GRAPPA Graduate School: PhD programme

The GRAPPA Graduate School

GRAPPA is a relatively new multidisciplinary Center of Excellence of the University of Amsterdam that operates along the interfaces of theoretical physics, particle physics and astrophysics. This initiative resulted in the appointment of six new faculty members. GRAPPA research topics include both theory, modelling and experimental/observational work on dark matter, cosmic rays, black hole physics, and the physics of the early universe. GRAPPA is involved in the XENON100/XENON1T direct dark matter detection experiments, the ATLAS experiment on the LHC (CERN), and it is a member of the H.E.S.S. very high energy gamma-ray observatory, and is involved in the construction of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).

The GRAPPA graduate school consists of a masters track and a PhD programme.

Call for applications for the PhD program

We invite excellent masters students in their final year to apply to our GRAPPA Graduate School PhD programme. We will have several PhD projects available, but for the best students we also have the possibility to define their own project (a PhD fellowship) with one of our GRAPPA faculty members. Note that in the Netherlands PhD projects are for four years, and the PhD students are considered employees and receive a salary, and full employee benefits (see under doctoral candidates in linked document). Candidates must have a MSc degree or equivalent in Physics or Astrophysics, or provide evidence in the form of a letter from their supervisor that they will obtain their MSc degree before Autumn 2014.

Application material for the PhD programme should be submitted before December 1, 2013 through our submission system:, which opens October 1.

The submission consists of

  1. a cover letter,
  2. curriculum vitae,
  3. a list of university courses taken with grades,
  4. statement of research interests (presenting past research, and research interests, 1-2 pages),
  5. A copy of University degrees + a transcript of university grades
  6. a list of two scientist who are willing to recommend you (provide e-mail addresses through the submission system).

If you want to be considered for the PhD fellowship write in your research statement what aspect(s) of GRAPPA research you are particularly interested in and with which GRAPPA member(s) you would like to cooperate on that topic, and why you are suited for that type of research. The other PhD positions will be project related and offer, therefore, less freedom.

We will invite the most promising candidates to an interview round In February during which they can present themselves and their research interests. The travel costs will be covered by GRAPPA.

Note that for the Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek has a similar call for PhD applications. If you are interested you will need to apply to that call separately.

For further questions, e-mail:

GRAPPA PhD Programme Poster
GRAPPA PhD Programme Poster