Testing fundamental physics with precision spectroscopy of singly-ionised helium and molecular hydrogen

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    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/02/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Amsterdam


Job description The PhD position is in experimental physics and aims to perform the best tests of bound-state Quantum Electrodynamics in singly ionised helium (in a Paul trap) and molecular hydrogen (in a beam), in search for physics beyond the Standard Model. It involves precision spectroscopy using advanced lasers and methods, such as a frequency comb lasers, ultrafast lasers and parametric amplification, trapping, laser cooling, and nonlinear optics such as high-harmonic generation (HHG). Your duties

  • experimental research, based on advanced lasers and quantum-state control, leading to scientific papers, a finished thesis, and a PhD degree
  • you can be asked to perform educational duties for the department for up to 10% of your time

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A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,325 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €2,972 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 4 years. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance)

Additional comments

Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter (letter of motivation) and provide the name and email address of 2 references. You can apply until 31 January 2020, but applications are evaluated continuously until the position is filled.Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. dr. K.S.E. Eikema
Position: Group leader Ultrafast Laser Physics and Precision Metrology for Fundamental Tests
E-mail: k.s.e.eikema@vu.nl
Telephone: +31-20-5987957

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • MSc in Physics, Technical Physics, Optical Physics, or similar
  • knowledge of, and experience with, lasers and atomic physics is an advantage, but not required
  • proficiency in written and spoken English
  • show a proactive research orientation

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
1081 HV
De Boelelaan 1105

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EURAXESS offer ID: 470180
Posting organisation offer ID: 288031


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