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PhD position in LHCb

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posting live until
2 Jul 2024

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The organization

Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in the Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 220 physicists and 75 technical staff work together in an open and international scientific environment. Together they perform theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle and astroparticle physics. Nikhef is a partnership between six major Dutch universities and NWO-I Foundation, the Institutes Organization of the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

Among the research collaborations Nikhef participates in are the ALICE, ATLAS and LHCb experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the Virgo gravitational waves interferometer in Pisa, the Xenon-nT dark matter experiment in Gran Sasso, the Pierre Auger cosmic ray observatory in Argentina, and the eEDM research programme in Groningen. There are also scientific groups on Theory, Physics Data Processing and Detector R&D. Nikhef avails over excellently equipped technical departments in mechanics, electronics and computing.

The group

The Nikhef LHCb group is involved in the CERN research program of CP violation, rare decays of B mesons and exotic particle production, as well as in future detector upgrades. Currently, Nikhef contributes to the Vertex Locator silicon detector (Velo) and the Scintillating Fiber Tracker (SciFi), and to the Real Time Analysis (RTA) project for online triggering and reconstruction of events.

The position

We are looking for candidates motivated to work on physics analysis and to contribute to the development of tracking detectors. The candidate will take a leading role analysing the most recent data taken by the LHCb Collaboration, in one of the topics on which the group is involved (measurements of decay-time dependent CP violation or tests of rare decays). In addition, the candidate will provide sizeable contribution to the upgrade of the LHCb Vertex Locator (VELO Upgrade II). The successful candidate has a master in physics with knowledge of particle physics, and either has or is willing to develop strong software skills. Our research community is friendly and supportive. Nikhef is committed to being an inclusive and diverse organisation. Applications from women and people belonging to minority groups are especially welcome.


The candidate will be employed by the NWO-I-foundation and will obtain the status of junior scientist. She/he will receive a 4 year contract. During this time there is the possibility to stay at CERN for an extended period. Your gross monthly starting salary will be € 2.781,-, increasing to € 3.562,- in the fourth year. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I-foundation are excellent and can be found on


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the link below. Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae and have the email address of at least one referee ready, who is willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for applications is June 30th, 2024.

For inquiries please contact Dr. Mara Senghi Soares ( ) or Dr. Niels Tuning (

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