University of Amsterdam, Institute of Physics

Program ID:University of Amsterdam-Institute of Physics-PHD [#27007]
Program Title: PhD Position with the ERC Synergy Grant project "UNIVERSE+"
Program Type:Student programs
Program Location:Amsterdam, North Holland 1090 GL, Netherlands
Subject Area: Theoretical Physics / Cosmology
Appl Deadline:2024/02/23 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2024/01/16, listed until 2024/07/16)
Program Description:    

The group of Prof. Daniel Baumann at the Institute of Physics (University of Amsterdam) invites applications for several PhD positions starting in the fall of 2024. The positions are financed by the ERC Synergy Grant “UNIVERSE+: Positive Geometry in Particle Physics and Cosmology”. The principal investigators of the project are Nima Arkani-Hamed (Princeton), Daniel Baumann (Amsterdam), Johannes Henn (Munich) and Bernd Sturmfels (Leipzig); see While the advertised positions are under the supervision of Prof. Baumann, the students will be part of the larger UNIVERSE+ team and each student will also have a co-supervisor at one of the partner institutions. 

The students will also be part of the String Theory Group at the University of Amsterdam, one of the largest and most prominent groups in the world. The group's faculty members include: Jay Armas, Daniel Baumann, Jan de Boer, Miranda Cheng, Lorenz Eberhardt, Ben Freivogel, Diego Hofman, Mikhail Isachenkov, Andrea Puhm, Jan Pieter van der Schaar, Erik Verlinde and Marcel Vonk. 


A Masters in Physics or an equivalent degree is required to be considered for this position. The candidate needs to possess excellent written and oral English communication skills. 

Further information

General questions regarding the program can be directed to: Daniel Baumann, 


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The PhD candidate is also expected to assist in teaching of undergraduates. The starting date for this position is 1 September 2024. 

Job application 

Applications can be submitted through Academic Jobs Online until 23 February 2024. All applications should include a cover letter where you present yourself briefly, a research statement where your background and potential research interests are described, a CV, grade transcripts from bachelor and masters studies, and two recommendation letters (sent directly by your recommenders).

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the program description.

Further Info:
email address
Institute of Physics
Science Park 904
1090 GL Amsterdam
The Netherlands