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ESR PhD position

Einrichtung: Institute for Theoretical Physics (ID 13970)

Ansprechpartner: Mr. Prof. Steffen Schumann

Besetzungsdatum: ab sofort

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 16.11.2018

The Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Georg-August-University Göttingen/Germany is seeking for applications for an

ESR PhD position

in the field of theoretical particle physics/particle physics phenomenology. The contract is a fixed term contract with a total duration of three years. For the first two years this corresponds to a full-time position (100%, 39.8 hours per week) with payments according to the regulations of the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union within the scope of the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) for Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN). For the third year a part-time position (66,66%, 26.53 hours per week) is offered with salary in accordance with the German federal state public service salary scale TVL E13.

Project description
The first two years for this post are funded by the Horizon2020 Maria Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network MCnetITN3: Innovative Network for Monte Carlo Event Generators for LHC Physics. The aims of MCnetITN3 are to: develop the next generation of Monte Carlo event generators; train a new generation of event generator developers and; play a central role in the analysis of LHC data. In addition MCnetITN3 has an ambitious training programme of schools and short-term studentships designed to train our user base in the physics and techniques of event generators. More details about the network’s research and training programmes can be found at

The post holder at University of Göttingen will undertake a research project in an area of physics related to the development of the Sherpa Monte Carlo event generator. In particular, they will continue the development of concepts and algorithms to automate the evaluation of higher-order electroweak corrections in the hard-process and parton-shower simulations.

Applicants Profile
- Excellent scientific degree in Physics (Master, Diploma)
- Good knowledge of particle physics
- Ability and motivation to pursue high-quality research, including the publication of results in scientific journals
- Good analytical and computer programming skills
- Both written and spoken fluency of the English language
- Working experience in the field of high-energy particle physics is an advantage

For this post the Marie Sklodowska-Curie mobility rules apply. The fellow may not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 month in the 3 years immediately before the date of recruitment. Further details on the eligibility criteria can be found under

Application Procedure
The University of Goettingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favoured.

Owing to the nature of the position, applications have to be handed in on two ways:
Firstly, please send your application documents in electronic form directly to Prof. Steffen Schumann, e-mail: Secondly, the application form on the MCnet web page must also be filled out. The deadline for applications is January 1st 2019.

Please note:
With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)