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May 30th 2017

The candidate will be employed by  NWO-I and based at Nikhef in Amsterdam. 
The Nikhef Detector R&D group has a total of five staff and typically two postdocs and about eight PhD students. The group is active in the development of state-of-the-art detector technologies for accelerator-based particle physics and astroparticle physics experiments. In addition, it participates in R&D collaborations like Medipix, RD50, and RD51. The research focus is on instrumentation for gravitational wave detectors such as accelerometers, interferometric techniques and wavefront sensing, and on developing 'smart & fast' pixel detectors for photons and charged particles. The fundamental technology developments we are involved in are in the fields of ASIC design, MEMS and nano-fabrication, semi-conductor sensors, signal processing and opto-electronics. Collaborations with industrial partners are actively pursued and are currently in the areas of seismic and x-ray imaging.

Job description
Tenure track staff physicist in scientific instrumentation.
The date on which the appointment is to begin will be determined by mutual agreement, preferably no later than 1 October 2017.

Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together in an open and international scientific environment. Together, they perform theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle and astroparticle physics. The Nikhef institute is a collaboration between five major Dutch universities and the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO). Among the research collaborations Nikhef participates in are 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 experiment in Groningen. Nikhef also hosts well-staffed theoretical physics and detector R&D groups.

The successful candidate is strongly hardware minded and has shown that he/she is able to initiate new instrumentation ideas in (astro)particle physics. Furthermore, he/she has affinity with applications in other science fields and industry. The position requires a PhD in particle physics, or a closely related field, with an emphasis on scientific instrumentation research. The successful candidate has a few years of postdoctoral experience on advanced detector systems. The candidate is encouraged to take project ownership and to develop his/her own field of research in one of the focus areas of the group. The candidate is expected to write grant proposals, including Dutch funding programs like NWO Open Technology and HTSM Topsector. The candidate possesses a broad range of technical expertise such as read-out electronics, mechanical fabrication, opto-electronics and signal processing. The candidate is expected to play a leading role within the R&D group on technology development in collaboration with technical universities, research institutes and industry. Involvement in a (national) R&D network is an advantage to initiate new partnerships on enabling technologies like integrated circuits (ASIC), micro- and nano-fabrication, or integrated optics. Applicants are expected to possess good communication skills and be able to work in a team of physicists and engineers. The candidate has the ability to work on a project basis with (industrial) partners and to manage a team of engineers and scientists. The candidate takes responsibilities for the research infrastructure of the R&D group and to develop laboratory courses on instrumentation for academic purposes.

Conditions of employment
The successful candidate will be offered a tenure track agreement and will initially be hired on a temporary basis for a period of six years with periodic assessment interviews during this period. Based on a full-time appointment the gross monthly starting salary will range from €3.525 to € 4.848 (salary scale 11) depending on expertise and previous experience. If your performance is evaluated positively at the end of your tenure track, you will initially be appointed as Senior Researcher, salary scale 12. The conditions of employment of NWO-I are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English). General information about working at NWO-I can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The 'Job interview code' applies to this position.
The conditions of employment are excellent and include extra months' salary payment in May and December and good travel facilities. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I-foundation can be found at

Contact information
Further information can be obtained from the leader of the detector R&D group, Dr. N.A. van Bakel.

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
Applications are welcomed through the Nikhef website only.
To apply, please click the 'Apply now' button at the bottom of the vacancy text. Applications are accepted until Sunday night 5 June 2017. Be prepared to upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research interests and provide email addresses of three referents, who will be requested to send a letter of recommendation within two weeks. Interviews will take place in the first week of July 2017