The Nikhef organization
Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. Approximately 195 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together in an open and international scientific environment. They perform theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle and astroparticle physics. The institute represents a collaboration between six Dutch universities and the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO).
Nikhef participates in large research collaborations, including the ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the VIRGO interferometer in Pisa, the Xenon1T dark matter experiment in Gran Sasso, the Pierre Auger cosmic ray observatory in Argentina and the eEDM research programme in Groningen. Nikhef also hosts groups in Theoretical physics, Physics Data Processing and Detector R&D, all with excellent connections to the (astro)particle physics community.
The research group
The postdoc is based at Nikhef, working in the detector R&D and gravitational wave instrumentation groups. The detector R&D group has 5 staff and typically 6 PhD students and postdocs and is active in developing novel detector technologies for (astro-) particle physics. Nikhef has an excellent laboratory infrastructure, for example, a large optical lab to investigate new interferometric techniques and optical sensors. The Nikhef gravitational wave instrumentation group has 9 staff and typically 12 PhD and postdocs and is a member of the Virgo Collaboration. The groups work in close collaboration with Nikhef’s mechanical, electronics, and software engineering departments to develop innovative instrumentation. Nikhef plays an essential role in constructing ETpathfinder, an R&D infrastructure for testing and prototyping innovative concepts and enabling technologies for the Einstein Telescope. Since 2018 we are a member of the LISA consortium, collaborating within the Quadrant Photoreceiver working group to develop the infrared sensors for this space-based gravitational wave observatory.
Nikhef invites applications for a postdoc position in instrumentation for future gravitational wave detectors, primarily on developing the quadrant photoreceiver systems for LISA, and wave-front sensing systems for upgrades of the Advanced Virgo detector, for ETpathfinder, and the Einstein Telescope. The LISA photoreceiver project is a collaboration with the Dutch institute for space research SRON, Dutch Photonics industry, and various international partners from, e.g. Belgium (KU Leuven), Germany (AEI Hannover), and France (ARTEMIS, Nice). Within this collaboration, you will characterize the prototype photoreceivers (including housing and electronics) and evaluate environmental influences like electromagnetic compatibility, particle irradiation, and thermal stability. You will use these results to optimize the next iteration of the photodiode and to study the impact of the photoreceiver characteristics on the LISA science performance. In addition, you will work on developing new segmented wave-front sensors and further improving Nikhef’s phase camera for ground-based gravitational detectors.
The candidate has a PhD in experimental (astroparticle) physics, applied physics or other relevant fields, preferably with experience in gravitational wave instrumentation. Applicants are expected to possess good communication skills and to work in a team of physicists and engineers. The candidate can work on a project basis with external (industrial) partners. The candidate has the option to supervise master or PhD students.
Conditions of employment
The candidate will be employed by the NWO-I foundation for a period of three years and will obtain the status of postdoctoral researcher. She/he will receive a competitive salary. The conditions of employment are excellent and include extra months’ salary payment in May and December. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I-foundation can be found at https://www.nwo-i.nl/en/employees/
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the 'apply now' button below. Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae and have the email address of at least three referees ready willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
The (extended) deadline for applications is November 6th, 2021. Later applications will be considered until the position is filled. Further information can be obtained from the program leader of the detector R&D group, Dr. N.A. van Bakel (email: email@example.com).
All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
|Title||Postdoc in instrumentation for Gravitational Wave detectors|
|Employer||National Institute for Subatomic Physics (NIKHEF)|
|Job location||Science Park 105, 1098 XG Amsterdam|
|Published||August 12, 2021|
|Application deadline||November 6, 2021|
|Job types||Postdoc  |
|Fields||Particle Physics,   Accelerator Physics  |