University of Amsterdam, GRAPPA

Position ID:University of Amsterdam-GRAPPA-PD1 [#15754, 19-858]
Position Title: Two Postdoc Positions in Particle Astrophysics - Dark Matter / Machine Learning
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1090 GL, Netherlands [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Astrophysics (astro-ph), Dark Matter, HEP-Phenomenology (hep-ph), Machine Learning, Particle/Cosmology Theory
Appl Deadline:2020/01/03 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/12/16, finished 2020/07/05, listed until 2020/06/16)
Position Description:    

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What? We invite applications for two postdoctoral research positions in particle astrophysics (and machine learning) at the University of Amsterdam. The positions will be 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.

First position. This is a 2-yr position and part of the eTEC-BIG project “DarkGenerators – Interpretable Large Scale Deep Generative Models for Dark Matter Searches”. You will work under the joint supervision of Dr. Christoph Weniger (UvA), Dr. Sascha Caron (Radboud), Prof. Gianfranco Bertone (UvA) and Prof. Max Welling (UvA) on the application and development of ML technology to searches for particle dark matter with astronomical and collider data. The position is in collaboration with the High Energy Physics group at Radboud University, as well as with engineers from the Netherlands eScience center - a Dutch national center of excellence for the development and application of research software to advance academic research. 

Requirements: A PhD in astronomy and/or physics, substantial coding experience, and a strong interest in the development and application of ML technology for dark matter research.

Second position. This is a 2+1 year position and part of the ERC CoG project "UnDark - New Approaches to Uncover Dark Matter in the post-WIMP Era", under supervision of C. Weniger (UvA). Candidates interested in searches for gravitational and non-gravitational dark matter signals in astronomical data (including axions & sterile neutrinos, and ranging from indirect searches over strong lensing image analysis to the analysis of cosmological probes like Lyman-alpha data), as well as applicants interested in dark matter phenomenology and/or global scans using the GAMBIT framework, are invited to apply.

Requirements: A PhD in astronomy and/or physics. A track record in the development of new dark matter search strategies or application of ML methods is a plus.

All applicants will be considered for both positions.

Our offer. A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, preferably starting in the Fall of 2020 for the duration of 2 years (with possible extension of a third year depending on performance and on the availability of funding). The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,709 to €4,274 (scale 10) gross per month, based on full-time emloyment (38 hours a week), exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable. Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

Questions? Do you have questions about these vacancies? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact: Dr Christoph Weniger.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Applications should include:
    • Cover letter (indicating a possible preference for one of the positions)
    • Research statement (past research and future plans/interests)
    • CV including publication list, list of talks
    • At least two letters of reference

Deadline: 3 January 2020


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Further Info:
GRAPPA Center of excellence
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904
Postbus 94485
1090 GL Amsterdam, NL

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