Job Openings

The GRAPPA (Gravitation AstroParticle Physics Amsterdam) center of excellence is a collaboration between the institutes for Theoretical Physics, Astronomy and High Energy Physics at the Science Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. Seven recently hired faculty members are active: Shin’ichiro Ando, David Berge, Gianfranco Bertone, Patrick Decowski, Ben Freivogel, Jacco Vink and Christoph Weniger. Their research interests include dark matter, dark energy, neutrinos, high-energy astrophysics, cosmic rays and string theory. In addition, there are about 15 affiliated GRAPPA faculty from the collaborating institutes, who are involved with related experimental work on ATLAS, CTA, HESS, KamLAND(-Zen), LOFAR and XENON100/XENON1T, as well as theory. We have a diverse range of nationalities, a stimulating atmosphere in the group and an active visitor program which attracts some of the best Astroparticle physicists from around the world. We currently accept applications for 4 postdoctoral positions:

GRAPPA Fellowship (Deadline: December 1st, 2014)

The GRAPPA Postdoctoral Fellowship provides an opportunity for outstanding recent Ph.D. recipients to work in our interdisciplinary GRAPPA program. We are presently accepting applications for a new GRAPPA Fellow, candidates in all GRAPPA-related disciplines (i.e. theory, experiment and phenomenology) are invited to apply. Candidates should have a background in a field related to particle or astroparticle physics, and they should have obtained their Ph.D. after January 2010 or expect to obtain it by September 2015. The Fellowship appointment will be for 3 years, with a salary set by Dutch labor law, including generous benefits and funds for travel, computers, etc. Further questions about the GRAPPA Fellowship can be addressed to Gianfranco Bertone ( To apply online, please visit

Postdoctoral Position in Experimental TeV Gamma-ray Astronomy (Priority to applications submitted by November 1st, 2014)

The successful candidate will be an excellent experimentalist ready to lead the construction of two cameras for the small-size telescopes (SSTs) of CTA ( These two cameras will be mounted on two dual-mirror optics SSTs, produced within a UK-French-Japanese-German-Dutch sub-consortium of CTA. Applicants should have an interest in instrumentation, and the ambition to lead the Dutch camera effort, and ideally have experience with fast electronics in particle physics or astroparticle physics experiments. Contributions to the first very-high-energy gamma-ray data analyses of the CTA-SST prototypes are expected at 20% of the candidate’s time.  There is ample opportunity to participate in directing PhD and MSc student projects. Supervisor: D. Berge (Amsterdam), Collaborators: A. van den Berg (KVI/Groningen), J. Hörandel (RU Nijmegen), S. Markoff (Amsterdam), O. Scholten (KVI/Groningen), L. Venema (ASTRON & U Leiden), J. Vink (Amsterdam).  The position will involve frequent travel to, and extensive collaboration with, the Universities of Groningen and Nijmegen. Contact: More information at:

Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical High-Energy Astrophysics (Priority to applications submitted by November 1st, 2014)

The successful candidate will use a mix of semi-analytical methods and Particle-in-Cell techniques to study the conditions for turbulence, plasma instabilities and shock acceleration specifically for Galactic XRBs, with the goal of producing more self-consistent models to predict cosmic ray and TeV gamma-ray fluxes. Interest and some experience in coding and theoretical astrophysics are required, experience in semi-analytical and/or numerical MHD/astrophysics or PIC codes a definite plus. Position is based in Amsterdam, but travel to visit collaborators is encouraged. Supervisors: S. Markoff (Amsterdam) and B. Achterberg (RU Nijmegen). Collaborators: A. Boyarsky (Leiden), D. Berge (Amsterdam), D. Caprioli (Princeton), M. Dieckmann (Linkoeping), A. Marcowith (Montpellier), J. Vink (Amsterdam). Contact: More information at:

Postdoctoral position in Astroparticle Physics  (Deadline: December 1st, 2014)

The postdoc position is available in context of the NWO Vidi grant “Probing the Genesis of Dark Matter”, and provides the opportunity for an outstanding young postdoc to work in an interdisciplinary environment. The successful applicant will work in the group of Dr. Christoph Weniger on various aspects of indirect and other dark matter searches. Preference will be given to candidates from the field of dark matter phenomenology, though exceptional candidates from other fields will be considered as well. Candidates should have a background in theoretical particle physics and/or cosmology, and an excellent track record for their age. They should have obtained their PhD after Oct 2011, or expect to obtain it by Sep 2015. The appointment will be initially for the duration of two years. The salary is set by Dutch labor law, including generous benefits and funds for travel and computers. Further questions about the position can be addressed to Dr. Christoph Weniger ( To apply online, please visit