PhD fellowship in High Energy Heavy-Ion physics group (ALICE)

Niels Bohr Institute
Copenhagen, Denmark
Closing date
21 Feb 2024

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The experimental particle physics section at the Niels Bohr Institute invites applicants for a Ph.D. fellowship in the High-Energy Heavy-Ion Group. The project is part of the research project “Unravel the mystery within the first microsecond of the little Big Bang” which is financed by Danmarks Frie Forskningsfonds (DFF, Independent Research Fund Denmark) Sapere Aude grant. The start date is (expected to be) 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project

With the newly received DFF grant, the research group will develop a novel methodology using a new approach, a multi-particle cumulants technique. This will give unique insights into the initial geometric conditions, shape, size, and their correlations and fluctuations.

To achieve this, we will measure various collision systems during the LHC Run 3. These pioneering measurements and the resulting new analyses will decisively advance our understanding of those crucial initial conditions, the platform upon which the analysis of the collision rests.

The results of this DFF grant will give direct access to the unknown initial conditions and unravel the mystery of the first microsecond of the Big Bang.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates within the field(s) of heavy-ion physics or nuclear physics. The outstanding candidate, with demonstrated initiative and accomplishments, should strengthen and further develop the group’s activities within the study and analysis of flow and correlation in large and small collision systems at the LHC.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?

The group’s current research is centered around the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. In the past ten years, the group led a significant amount of publications in ALICE, including the first experimental study to probe the time evolution of the specific viscosity of Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP) and the observation of the tiniest droplet of QGP in small collision system at the LHC.

The group is a part of Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories at NBI and CERN.

The principal supervisor is Dr. You Zhou, Associate Professor, Niels Bohr Institute,

Application and Assessment Procedure

Your application, including all attachments, must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW at the link provided.

Please include:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project/State which PhD project you are applying for heavy-ion physics
  • Curriculum vitae, including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Reference letters (if available)

Application deadline:

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2024, 23:59 GMT +2.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above-mentioned research area, techniques, skills, and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held during May 2024.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

  • For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.
  • General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website:

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