Several PhD and postdoctoral positions are currently open in Amsterdam on GRAPPA-related fields of research (details for each position below the list):

  • 1 PhD Fellowship: High Energy Astrophysics/Cosmic-ray acceleration (deadline 1 December 2015)
  • 1 Multi-Messenger Astronomy Postdoctoral Position (deadline 16 November 2015)
  • 2 Postdoctoral positions in Theoretical Cosmology (deadline 12 December 2015)
  • Several Postdoc positions in Theoretical Physics (deadline 4 December 2015)

GRAPPA PhD Fellowship: High Energy Astrophysics/Cosmic-ray acceleration (deadline 1 December 2015)

We invite applications for a GRAPPA PhD Fellowship position in the field of high energy astrophysics and/or cosmic-ray acceleration. Within this field, either a theoretical or an observational research project can be pursued. The theoretical project would focus on particle acceleration by black hole jets, pulsar termination shocks or supernova remnant shocks. The observational project would be based on H.E.S.S. gamma-ray data and/or X-ray data (Chandra, XMM, NuSTAR, ASTRO-H). Central questions for the project will be: is diffusive shock acceleration the right model, or should reconnection be considered? what is the particle acceleration efficiency for these sources? what are the highest energies particles can obtain in these environments? what is the relation between the overall evolution of these sources and the particle acceleration properties?

The actual project chosen depends on the preference of the selected candidate, this will determine the main supervisor: David Berge, Sera Markoff, or Jacco Vink, but there is a possibility of co-supervising. If the applicant would like to work in a field  that fits better with the research by other GRAPPA faculty members (see this will also be considered, but please indicate this in the application letter. Contact: David Berge (d.berge [at], Sera Markoff (s.b.markoff [at], Jacco Vink (j.vink [at] For the application see:

Multi-Messenger Astronomy Postdoctoral Position (deadline 16 November 2015)

Upcoming facilities like CTA, SKA, KM3NeT and EGO will open a new era by providing a unique multi-messenger view of astrophysical phenomena. Very soon we will be using low- and high-energy photons as well as neutrinos and gravitational waves simultaneously to study high-energy processes in the universe.

The CTA group of the Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek (API) of the University of Amsterdam has an immediate opening for a post-doctoral research position in high-energy astrophysics in the framework of ASTERICS (, a project funded within the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission. The applicant will be involved in the ASTERICS work package connecting large research infrastructures and develop multi-messenger methods.

The project is about implementing and testing alert mechanisms specifically for e.g. LOFAR, EGO, CTA, KM3NeT. A multi-messenger science case study for CTA is to be pursued, and procedures for automated follow-up observations shall be implemented. Depending on the candidate’s science interests, the project can focus on a mix of the above-mentioned facilities.

The gamma-ray group of API is part of the GRAPPA institute (, a new cross-disciplinary activity for astroparticle physics. Research at the GRAPPA institute covers dark matter, dark energy, neutrinos, cosmic rays, as well as more generally string theory, cosmology, high-energy astrophysics and high-energy particle physics. Participation in gamma-ray or radio (LOFAR) research within GRAPPA is encouraged.

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. The position is available from January 2016 onwards, for a period of 2 years, extendable by 1 year depending on performance and funding. The salary is set by Dutch labor law, including generous benefits, and depends on experience. The standard, generous Dutch social benefits apply to this position including collective health insurance, 16 weeks paid maternity leave, childcare subsidies, pension, and about 35 days annual paid vacation.

The evaluation of the applications (a single pdf file with cover letter, CV including publications, research statement, email addresses of three people who can provide letters of recommendation) will start on 16 November 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. The application documents as well as further questions shall be directed to David Berge, d.berge [at]

2 Postdoctoral fellowships in Theoretical Cosmology

The Amsterdam Cosmology group invites applications for two postdoctoral fellowships starting in the Fall of 2016. Preference will be given to researchers with a strong track record in the field of Theoretical Cosmology broadly defined. The positions are under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Baumann.

The successful applicant will be free to pursue his/her own research program and/or collaborate with any of the faculty, postdocs and students in the group on topics of mutual interest.

Applications for this job should contain a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a research statement plus three letters of recommendation. The material should be uploaded through Academic Jobs Online. Applications received before December 12 will receive full consideration. For informal enquiries about the positions please contact Prof. Daniel Baumann (dbaumann[at]uva[dot]nl).

Several Postdoc positions in Theoretical Physics

The Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics invites applications for postdoctoral positions to start in the Fall of 2016. Our areas of focus and strength include string theory, cosmology, particle physics, quantum information, soft and hard condensed matter theory. We especially encourage applications from scientists whose work overlap these categories or falls in more than one of them. The Delta ITP positions are based at one of the three participating institutes in Amsterdam, Utrecht or Leiden, that are all located within a short distance of each other.

We welcome all candidates for postdoctoral positions to apply by December 4, 2015.

The Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics offers a dynamic, high quality environment with maximum research freedom and opportunity to collaborate within and across fields. The Delta ITP positions are intended for outstanding theorists and offer a competitive salary, benefits and additional support, based on the quality and experience of the candidate.

Applicants should submit: curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a list of publications and arrange for at least three letters of reference to be sent on their behalf. Applications, as well as the reference letters, must be submitted electronically to the following email address:

Results will be known by the end of March 2016 at the latest.

The Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however applications from women and minorities are especially welcome.

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