High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics


Visiting Opportunities

Short-term Visits

Opportunities for researchers from developing countries

The ICTP High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (HECAP) Section offers every year a number of grants for short-term visits.  The purpose of the visits is to perform theoretical studies in HECAP's areas of expertise and in close interaction with the Section's resident staff and visiting scientists.  Short-term visits may be for a maximum period of 3 months.

Scientists from developing countries are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to requests for visits outside the summer period. Candidates should apply using the ICTP online application system.

A short research plan for the expected visit at ICTP should also be added and at least one letter of recommendation is required for junior scientists, postdocs and graduate students. The letter is to be sent separately by the referee after submission of the application.

Visit opportunities may also depend on the current pandemic situation.

Application deadline: 28 February 2022. Only successful applicants will be contacted by email.


A second call is foreseen with deadline 31 August 2022.



Postdoctoral Positions

Several postdoctoral positions will be available in the HECAP Section with expected starting date in October 2022. Appointments will be for 2+1 years.

Postdocs working on cosmology and astroparticle physics will also participate in the initiatives of the IFPU (Institute for the Fundamental Physics of the Universe), a collaboration between ICTP, the Trieste Observatory and SISSA.

HECAP members are currently working on: String theory including D-branes, Black Holes, Gauge/string theory duality, Phenomenological String theory/M theory; Particle Phenomenology including Physics beyond the Standard Model, Dark Matter, Axions, Higgs and Collider physics, Neutrino physics and astrophysics; Cosmology including Large Scale Structures, Physics of the Early Universe, Present Acceleration; Topological field theories and Localization.

The Section presently comprises 8 staff members, 4 emeritus scientists, 10 postdoctoral researchers, a number of associated faculty members from other institutions as well as up to 200 other short/long-term visitors per year.

There is also a close collaboration between ICTP scientists and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), the Department of Theoretical Physics of Trieste University, the Trieste section of the INFN, the Trieste Observatory and the University of Udine. The Section is also actively involved in the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC.

Each application should include: Curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, publication list, and three leters of recommendation. For full consideration applications should be sent by 28 November 2021. For more details and to apply online please go to:


The ICTP takes seriously its commitment to equal opportunity and diversity in hiring, and its global mission to promote science in the developing world.


Additional postdoctoral positions are also available at the IFPU



Other Visiting Opportunities

Other research and education opportunities in high energy physics are available through ICTP's Postgraduate Diploma Programme as well as its Associateship Scheme.