Postdoctoral Researcher in Gravitational Wave Data Analysis (1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
38 to 40
Faculty of Science
Department of Physics, Institute for Gravitational and Subatomic Physics
Application deadline: 

Job description

The Institute for Gravitational and Subatomic Physics (GRASP) at Utrecht University is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in gravitational wave data analysis and phenomenology, who is interested in studying gravitational wave signals from coalescing binary neutron stars and black holes as probes of fundamental physics.

At GRASP this effort is led by Professor Chris Van Den Broeck and currently involves a team of 14 postdocs and PhD students. The group has close ties with researchers at Utrecht University’s Institute for Theoretical Physics, and with other individuals and institutes across the Netherlands as well as globally. Within the Netherlands this research will be carried out as part of the Dutch Black Hole Consortium, which includes more than 10 universities and knowledge institutes across the country. Internationally, the successful candidate will conduct her or his research as a member of the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Collaboration and the Einstein Telescope Collaboration.


As a candidate you are expected to have, or be in the final stages of obtaining, a PhD degree in Physics or a closely related field. Excellent programming and scientific writing skills are required, as well as English communication skills, together with the motivation to work in a multidisciplinary, international research team.


  • A full-time position for 3 years;
  • A full-time gross salary ranging from € 2,960,- to € 4,670,- in scale 10;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

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About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

At the Faculty of Science, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. Find out more about us.

The Institute for Gravitational and Subatomic Physics (GRASP) aims at understanding the basic constituents of matter and their interactions, and the fundamental properties of space and time. Its members perform experimental research on heavy-ion collisions at the Large Hadron Collider, and gravitational wave data analysis related to neutron stars and black holes. We have ties with Utrecht University’s Institute for Theoretical Physics, and at the national level also with Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics in Amsterdam, of which we are a consortium partner. We are actively involved in large international collaborations such as ALICE, Virgo, Einstein Telescope, and LISA.

Additional information

If you have any questions that you’d like us to answer, please contact Prof Chris Van Den Broeck via

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to

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Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, than simply respond via the “Apply” button!
Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications;
  • contact details of three references from whom we may request a letter of recommendation.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

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The application deadline is 5 December 2022.