Are you a highly motivated PhD candidate who would like to play a key role in neutrinoless double beta decay search? The Dark Matter Group has an opening for a PhD position to do research on Majorana Neutrinos. The Amsterdam group is involved in the KamLAND-Zen, XENONnT and DARWIN experiments
The most promising experimental method to discover if neutrinos are their own antiparticles, i.e. are Majorana, is to search for neutrinoless double beta decay (0n2b) in certain isotopes, such as Xe-136. The world’s most sensitive 0n2b experiment is currently the underground KamLAND-Zen experiment using 750kg of Xe-136 in the Kamioka mine in Japan. Other xenon-based experiments, such as the XENONnT dark matter experiment in Italy and the future DARWIN experiment, may also shed light on 0n2b. If the 0n2b process is discovered, it will have profound implications for our understanding of Nature.
While the PhD position is at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the successful candidate will be fully embedded in the Dark Matter group at Nikhef. Travel to Japan will be required.
What are you going to do?
- Work on KamLAND-Zen 0n2b data analysis, with a particular emphasis on using machine-learning techniques to improve background rejection.
- Perform statistical analysis to search for Majorana neutrinos.
- Optimize the 0n2b search in XENONnT and DARWIN experiments.
What do we require of you?
- An MSc in Physics or an equivalent degree
- Strong software skills
- Excellent English communication skills.
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and
The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be € 2,395 to € 3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.
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The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.
The Institute of Physics (IoP) located in the center of the Amsterdam Science Park. The IoP – as part of the Faculty of Science – is housed in a modern building with excellent labs and technical facilities. Surrounded by several national research institutes and with our partners at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the institute is part of a strong physics center of international standing. One of the institutes that the IoP has very close ties to is Nikhef, the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands.
Dark matter group at Nikhef
The UvA’s Dark Matter group is embedded at Nikhef. Approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together in an open and international scientific environment at Nikhef. Jointly, they perform excellent theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle- and astroparticle physics. Among the research collaborations Nikhef participates in are the ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the Virgo interferometer in Pisa, the XENON dark matter detector in Gran Sasso, Italy and the Pierre Auger cosmic ray observatory in Argentina. Nikhef is a collaboration between six major Dutch universities and the Nikhef research institute. The Dark Matter Group is also part of GRAPPA, a collaboration between UvA’s IoP and API institutes.
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize 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
Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 July 2021. You can apply online by using the link below.
Applications in .pdf should include:
- applications in .pdf should include;
- cover letter with a brief presentation of yourself;
- personal statement where your background and potential research interests are described;
- CV with contact details of two referees. The referees will only be contacted if you are shortlisted.