Postdoctoral Researcher in Theoretical High-Energy Multimessenger Astrophysics

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 1 December 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Closing date: 1 December 2019
Level of education: PhD
Hours: 38 hours per week
Salary indication: €2,709 to €4,274 gross per month

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral researcher position in theoretical high-energy multimessenger astrophysics. The position will be embedded in the research group of Dr Philipp Mösta, which is part of the GRAPPA center for astroparticle physics. The successful applicant will also work in close collaboration with the group of Dr Samaya Nissanke (multimessenger gravitational-wave astrophysics).

The University of Amsterdam has a strong profile in the natural sciences, and has expanded upon that role with the founding of the GRAPPA center for astroparticle physics in 2012. There are also close ties with the Nikhef Institute, which is involved in LHC, KM3NeT and gravitational wave instrumentation and analysis.

Project description

The research will focus on numerical simulations of compact object mergers and core-collapse supernovae with a particular focus on making connections to multi-messenger observations and stellar evolution.


You should have a PhD in astronomy and/or physics. You should have a proven track record in theoretical high-energy astrophysics, numerical relativity, or multi-messenger astrophysics.

Further information

For informal inquiries, you may contact:

  • Dr Philipp Mösta


The appointment is intended for an initial period of 2 years, with renewal for a 3rd year contingent upon funding and satisfactory progress. The start of the appointment will be October 2020, with some flexibility.

The salary will be in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2,709 to €4,274 (salary scale 10) gross per month (based on a fulltime appointment). This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement (Cao) for Dutch universities is applicable, Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look at our website.

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 may only be submitted online by using the link below. To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, publication list, and statement of research interest (no more than 2 pages), and provide names and email addresses of 3 referees. Please combine these documents in one single attachment and also mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2019. #LI-DNP     

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