Doctoral grant (BOF) area of Experimental elementary particle physics

University of Antwerp
July 24 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Faculty of Science  is seeking  to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of Physics for a

Doctoral Grant by the University Research Fund (BOF) in the area of  Experimental Elementary Particle Physics

The research conducted at the laboratory for elementary particle physics (EDF) is part of the 8 key research domains of our science faculty.

This Ph.D. grant relates to the recently initiated SOLid neutrino experiment which is currently under construction at the Belgian Nuclear research center SCK-CEN in Mol. For this purpose, the EDF group is constructing and operating a neutrino detector which is largely financed by the Flemish Hercules foundation and by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). IN a term of minimally 3 years, the SoLid experiment will investigate the existence of hypothetical sterile neutrinos.

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of Physics/Elementary Particle Physics.

  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment.

  • You contribute to teaching and research in the EDF research laboratory and you assist specifically in teaching the laboratory exercises of the object oriented programming courses of prof. van Remortel in the bachelor curriculum of the physics education program.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree  in Physics or Physics engineering.

  • You can submit outstanding academic results.

  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.

  • Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.

  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university's policy.

  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.

  • You are able and willing to stay regularly for short periods in other laboratories in Belgium and abroad.

  • You have a good practical knowledge of English, written and spoken, especially when applied in a scientific context.

  • You show a strong motivation and interest in fundamental research related to elementary particles and you are aware of the most important historical achievements in this field.

  • You enjoy programming and you are proficient in object oriented programming languages such as C++ and Python and you can apply these skills in the simulation of physical processes and in the analysis of experimental data.

  • You are proficient with the Linux operating system and can maintain your own Linux setup.

  • You have a basic knowledge of statistical data analysis techniques: probability distributions and their properties, likelihood fits and statistical regression analysis, statistical hypothesis testing and the determination of confidence levels.

  • You are able to communicate in a clear and structured manner about your research results in small and large (international) groups and settings.

We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;

  • the start date of scholarship will be 1 October, 1 November or 1 December 2017 or 1 January 2018, the details of which will be determined when awarding the scholarship;

  • a gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.280,27 - € 2.419,84;

  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online until the closing date 15 August 2017 and should include a copy of your CV and a cover letter.

  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications.

  • The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.

  • The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place from 21 August until 15 September 2017.

  • More information about the application form can be obtained from

  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Nick van Remortel, tel. . +32 (3) 265 35 68, email:

The University of Antwerp is a family friendly organization, with a focus on equal opportunities and diversity. Our HR-policy for researchers was awarded by the European Commission with the quality label HR Excellence in research

We support the Science4Refugees initiative and encourage asylum-seeking, refugee scientists and researchers to apply for a job at the University of Antwerp.

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess

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