Doctor of Philosophy Positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Amsterdam, Netherlands
€2,325 to €2,972 gross per month
16 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

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 50 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, protoplanetary disks, stellar astrophysics, compact objects, supernovae and compact object mergers and magnetohydrodynamic simulations of relativistic jets.

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 2019, but this is negotiable. 

Further information

For informal inquiries, please contact:

  •  Ms. Milena Hoekstra


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 Employment Agreement for 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.

Job application

We are an equal opportunity employer and greatly value the diverse nature of our institute. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

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 and details of at least two referees. If you have not yet finished your Masters degree, a list of grades received to date is sufficient (official transcripts preferred if available from your University, but not required). To enable us to process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 18-572 together with the name of the position in your cover letter.

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 23 November 2018. By early January we will invite promising candidates for a presentation and interviews to be held at the University of Amsterdam on 14 and 15 February 2019. #LI-DNP

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