Fakultät für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften

PhD Position in Ultra High-Energy Cosmic Ray Physics

The Department of Astroparticle-Physics at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany) is involved in forefront research in the areas of ultra-high energy cosmic ray (UHECR) physics, neutrino-astronomy, and hot and dense nuclear matter and invites applications for a Research Associate (PhD student) to work on UHECR physics with the Pierre Auger Observatory.

Job Description: The successful candidate will join a team of about 15 people working on the Pierre Auger Observatory, the world’s largest cosmic ray observatory, conceived to solve the long-standing puzzle about the origin of UHECR. The upgrade AugerPrime complements each of the 1600 Surface Detector Stations with a scintillation detector, a radio detection antenna, and new electronics. Deployment is nearing completion and data taking about to start.

The group at Wuppertal is involved in several research topics, ranging from the calibration of Fluorescence-, Radio-, and Particle-Detectors over various topics of data-analysis (Photon, Neutrino, Multi-Messenger and Radio emission) to UHECR phenomenology (source characteristics and propagation of UHECR). The candidate is expected to join the group effort in at least one of these fields and to contribute to the operation of the obervatory. Research visits to the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina and to collaborating Institutes are foreseen.

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 (DL) combined with skills in modern programming (C++, phython, etc) will be advantageous.

Further details: Excellent infrastructure and computing resources are provided. More information can be obtained at https://astro.uni-wuppertal.de

The position will be remunerated at the salary level E13 TV-L plus allowances. It calls for 66 percent of the regular 39 weekly working hours. Information about salary levels including allowances can be obtained at https://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/tv-l/allg/ . The initial appointment will be for 3 years. Preferred starting date: as soon as possible.

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 https://stellenausschreibungen.uni-wuppertal.de/  before
                                               October, 3, 2022

using the Reference code 22624. The University of Wuppertal is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from persons of any gender are highly welcome.

In case of questions, please contact

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Kampert kampert[at]uni-wuppertal.de
Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Gaußstr. 20, D-42119 Wuppertal (Germany)

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