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Utrecht University PhD International Scholarship Positions in Particle Physics in the Netherlands for 2022/2023

The Utrecht University PhD International Scholarship project is part of the A Large Ion Collider Experiment external link(ALICE) program in which high-energy collisions of heavy lead ions are used to form and study the high-temperature state of the firm interaction: the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). 

ALICE is one of the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. As a PhD student, you are involved in research projects using so-called hard probes, in which quarks and gluons with high momentum are created during collisions and are used to probe the QGP. 

During the Utrecht University PhD International Scholarship project, the analysis of the experimental data is merged with model studies to interpret and understand the results. 


As a PhD candidate, you should have a strong interest in fundamental (particle) physics and its association with large-scale data analysis, including statistical methods and the programming of analysis algorithms. Preceding experience in some of these areas is regarded as an advantage.

You will become a member of the ALICE group at the Institute for Gravitation and Subatomic Physics external link(GRASP) at Utrecht University and will unite closely with the ALICE group at Nikhef external link.

About the University

Utrecht University is a public research university located in Utrecht, Netherlands. Founded on 26 March 1636 (386 years ago), the university is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. 

In 2018, the university had an enrollment of 31,801 students and employed 7,191 faculty and staff. 525 PhD degrees were awarded and 6,948 scientific articles were published in 2018. 

The 2018 budget of Utrecht University was €857 million. The university counts several distinguished students among its alumni and faculty, including 12 Nobel Prize laureates and 13 Spinoza Prize laureates. 

Utrecht University has been placed invariably in the top 100 universities in the world by central international ranking tables. The university is rated the best university in the Netherlands by the Shanghai Ranking of World Universities 2019, ranking 13th in Europe and 49th in the world.

In addition, the university’s motto is “Sol Iustitiae Illustra Nos,” which means “May the Sun of Righteousness Enlighten Us”. This motto was gotten from a literal Latin Bible translation of Malachi 4:2. Rutgers University, having historical connections with Utrecht University, uses an adjusted version of this motto.

Furthermore, Utrecht University is led by the University Board, consisting of prof. dr. Henk Kummeling (Rector Magnificus), prof. dr. Anton Pijpers (Chair) and prof. MR. Annetje Ottow (Vice Chair).

Close ties are maintained with other institutions internationally through its membership in the Coimbra Group (CG), the League of European Research Universities (LERU), the Utrecht Network, and the European University Association (EUA).


The Utrecht University PhD International Scholarship will provide the selected candidates with a monthly gross salary for four years, starting at €2,443 in the first year and €3,122 in the fourth year of employment. In addition to this, each student will be provided an 8% holiday bonus and, an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and, a pension scheme partially paid parental leave.

Requirements for Utrecht University PhD International Scholarship

Applicants must be accepted in either of the eligible programs to be eligible for Utrecht University PhD International Scholarship.

How to Apply for Utrecht University PhD International Scholarship

Interested and eligible for Utrecht University PhD International Scholarship? Go to Utrecht University on to apply.

Everybody deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a broad variety of backgrounds and views. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond through the “Apply now” button! Please possess:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references;
  • if possible a copy of your Master’s diploma. Otherwise a confirmation of finishing all requirements for the Master’s diploma.

If this exact opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.


The Application Deadline for the scholarship is May 31, 2022.

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