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PhD Position in Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology

Ref.: ParticleCosmology-PhD

Announced: 20th August 2017
Open until filled.


The Centre for Cosmology, Particle Physics and Phenomenology (CP3) at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) invites applications for a PhD position in theoretical physics.

The CP3 offers an excellent research environment, a friendly work atmosphere and opportunities to collaborate with scientists at many other universities in Belgium and abroad. Theoretical research directions include Cosmology and General Relativity, Data analysis in HEP experiments, Phenomenology of elementary particles and Theories of the fundamental interactions. In addition, there are excellent opportunities to interact with experimentalists. The experimental collaborations represented at CP3 include both, particle physics (CMS, NA62 and others) and observational cosmology (Planck, COrE).

The successful candidate will primarily work with Marco Drewes, who will join the institute in September 2017. The candidate should indicate an interest in one or several of the following topics

  • neutrino masses as a "portal" to New Physics
  • leptogenesis/baryogenesis
  • experimental searches for heavy neutral leptons and other long lived particles
  • thermal and non-thermal Dark Matter production in the early universe
  • scalar fields in the early universe
  • nonequilibrium quantum field theory

Candidates should have obtained a Master in Physics (or equivalent) by the starting date. Preference will be given to candidates with prior knowledge in theoretical physics and quantum field theory. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The salary will be covered by a "Bourse de doctorat" for the first 24 months and by local funding afterwards. The starting date is flexible.

To apply, please send an email with subject "Application for a PhD position in theoretical physics" to The application should contain a short cover letter specifying the candidate's interests and preferred starting date, a full CV, a list of the courses taken by the candidate during their master/postgraduate studies (including marks) and any other documents that the candidate considers relevant for the application. All documents should be merged in a single pdf file. Candidates should also arrange for at least two letters of reference to be sent to the same email address, and indicate the names and contact details of their referees in their application, so that we can contact them in case we are lacking a letter or have further questions.

*Revision of the applications will begin on September 15* and continue until the position is filled.

Please address any questions regarding the position or the application process to .

Related Research directions:

[UCLouvain] - [SST] [IRMP] - [SC]
Contact : Jérôme de Favereau
Job opportunities PhD Position in Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology