Postdoc Position in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 30, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 30, 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Closing date: 30 November 2019
Level of education: PhD
Hours: 38 hours per week
Salary indication: €2,709 to €4,274 gross per month

Are you interested in doing original research in String theory - A theory that unifies all particles and forces in nature, including gravity, in a way consistent with the laws of quantum mechanics and relativity?

String theory is the most promising theory that unifies all particles and forces in nature, including gravity, in a way consistent with the laws of quantum mechanics and relativity. String theory answers fundamental questions about the symmetries of nature, the quantum behavior of black holes, the existence and breaking of supersymmetry, and the quantum treatment of singularities. In string theory all the forces and particles emerge in an elegant geometrical way, realizing Einstein's ultimate dream of building everything from the geometry of space-time.

What are you going to do?

You are expected to perform research in string theory/cosmology.

What do we require of you?

  • A PhD in Theoretical Physics or an equivalent degree.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, for the duration of 2 years (with possible extension). 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 38 hours a week. These amounts are exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 % end-of-year bonus. A favorable 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? Take a look at our website.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation?

Please contact:

  • Diego Hofman, Associate professor

About the Faculty of Science

The Amsterdam String Theory Group is part of the Faculty of Science and is one of the largest and most prominent groups in the world. The group's research interests are diverse and extend across all of string theory, including topological strings, supersymmetric gauge theory, gravity/gauge theory dualities, supergravity and cosmology. There is a stimulating atmosphere in the group, a diverse range of nationalities, and an active visitor program which attracts the best string theorists from all over the world.

Our group's faculty members include: Daniel Baumann, Jan de Boer, Alejandra Castro, Miranda Cheng, Ben Freivogel, Diego Hofman, Jan Pieter van der Schaar, Erik Verlinde and Marcel Vonk.

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.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter by 30 November 2019. You may apply online by using the link below. 

Applications should include a:

  • CV;
  • research plan;
  • list of 3 referees who will be contacted directly.

See further instructions on our website.

No agencies please

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