Post-doctoral position Astroparticle Physics program at KVI-CART (1,0 fte)

University of Groningen

KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The mission of the KVI - Center for Advanced Radiation Technology (KVI-CART) is to perform basic research on Subatomic and Astroparticle Physics and
application-driven research on Accelerator Physics and Physics in Medicine. In close collaboration with the scientific community, healthcare and industry, we work on long-term solutions for science and society. Through the development of state-of-the-art detection techniques, KVI-CART fosters the cross-fertilization between basic and application-driven research. KVI-CART educates young researchers in physics and medical technology at BSc, MSc and PhD level.

Job description
Within the Astroparticle Physics group of the KVI-CART we are investigating the causes of lightning using the radio telescope LOFAR in The Netherlands where we develop analysis techniques for multi-dimensional imaging of lightning strikes registered by the LOFAR radio telescope.
We are also developing advanced tracking techniques for the Cherenkov Telescope Array project to improve the pointing accuracy of the Small-Sized Telescopes for the CTA project for the detection of very-high-energy gamma rays from astrophysical origin.
These projects are carried out in close collaboration with teams from the University of Amsterdam and Leiden, and the Radboud University in Nijmegen.

The candidate will be asked to have high visibility in one of these projects and contribute to both.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate in Astroparticle Physics or closely related fields with experience in data imaging techniques. Applicants should hold (or soon hold) a PhD in Astrophysics, Experimental Particle Physics, or Astroparticle physics, obtained no more than four years prior to starting the position.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 48 months.
The position is for a maximum of 24 months with the initial temporary appointment for 12 months financed by (and in service of) Foundation FOM and - upon successful evaluation before the end of the first year – a temporary appointment for another 12 months in service of the RUG. At FOM your salary will be up to a maximum of 4,089 (salary scale 10 Onderzoekinstellingen) euro gross per month, depending on your level of experience. The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent. The conditions of employment of the FOM Foundation are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English). General information about working at FOM can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The 'FOM job interview code' applies to this position. The University of Groningen offers the postdoc - after a successful evaluation before the end of the first year - a salary based on qualifications and experience of between € 2,552 and € 4,028 (scale 10 CAO Dutch Universities) gross per month for a fulltime position, excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. The conditions of employment are available at the University of Groningen website under Human Resources: Application You may apply for this position until 3 November 2016, 23.59h / before 4 November 2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Application should include the following: • cover letter that includes a statement on the applicant’s potential contribution to the department and the Spinoza Prize Project, and an explanation on how to meet the selection criteria for the post • CV and list of publications • a statement describing current and future research (no more than 2 pages) • the names and contact details of three academic referees and an indication whether we can contact them at this stage • a sample of written work of most relevance to this position, not more than 8,000 words; it can be a published or unpublished sample and can be an extract from a longer piece. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Prof. A.M. van den Berg

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 216291
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