The gravitational physics division at Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, invites applications for a PhD studentship at the University of Amsterdam in gravitational waves, with an emphasis on using signals from coalescing binary objects (neutron stars and/or black holes) as “standard sirens” for cosmological measurements. The successful candidate will work with the groups of Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck (Nikhef and Utrecht University), and of Dr. S. Nissanke (Nikhef and University of Amsterdam). The gravitational physics division at Nikhef (led by Prof. F. Linde) has close ties with gravitational wave researchers at universities and institutes across the Netherlands, which apart from instrumentalists includes astronomers, astrophysicists, and theorists, such as Baumann, Bertone, Caudill, Groot, Hinderer,Jonker, Levan, Moesta, and Nelemans. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

For more information and an application form, see Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, research statement, and curriculum vitae. Also, please separately arrange for least one reference who is willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for full consideration is 15 January 2020, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For further inquiries, please contact Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck ( or Dr. S.M. Nissanke (