TT Assistant Professor in experimental particle physics within the LHCb Collabor


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

Job description

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

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as mathematics, physics, astronomy and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, pharmacy and nanoscience. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity. The aim of the Van Swinderen Institute is to study the fundamental forces of Nature with implications for our Universe, by connecting the physics at the Planck-scale (quantum gravity) via sub-atomic scales (particle physics) to cosmic dimensions. Both theoretical and experimental efforts are combined in three research frontiers: the cosmic frontier, the high-energy frontier and the precision frontier. Within each frontier there is strong collaboration between experiment and theory. The experimental research is conducted locally (precision experiments at low energies), at CERN (the LHCb Collaboration), and data from e.g. the Planck satellite and Simons Observatory is analyzed. The VSI is a university partner of the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef).

The Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity has an opening for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in experimental particle physics within the LHCb Collaboration. Specifically, the VSI group within LHCb is working on tests of fundamental symmetries of the Standard Model, in particular tests of lepton flavor (non-)universality and lepton number violation in B-meson decays. We are searching for an enthusiastic early-career physicist with a strong track record in experimental particle physics, within LHCb or other high energy experiments. The candidate is expected to develop their own line of research within LHCb and connect to the ongoing local activities. The candidate's expertise should strengthen our team in experimental particle physics to address open questions in particle physics and possibly gravity.

As Assistant Professor you will:

● set up and develop your own research line and research group
● supervise PhD students
● acquire external funding
● promote the societal relevance of your research
● teach in, and contribute to the development of the Bachelor and Master programs of (applied) physics
● contribute to the organization of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management.

At the stage of Assistant Professor 60% of your time is for research, 30% for teaching activities and 10% for organizational tasks.


We encourage you to apply if you have:

● a PhD degree in experimental particle physics
● at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of the Netherlands, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD, and a relevant international network
● strong research profile, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and recognition in the scientific community (invited talks at conferences, collaborations, etc.)
● a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage
● demonstrable organizational competences
● intercultural sensitivity
● good command of spoken and written English.

And you are:

● team minded with good communication skills
● willing to join the LHCb Collaboration
● able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources
● willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years
● able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to speak it within five years (B1 level).

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 84 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities a full-time position as Assistant Professor in our faculty’s tenure track system Career Paths in Science and:

● a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, from € 3,974 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of € 6,181 gross per month (salary scale 12, depending on your career stage) for a full-time position
● holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary
● a pension scheme
● maternity and parental leave
● the possibility to work part-time (0.9 or 0.8 FTE)
● a mentor program and a broad range of opportunities for personal development
● dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen:

As Assistant Professor you will enter a tenure track that, if followed successfully, will lead to a Full Professorship in approximately 10 years. In case of a full-time contract, you will initially be appointed for 7 years and your performance will be assessed after 5 years. This moment may be extended with at most one year in case of a life event (e.g. prolonged illness or maternity leave). If your assessment is positive, you will get a tenured appointment as an Associate Professor. After another 4 to 7 years you will be assessed for promotion to the position of Full Professor. Please consider Career Paths in Science for a complete description of our tenure track system as well as the criteria for promotion:

Job Application

We invite you to submit a complete application including:

● a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position
● a curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and a list with names of references
● a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’
● a statement of your teaching goals and experience, including students’ supervision.
● a description of your scientific interest and plans.

You may apply for this position until 16 April 11:59pm / before 17 April 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The selection interviews will take place in the week of May 15, 2023.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:[…]/

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:

Prof. Daniël Boer (about the position)
+31 50 3633656

Dr Kristof de Bruyn (about the position)
+31 50 3634950

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0135

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Profile report in which the position is described in more detail More information about the research institute Career Paths in Science

Digital application form