Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 15 December 2017

Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Astrophysics

Faculty of Science – Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

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

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) invites applications for a 2+1 year postdoctoral research position, to begin in Fall 2018.  The successful candidate will work in the research group of Prof. Sera Markoff, and interact with an extensive network of international collaborators.

The Anton Pannekoek Institute of Astronomy is a lively and international  research institute with 16 faculty (~30% female/60% foreign), ~30 postdocs (~30% female/75% foreign), and ~50 PhD candidates (~45% female/70% foreign). English is the lingua franca in the Science Faculty, and the second language of Amsterdam. Prof. Markoff’s group is also part of the Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics Amsterdam (GRAPPA) Center of Excellence, and the postdoctoral researcher will be encouraged to participate actively in both institutes. The Science Faculty is located an 8 minute train ride from the central train station on the UvA Science Park Campus, which is also the informatics/computing technology center of the Netherlands and hosts several national research institutes and a startup campus.

Project description

The project focuses on developing physically motivated, semi-analytical models of relativistic, magnetohydrodynamical outflows, in order to study the accretion/outflow connection in compact objects, particularly transients. Beyond the modelling of individual sources, the postdoc will lead the development of the first MHD-consistent grid model for jets, to be implemented in standard data-analysis software packages. Preference will therefore be given to candidates who are not only science driven, but who also have strong coding skills and an affinity for independent problem solving.


Applicants must have a PhD in an Astrophysics-related topic.

Further information

For informal inquiries, you may contact:


The appointment is intended for an initial period of 2 years, with renewal for a 3rd year contingent upon satisfactory progress.  The starting date for the position is fall 2018.

The position comes with a competitive salary, as well as generous funding for travel and computer resources.  The salary will be in accordance with the University regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2588 to €4084 (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.

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, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Job application

Applications for the position at the University of Amsterdam may only be submitted by sending your application via To process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 17-572 in the subject line.

Interested candidates should submit via email a single PDF including a CV, a concise statement of research experience and motivation for applying, and a publication list.

Applicants should also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation (PDF) to be sent separately via email to prof. S.B. (Sera) Markoff by the deadline.

Applications not mentioning vacancy number 17-572 and the title of the position you are applying for in the subject-line will not be processed.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; however, applications received by 15 December 2017 will be given priority.  We especially welcome candidates who will contribute to the diversity of the group. #LI-DNP

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