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PhD fellow in Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology, Niels Bohr International Academy

Department of Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering PhD scholarships commencing on Aug 1st 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.


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 centered on phenomenology, quantum theories of gauge fields, gravity and astrophysics.


Project description

Recent years have seen tremendous advances in both our understanding of quantum field theory and in our ability to make predictions for experiment. The predicted probabilities for all the possible outcomes of any experiment are encoded by functions called scattering amplitudes.

This programme 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.

The Standard Model is also sensitive to quantum corrections coupling higher mass scales into the observed Higgs boson mass. Extensive experimental efforts have not yet uncovered direct evidence of the new model to construct to address these issues. This is giving way to a new systematic approach -- the Standard Model Effective Field Theory (SMEFT)

We seek Ph.D. applicants who are interested in research in modern aspects of scattering amplitudes and/or research in effective field theories.


Supervision: Jacob L. Bourjaily, N. Emil J. Bjerrum-Bohr, Michael R. Trott and, Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology.


Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:


  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD 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 309,109 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,699). 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)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from professional referees

Referees can also send letters of reference directly as 'pdf' to the following email address: Such letters should contain the following subject line: 'Reference letter for : applicant's full name' 

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 15/04/2017, 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 either N. Emil J. Bjerrum-Bohr email: phone: +45 20 56 53 28 or Jacob L. Bourjaily, email:, Phone: +45 53 38 58 50 or Michael R. Trott, email:, phone: +45 30 44 97 91 


Københavns Universitet giver sine knap 10.000 medarbejdere muligheder for at udnytte deres talent fuldt ud i et ambitiøst, uformelt miljø. Vi sikrer traditionsrige og moderne rammer om uddannelser og fri forskning på højt internationalt niveau. Vi søger svar og løsninger på fælles problemer og gør ny viden tilgængelig og nyttig for andre.


Emil Bjerrum Bohr


Ansøgningsfrist: 15-04-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-08-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Niels Bohr Institutet

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