Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) at the University of Amsterdam Netherlands (UvA) to work in Associate prof. Jean-Michel Désert’s group on the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres. The primary responsibilities of the position are to lead research projects in the area of exoplanet atmospheres. Researchers working in the areas of observations or theory are invited to apply.

You will contribute to several current research programs using space-and-ground based surveys dedicated to probing exoplanet atmospheres. The programs include Space and ground- based observations, low- and high-resolution spectroscopy observations of exoplanet atmospheres, which will be used to determine the atmospheric composition, structure and dynamics of exoplanets. The Postdoctoral Scholar will primarily work on projects from a NWO-VIDI grant (‘New Frontiers in Exoplanetary Climatology’) and will have the opportunity to join existing other projects. Previous experience with exoplanet observations is preferred but not required.

What are you going to do?

You will:

  • be a member of a research group of Associate professor Jean-Michel Désert that is located at the Astronomy Institute of the University of Amsterdam;
  • work at the Anton Pannekoek Institute in close collaboration with Jean-Michel Désert and his team on the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres;
  • join the NWO-VIDI grant project entitled ‘New Frontiers in Exoplanetary Climatology’;
  • conduct research with faculty members, postdocs, Master and PhD students;
  • work with observations and models for exoplanet atmospheres;
  • be part of a stimulating and challenging environment.

What do we require?

  • A PhD degree in astrophysics, astrochemistry, chemistry, atmospheric studies, geosciences or related sciences would be preferred;
  • the ability to collaborate and adapt in an interdisciplinary team (interface between astrophysics, atmospheric physics, and chemistry);
  • good communication skills in oral and written English.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38  hours per week, preferably starting on 1 September 2021 for the duration of 12 months (with a possibility of two more years depending on performance). The starting date can be negotiated depending on the situation, but before October 2021 would be preferred.       

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,709 to €4,274 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

About the Faculty of Science and the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) furthers research, teaching and public understanding of astronomy. It conducts astronomical research and trains astronomers from bachelor to postdoctoral level, aiming at world-leading levels and activities.


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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.

The API Department particularly encourage applicants from groups that are underrepresented in the physical sciences, and who can enhance the diversity of backgrounds and ideas in our group. We are committed to diversity, inclusivity and equity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 31 January 2021. Note, the selection process will start as the applications come in.

You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a motivation letter and CV, including a list of publications, past research and research proposal (about a couple of pages each); Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience;
  • three letters of references. The letters of references will be requested as soon as the applicants submit their applications; the deadline for receiving the reference letters is February 5th 2021.

All documents should be uploaded and sent as one single pdf document in the ‘CV section’.    

We will invite potential candidates for online interviews in February 2021.

No agencies please

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