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Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Fakultät für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften


Prof. Dr. K.-H. Kampert,
Prof. Dr. K. Helbing


Monika Starke

Raum F.11.14
Gaußstr. 20
D-42119 Wuppertal

Telefon:  +49 (0)202 439-2640
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Two PhD Positions on Cosmic Ray Physics

The Department of Astroparticle-Physics at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany) invites applications for two Research Associates (PhD students) to work as members of a DFG funded Collaborative Research Cluster (SFB 1491).

Job Description: The successful candidates will join a large research group at the University of Wuppertal focused on studying different topics related to high energy messengers from the Universe. They will work in close collaboration also with research teams at the Ruhr University Bochum and Technical University Dortmund, all jointly funded within SFB 1491 of the DFG.

Project A: The main goal will be to arrive at a quantitative understanding of the transport phenomena of cosmic rays in the transition region between Galactic and extragalactic origins. For this purpose, simulations of cosmic ray acceleration and propagation will be performed using the CRPropa tool and its results will be confronted to observational data.

Project B: The main goal will be to improve the description of hadronic interactions at energies much beyond those accessible at the CERN-LHC. Using air shower data primarily from the Pierre Auger Observatory, combined with collider data primarily from the LHCb-Experiment at CERN, tuning of currently used interaction models will be performed. 

Research visits to the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina and to collaborating Institutes are foreseen. The Department comprises about 30 people who are involved in forefront research in the areas of ultra-high energy cosmic ray physics, neutrino-astronomy, neutrino mass measurements, and hot and dense nuclear matter. Excellent infrastructure and computing resources are provided. More information can be obtained at .

The positions are remunerated at the salary level E13 TV-L plus allowances. They call for 75 percent of the regular weekly work hours, which currently is 39 hours. Information about salary levels including allowances can be obtained at .  The preferred starting date is March 15, 2021.

Qualification: Applicants must hold a qualifying degree in physics at the time of recruitment and should have experience in experimental or theoretical astroparticle physics or neighboring fields, such as nuclear or particle physics.  Prior experience in Monte Carlo Simulations and data analysis combined with skills in modern programming (C++, phython, etc) will be advantageous.

Application: Applicants should apply and upload their documents (CV, applicable certificates, list of publications/presentations, and the names and addresses of two referees) to the online portal of University Wuppertal at  before

                                               January, 17, 2022 .

using the Reference code 21350. Please indicate which of the two projects you would prefer to work on. The University of Wuppertal is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from persons of any gender are highly welcome. 

Contact: Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Kampert ( Universität Wuppertal, Fakultät für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften