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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Datum objave: 18. 5. 2020
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PhD student (regular employment, application deadline June 22, 2020)

Vacancy No. 244/2020

PhD Position in Experimental Astroparticle Physics (m/f/d)

at the Institute for Nuclear Physics of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology,  Germany, on the topic of Nuclear Fragmentation of Cosmic-Ray Nuclei in the Galaxy


A new generation of space-based cosmic-ray detectors has measured the fluxes of Galactic cosmic rays to an unprecedented precision at the percent-level. These measurements provide a unique diagnostic of cosmic-ray propagation in the Galaxy and an opportunity to find signatures of dark matter annihilation in the Galaxy and new physics phenomena beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics. However, a firm establishment of a non-standard component of particle production in the Galaxy relies on good knowledge of fragmentation cross sections of cosmic-ray interactions with the interstellar medium.

The successful candidate will participate in a new measurement of nuclear fragmentation channels important for the interpretation of secondary cosmic rays in the Galaxy. These measurements will be performed with the NA61/SHINE experiment at the SPS accelerator at CERN. Your responsibilities will include quality assessment during data taking, analysis of the acquired data, measurement of fragmentation cross sections and the study of the impact of these measurements on the propagation of Galactic cosmic rays.

The position is based at the Institute for Nuclear Physics, one of the world-leading institutes for experimental astroparticle physics. You will receive graduate training at the Karlsruhe School of Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics (KSETA) and profit from being embedded within a large group of students and scientists working on a variety of astroparticle experiments including the Pierre Auger Observatory and IceCube. Several research visits to CERN and a close collaboration with other groups of the NA61/SHINE collaboration are foreseen. At the end of the three-year period you will have acquired an in-depth knowledge of experimental and computational techniques of particle physics and the astrophysics of particle transport in the Galaxy.

The position is limited to three years and the salary is based on the Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes and with PhD-specific conditions. The preferred starting date is September 1st 2020. KIT pursues a gender equality policy. Women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. If qualified, handicapped applicants will be preferred.


The successful candidate must hold an MSc degree in particle or astroparticle physics with very good results and have good English skills. Previous experience in data analysis and scientific computing will be helpful for an efficient analysis of the NA61/SHINE data within the computing environment of CERN.

Application Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, BSc and MSc academic transcripts (please indicate grading system if not evident) and arrange for at least one reference letter. Please send the documents as one pdf file (size <30 MB) to For further information, please contact Michael Unger at the same email or via phone (+49 721 608 23383).

Full consideration will be given to applications arriving before June 22nd, 2020. 

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