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PhD positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Faculty of Science - Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

PhD positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Publication date 26 September 2019
Closing date 15 November 2019
Level of education Master's degree
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month
Vacancy number 19-620

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) at the University of Amsterdam invites applicants for multiple PhD positions in astronomy and astrophysics. The positions are open to candidates from any country. The institute provides a stimulating, international environment in a city where English is a common language. Of our current PhD candidates, over 70% are foreign and over 40% are female.

Project description

PhD candidates execute a vigorous research program, under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Positions will be available in a number of fields of research where the institute is active, including exoplanets and their atmospheres, stellar astrophysics, astrophysics of neutron stars and black holes, and the detection and characterization of radio counterparts of gravitational wave sources.
On our website you will find general information about doing a PhD at the API, our research and the available projects.


The successful candidates must have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in physics, astronomy or a related subject, by the PhD starting date, which will typically be in Autumn 2020, but this is negotiable. 

Further information

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University of Amsterdam PhD candidates are fully-funded for four years and earn competitive salaries. At first, a contract will be given for 18 months. If positively evaluated, the contract will be extended by a further 30 months and should lead to a completed PhD thesis. The salary will be in accordance with the University regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2,325 to €2,972 (salary scale P) gross per month. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Additional comprehensive benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity and parental leave and pension contribution. The mandatory Dutch health insurance is not included, but is very affordable (~100 euro per month). Relocation costs (within reason) will also be reimbursed.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Are you interested?

Applications will be via online submission using the link below. Applicants will have to provide a curriculum vitae, a transcript of all university courses taken and grades obtained, a cover letter which includes a brief statement of research interests and experience. Contact details of at least two referees should be provided in the application form. Upon submission of your application, our system will automatically send reference letter requests to the referees. For applications that were submitted close to the vacancy closing date 15 November 2019, it is possible to upload the reference letter within 1 week after the aforementioned date. 
If you have not yet finished your Master's degree, a list of grades received to date is sufficient (official transcripts preferred if available from your University, but not required). 

Please combine all documents into a single PDF file and submit using the CV upload box in the application form. 

Applications need to be submitted on or before 15 November 2019. By early January we will invite promising candidates for a presentation and interviews to be held at the University of Amsterdam on 13 and 14 February 2020. #LI-DNP     

No agencies please

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