Postdoc position in the LHCb group

The organization

Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in the Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 220 physicists and 80 technical staff work together in an open and international scientific environment.Together they perform theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle and astroparticle physics. Nikhef is a partnership between six major Dutch universities and the NWO-I Foundation, the Institutes Organization of theDutch Research Council (NWO).
Nikhef participates in a wide range of research collaborations, including the ALICE, ATLAS and LHCb experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the Virgo gravitational waves interferometer in Pisa, the Xenon-nT dark matter experiment in Gran Sasso, the Pierre Auger cosmic ray observatory in Argentina, and the eEDM research programme in Groningen. Nikhef furthermore has scientific groups on theory, physics data processing and detector R&D, and has excellently equipped technical departments in mechanics, electronics, and computing. Nikhef hosts a LHC Tier-1 dataprocessing center and offers substantial additional computing resources for end-user data analysis and simulation.

The group

The Nikhef LHCb group is involved in the CERN research program of CP violation, rare decays of B mesons and exotic particle production, as well as in future detector upgrades. Currently, Nikhef contributes to the Vertex Locator silicon detector (Velo) and the Scintillating Fiber Tracker (SciFi), and to the Real Time Analysis (RTA) project for online triggering and reconstruction of events.

The position

We are looking for candidates motivated to work on physics analysis and to contribute to the development of tracking detectors. The candidate will take a leading role analysing the most recent data taken by the LHCb Collaboration, in one of the topics on which the group is involved (measurements of decay-time dependent CP violation or tests of rare decays). In addition, the candidate will provide sizeable contribution to the upgrade of the LHCb Vertex Locator (VELO Upgrade II). The successful candidate has a PhD in particle physics and strong software skills. The postdoc will supervise the work of one or more PhD candidates. The candidate will preferentially work on site at CERN, in Geneva, for a large fraction of the contract duration. Our research community is friendly and supportive. Nikhef is committed to being an inclusive and diverse organisation. Applications from women and  people belonging to minority groups are especially welcomed.


The candidate will be employed by the NWO-I foundation for a period of two years and will obtain the status of postdoctoral researcher. She/he will receive a competitive salary. The conditions of employment are excellent and include extra months’ salary payment in May and December. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I-foundation can be found at

Further information and application

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the 'apply now' button below. Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter, and have the email addresses of at least two referents ready, who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2024. The starting date will be set on mutual agreement. For further information, feel free to contact Dr. Mara Senghi Soares ( or Dr. Niels Tuning (

 All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply