Postdoctoral researcher in Exoplanetary Sciences, Netherlands

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Deadline: 1 November 2017

Postdoctoral researcher in Exoplanetary Sciences

Faculty of Science – Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

Publication date
18 August 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,588 to €4,084 gross per month
Closing date
1 November 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam to work with assistant professor Jean-Michel Desert on the observational characterization of exoplanets. The primary responsibilities of the position are to lead research projects in the area of exoplanet science. Researchers working in the areas of observation, theory, or instrumentation are invited to apply.

Job description

The successful Postdoctoral researcher applicant 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, which will be used to determine the atmospheric composition, structure and dynamics of exoplanets, and preparation to JWST observations.

The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to join existing projects and will also be encouraged to develop and pursue their own research program.


Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, physics, or planetary science on arrival.

Previous experience with exoplanet observations is preferred but not required.

Further information

For informal inquiries you may contact:


The appointment is intended for an initial period of two years, with renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory progress.  The starting date for the position is negotiable, but can be between fall 2017 and summer 2018.

The salary will be in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2,588 to €4,084 (salary scale 10) gross per month. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

The position comes with ample funding for travel and computers and there are opportunities to supervise Master’s and Bachelor’s research projects.

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, veteran status, or disability status.

Applications for this position may only be submitted by sending your application via

Your application should include a:

  • cover letter;
  • current CV (please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience), and a list of publications;
  • brief (up to 3 page) research statement of your scientific interests and how you would specifically contribute to the research program on exoplanets.

Also please arrange for 3 letters of references (PDFs) to be emailed to

Complete applications received before 1 November 2017 will receive full consideration. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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