Job openings for 1 postdoc and 2 PhD's: Cosmic Particles with LOFAR and SKA

06/07/2015 - 12:00

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium is hiring 2 PhD researchers and 1 postdoctoral researcher in radio detection of cosmic particles with the LOFAR radio telescope. The research program is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

The low frequency array (LOFAR) is used to study the radio emission from extensive air showersand measure the mass composition of cosmic rays at energies between 1016-1018 eV. This range isof particular interest as it may harbour the transition from Galactic to extragalactic origin. At ultrahigh energies LOFAR can be used to search for radio pulses from neutrinos hitting the Moon. We are also studying the application of both techniques to the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) in thefuture.

We are looking for 2 PhD students with a background in astrophysics or (astro)particle physics, to work on acquisition and analysis of LOFAR cosmic ray data, Monte Carlo simulations, and the development of the lunar observation mode.

We will also hire a postdoctoral researcher to work on the upgrade and expansion of the particle detector array that is installed at the LOFAR core, and the development of new observation techniques, and/or simulation studies for cosmic particle observations with the SKA.

The PhD candidates will be hired for a 2+2 year period (after positive evaluation). For the postdoc, the initial contract runs for one year and can renewed up to 3 or 5 years. The salary will be commensurate to the standard scale for PhD and postdoctoral researchers at the VUB.

Applications should include the following:

  • A one-page letter explaining the candidate’s motivation and qualification
  • A curriculum vitae listing all academic qualifications, relevant research experience and previous publications
  • A copy of the highest obtained diploma and transcript of academic grades
  • Two letters of recommendation written on their behalf to be send directly to

Application deadline: 1 september 2015

For more information contact:
Prof. Dr. Stijn Buitink
Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Pleinlaan 2 - 1050 Brussels - Belgium