PhD Scholarship in Experimental Neutrino Physics

University of Copenhagen Niels Bohr Institute


PhD scholarship in experimental neutrino physics at the Niels Bohr Institute

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in experimental neutrino physics commencing 15 June 2020 or shortly thereafter. The position is funded by a grant from the Carlsberg Foundation to work on the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, specifically the DeepCore and upcoming IceCube Upgrade low-energy extension.

Description of the scientific environment

The candidate will be located at the Niels Bohr Institute, with the possibility of short stays abroad to foster enhanced research ties with international collaborators; most likely in N. America and/or N. Europe.

Project description
The successful applicant will be involved with multi-year data analysis from IceCube-DeepCore focusing on atmospheric neutrino oscillation physics and preparation for the 2022/23 deployment of the IceCube Upgrade. The local group is invested in making precision measurements of tau neutrino appearance, mitigating systematic uncertainties, and developing the related analysis and experimental techniques for analyzing data from the IceCube Upgrade. A background in experimental analysis techniques and computer coding are recommended.


Principal supervisor is Associate Professor D. Jason Koskinen  koskinen (at)
Further information about the NBI IceCube group can be found online at


Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • The possibility of a stay at an external research institution for a few months

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an M.Sc. degree in Physics, Astronomy, or a related scientific field with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on relevant work experience.


Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 322,642 (approx. €43,015) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,567). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter (max. 1 page)
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant M.Sc. programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • 2-3 letters of reference

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 15 April 2020, 23:59 GMT +2. Applications received after the deadline for applications may not receive full consideration.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor, D. Jason Koskinen, Niels Bohr Institute,

General information about Ph.D. programmes at SCIENCE is available at


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 15-04-2020
Employment start: 15-06-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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