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PhD position on theoretical cosmology and deep learning

University of Amsterdam, GRAPPA
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Closing date
13 Feb 2024

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates for a PhD position at the intersection of theoretical astroparticle physics, cosmology and deep learning at the University of Amsterdam. You will be part of the research group of Dr Christoph Weniger, which is embedded in the GRAPPA Center of excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics, a multidisciplinary team of researchers active in a variety of research topics including dark matter, compact objects, high-energy astrophysics and physics beyond the standard model.

Detailed description

The position is funded by the NWO-ENW project “Exploring the non-Gaussian 21cm Universe with Artificial Intelligence”. This project is jointly lead by Dr Meerburg (PI, Groningen) and Dr Christoph Weniger (co-PI, Amsterdam). The project has funding for a postdoc and a PhD student. The PhD student will be stationed at the University of Amsterdam under the supervision of Christoph Weniger, with frequent in-person and virtual interactions with Groningen. Dr Weniger’s group currently consists of 4 PhD students and 3 postdocs.

You will work together with a strong, welcoming and collaborative team on both theoretical models for astrophysics and cosmology as well as the analysis of astronomical data. You will write scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, present results in leading international conferences, and help supervise Bachelor and Master students. You are expected to develop new AI-based techniques for the analysis of astrophysical or cosmological data, such as 21cm signals from the epoch of reionization.


  • MSc in physics;
  • Fluent in spoken and written English;
  • Excel academically, as indicated by grade transcript and curriculum vitae.
  • Experience with deep learning is a plus, but not required

Job application

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 button below. We accept applications until and including 29 February 2024.

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 list of publications (if any);
  • Two letters of recommendation should be sent to, with the subject starting with “PhD2024”, by the deadline.

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held within two weeks after the deadline.

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

Dr. Christoph Weniger, Assoc. Prof. Theoretical physics,

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