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Tenure Track Staff physicist in the Physics Data Processing group

About this job

Company & location
Nikhef, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Doctorate (PhD/DPhil/DEng/Dr.-Ing.)
Closing date
Jan 15, 2018
Last updated
Nov 30, 2017

Nikhef, the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands, invites applications for a

Tenure Track Staff physicist in the Physics Data Processing group


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 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. The eEDM programme in Groningen is also a Nikhef activity. Nikhef also hosts a group in theoretical physics, and groups for Physics Data Processing and detector R&D all with good connections to the experimental programs.

Physics Data Processing Group

The Nikhef Physics Data Processing (PDP) program is responsible for scientific computing at Nikhef. We conduct R&D on scientific computing and collaborative computing to extend the science reach of the experiments. Furthermore, we ensure optimal access to appropriate computing resources, and operate and contribute to local, national and international computing infrastructures for science. Service operation and deployment concerns a 700-core / 1 petabyte local analysis facility as well as a 6000-core, 2 petabyte grid cluster. This cluster functions as part of the Netherlands Tier-1 for LHC Computing as well as one of the core nodes for the Dutch National e-Infrastructure. Around these core activities are activities in advanced hardware and networking. Currently, (software) infrastructure for collaboration forms the backbone of our research and development program. Other activities involve machine learning and job scheduling, as well as algorithmic developments related to modern CPU architectures.

The position

We are soliciting applications for a physicist with demonstrated expertise in large-scale physics software and modern computing architectures. The combination of physics and computing knowledge is essential in making algorithmic advances needed for the next generation of Nikhef experiments. This position is not connected to a single specific experiment; the successful candidate will join the PDP group to enable or expand the reach of Nikhef experiments through advances in their software infrastructure.

Applicants are expected to possess good communication skills and be able to work in a team of physicists and engineers. The applicant has the ability to work on a project basis with (industrial) partners and to manage a team of engineers and scientists. The successful candidate takes responsibilities for the research infrastructure of the PDP group and to develop courses for academic purposes, and is willing and able to obtain (personal) grants in order to contribute to the funding of Nikhef's research programmes.


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. (S)he will be employed by the Dutch Foundation for scientific research NWO-I and based at Nikhef in Amsterdam. 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 here

The date on which the appointment is to begin will be determined by mutual agreement, preferably no later than April 1st, 2018. Based on a full-time appointment the gross starting salary per year will range from € 49.000 up to € 67.000, including secondary benefits, and depending on expertise and previous experience. During the tenure track, the salary perspective may increase to € 75.000.

Information & Application

Further information can be obtained from the leader of the PDP group, Dr. Jeff Templon(

Please submit your application Online here and use the ‘apply now’ button at the bottom of the vacancy.

Applications are accepted until January 15th, 2018. 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.

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.