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Postdoctoral Researcher in Gravitational Waves, Fundamental Physics – Maastricht, Netherlands

Maastricht University (UM), The Netherlands

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Faculty of Science and Engineering invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Gravitational Wave Research (ERC), at Department for Gravitational Waves and Fundamental Physics  (GWFP), Maastricht University (UM), in the Netherlands

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: Mar 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 3.807 and 5.211 Euro/Month

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Department for Gravitational Waves and Fundamental Physics (GWFP)
Maastricht University (UM)
Maastricht, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

  • PhD degree in physics or a related field (essential)
  • Proficient in English language and good communication skills (essential)
  • Experience in research relevant for gravitational wave instrumentation (essential)
  • You can work independently (essential)
  • You are flexible in collaboration with others (essential)
  • Experience in the design, construction and commissioning of optical precision measurement setups (desirable)

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Carrying out research and development on instrumentation for gravitational wave detection.
  • In particular this position is to work on investigating, (in the context of an ERC grant “Speedmeter: Quantum back-action noise-free interferometry for improving the science capabilities of future gravitational-wave observatories”) innovative techniques which allow to reduce quantum noise in gravitational wave detectors
  • The work will be carried out within a dynamic research group within the Maastricht University and will include collaboration within a variety of national and international research partners form Einstein Telescope, the Virgo collaboration, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the ETpathfinder team.
  • The location of this full-time job is in the Department of Gravitational Waves and fundamental Physics, Duboisdomein 30, Maastricht.

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About the Project/Department

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is home to several outstanding departments and institutions covering education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as the liberal arts and sciences.

The Department for Gravitational Waves and Fundamental Physics  (GWFP) ( was founded in 2019 and is involved in gravitational wave research in context of the upcoming Einstein Telescope, and with particle physics research at the LHCb experiment at CERN. Both experiments are world-leading in their research, discovering a wealth of new facts about the fundamental forces of nature and the evolution of the universe after the big bang. GWFP is also a member of Nikhef (, the Dutch national research institute for sub-atomic particles.

About the Employer: Maastricht University (UM)

Note or Other details

  • We offer a rewarding career at a young university in the heart of Europe, with a distinct global perspective and a strong focus on innovative research and education;
  • The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > About UM > Working at UM.
  • The salary will be set in salary scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (between 3.807 and 5.211 Euros gross per month depending on experience and qualifications, based on a full-time appointment). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% year-end allowance;
  • We offer an attractive package of fringe benefits such as reduction on collective health insurance, substantial leave arrangements, optional model for designing a personalised benefits package and application for attractive fiscal arrangements for employees from abroad.

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Contact details

Tel: +31 (0)880 282800

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