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PhD position Nuclear Chemistry (1.0 FTE) in Groningen

... KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation... ... University of... Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation...



KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology


University of Groningen

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Job description

The mission of the KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology (KVI-CART, http://www.rug.nl/kvi-cart/?lang=en) is to perform basic research on subatomic and astroparticle physics and application-driven research on accelerator physics and physics in medicine. We work, in close collaboration with the scientific community, healthcare and industry, on long-term solutions for science and society. Through the development of state-of-the-art detection techniques, KVI-CART fosters the cross-fertilization between basic and application-driven research. KVI-CART educates young researchers in physics and medical technology at BSc, MSc and PhD level.

The KVI-CART nuclear physics group has a strong expertise in the application of fast (gas-phase) chemical separation techniques for nuclear physics studies. The group also has strong collaborations with international partners focusing on high precision mass spectrometry to study exotic nuclei.
We recently received funding for the project “Catching doubly-magic tin” from the Dutch funding agency NWO. For this project, we are seeking an enthousiastic, motivated student who is looking for a challenging, interdisciplinary project connecting gas-phase chemistry and nuclear physics.

The successful candidate will develop gas-chemical separation techniques in a newly developed apparatus consisting of a laser-ablation source, a reaction chamber, a quadrupole mass filter and a Time-of-Flight spectrometer. The student will be involved in the commissioning of the new setup. Later, she/he will use the setup to investigate the separation of Sn, In, Cd and Ag ions in the gas-phase and study reaction kinetics. The separation techniques will then be applied in an accelerator-based experiment to prepare exotic, atomic nuclei for high-precision measurements.


We are looking for a highly motivated person with interest in experimental nuclear (physical) chemistry to start with the present project. For a PhD position at KVI-CART, an MSc degree in Chemistry or Physics or another related field is a prerequisite.
Candidates should have good communication skills in general and a high level of verbal and written knowledge of English. The candidate needs to be willing to travel and be willing to work outside regular office hours.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,222 gross per month in the first year (salary scale PhD students Dutch Universities), up to a maximum of € 2,840 gross per month in the final year, based on a full-time position, excluding a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and a 8.3% end-of-year allowance. The position must result in a PhD thesis within the 4-year contract period. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected. The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Groningen and based at KVI-CART. The conditions of employment are available at the University of Groningen website under Human Resources: http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/

A research plan will be made up together with the supervisors. This plan also defines which teaching activities the candidate will be responsible for (up to a max of 10% of candidate's time).
Part of the training should be dedicated to radiation and laser safety aspects, as prescribed by the regulations within the University of Groningen.

You may apply for this position until 28 January / before 29 January 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae along with a motivation letter, list of marks, summary of their Master's thesis and the names and email addresses of two references

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