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Postdoctoral Fellow in String Theory

Posted 19 Nov 2023
Work experience
2 to 4 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
€3,226 - €5,090 per month
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)
17 Dec 2023 00:00

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The group of Lorenz Eberhardt which is part of the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITFA) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow with excellent research track in String Theory and Mathematical Physics.

The position is funded by the ERC Starting Grant 'New Handles for String Scattering Amplitudes' whose aim is to develop new tools in the study of string theory. The position carries with it a competitive salary and travel funds.

What are you going to do?

You will work in a team that seeks to push understanding of string theory further by applying a variety of novel technology.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • conducting original research in string theory, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and presentations at international conferences and workshops
  • take part in local activities such as the weekly string theory seminar and journal club
  • You are encouraged to help organize local seminar and journal clubs
  • You will have the opportunity to co-supervise Bachelor and Master theses and tutoring students.

What do you have to offer?

Your experience and profile

  • PhD in theoretical physics or a suitable subject area of mathematics
  • Track record or research excellence, particularly in the study of string theory, scattering amplitudes, conformal field theory and mathematical physics
  • Professional command of English

Our offer

We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 24 months (two years) with a possible extension of a third year upon successful performance, subject to funding and mutual agreement. The preferred starting date is September or October 2024. The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 3,226 to € 5,090 (scale 10). This does not include 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% year-end allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

The University of Amsterdam is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. With some 40,000 students, 6,000 staff, 3,000 PhD candidates, and an annual budget of more than 850 million euros, it is also one of Amsterdam’s biggest employers.
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