Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Experimental Particle Physics (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential global ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to marine biology.
On top of its track record of research excellence, the Faculty offers a large number of Bachelor's degree programmes (overseen by our Undergraduate School of Science and Engineering) and Master's degree programmes (overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering). Nearly all of our Bachelor's (BSc) and Master's degree programmes (MSc) are fully English-taught, thus allowing students from all over the world to follow a degree programme with us.

The FSE Fellowship programme
Our unique FSE fellowship programme offers temporary positions for talented junior researchers who want to further develop both their research and teaching skills. You will have an appointment for four years during which you can do challenging research, have various teaching responsibilities (approximately 30% of the time), and be offered opportunities for training and career orientation.
From day one, you will have a personal Work and Development Plan (WDP) that describes the specific research, teaching and training activities that you will undertake. You will receive didactic training in your first year and have the opportunity to obtain a University Teaching Qualification. In addition to the yearly Result and Development Interviews with your supervisors, you will have a yearly meeting with a career counsellor to discuss your career development and plans.
A personal budget of a €1000 per year is dedicated for additional training and career activities.

Job description

The research area of the FSE fellow will be in the field of Experimental Particle Physics, with a focus on flavour physics within the LHCb group. The fellow will contribute to teaching general and subject-specific courses in the Physics and Applied Physics BSc and MSc programmes, and supervise BSc and MSc research projects. The position will be embedded in the Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity.


You have
• a PhD, obtained no longer than 3 years ago, preferably from another university than the
University of Groningen
• a promising research record
• affinity with teaching; individuals with actual teaching experience will be favoured
• an excellent command of English.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

The University of Groningen offers a starting salary depending on the date you obtained your PhD and your postdoctoral years. The UFO-profile Researcher/Lecturer (scale 10) applies. In addition to the primary salary, the University offers 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%:

• 0 years: € 3,255 gross per month for a full-time position
• 1 year: € 3,389 gross per month for a full-time position
• 2 years: € 3,514 gross per month for a full-time position
• 3 years: € 3,637 gross per month for a full-time position.

You will have an initial appointment of one year that will be extended by 3 years if you perform satisfactorily. The fellowship will not be extended after the four years period.

The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

The preferred starting date is September 2020

Job Application

Interested candidates are invited to submit a complete application including:
• a letter of motivation
• a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
• a short description (max 1A4) of your teaching interests (extra attachment 1)
• a short description (max 1A4) of your scientific field of interest (extra attachment 2).

You may apply to one of the positions until 7 June 23.59h / before 8 June 2020 00:00h via the website of the University of Groningen:[…]/overview

Selection interviews will take place in the second half of June 2020.

In this stage of recruitment we don’t ask for reference letters.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Yvonne Folkers (coordinator of the FSE Fellowship Programme)

Gerco Onderwater (leader of the research group)

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220170

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