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Ph.D. fellow in Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology

Department of Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology, Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is offering Ph.D. scholarships commencing on Aug 1st, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
One (or two) three-year Ph.D. positions in the area of scattering amplitudes. These positions will be funded by respectively a Young Investigator grant and a EU ERC starting grant (PI: Jacob Bourjaily). Project description in the next section.  
Objectives: Recent years have seen tremendous advances in both our understanding of quantum field theory and in our ability to make predictions for experiments. The predicted probabilities for all the possible outcomes of an experiment are encoded by functions called scattering amplitudes. This program of research has important applications for predicting real observables for experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and has many deep connections to active areas of mathematical research involving graph theory, motivic cohomology, and the geometry of certain stratifications of Grassmannian manifolds.  
Description of the scientific environment  
The theoretical particle physics and cosmology group at the Niels Bohr Institute and the Niels Bohr International Academy is involved in a wide scope of research activities centred on phenomenology, quantum theories of gauge fields, gravity and astrophysics.  
Principal supervisor  
Poul Henrik Damgaard ( ), Jacob Bourjaily ( )  
Job description  
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a Ph.D. student at SCIENCE are:  
To manage and carry through your research project  
  • Attend Ph.D. courses  
  • Write scientific articles and your Ph.D. thesis  
  • Teach and disseminate your research  
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad  
  • Work for the department  
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Physics with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.  
Terms of employment  
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.  
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 312.879 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.219). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  
Application Procedure  
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include  
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project. -  
  • CV  
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)  
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any  
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)  
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees  
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  
The deadline for applications is 30/03/2018, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at  
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact Jacob Bourjaily, email: .  
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at  

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Poul Henrik Damgaard


Application deadline: 30-03-2018
Employment start: 01-08-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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