocs and 10 PhD students. As a founding member of the LHCb collaboration, the group has a long-term involvement in both detector construction as well as operations. The group also has a strong record in physics data analysis, with focus on CP violation and rare decays of B mesons. Nikhef contributes in hardware to the Vertex Locator silicon detector (Velo) and the Scintillating Fiber Tracker (SciFi), and in software to the online reconstruction of events in the High Level Trigger (HLT).

Job description

You will work within the LHCb collaboration, both on data analyses and detector developments. The data analyses will focus on the search for rare B meson decays with tau leptons in the final state. You will also contribute to the data acquisition and performance studies for the upgraded LHCb Vertex Locator to be used in Run 3 of the LHC.

  • you should have (or be about to complete)
  • a master degree (or equivalent) in high-energy physics, or closely related field
  • a strong interest in data analysis
  • good software skills (C++, python and/or ROOT)
  • (some) research experience in experimental particle physics.

Conditions of employment

We offer you an employment by the NWO-I-foundation and you will obtain the status of junior scientist and a:

  • a salary of € 2,407 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,085 gross per month in the fourth and final year for a full-time working week
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
  • favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

The conditions of employment of the NWO-I-foundation are excellent and can be found on

We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

The successful candidate will be based in Groningen, with the possibility to stay at CERN for a period of 1 year.


For information you can contact:

Dr Kristof De Bruyn,

(please do not use the email addresses above for applications)

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