Leiden Observatory invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to work on observational and/or theoretical problems in observational cosmology. This position is funded by an ERC starting grant awarded to Henk Hoekstra and is open to applications from all nationalities. The succesful applicant will join an active group of researchers with a strong track record in weak gravitational lensing and the study of galaxy clusters.
Members of the group are involved in a number of exciting large imaging surveys, most notably the ongoing Kilo Degree Survey and the recently approved Euclid mission. Of particular interest are candidates with experience with photometric redshifts determination or the modeling of the intrinsic alignment signal, with the aim of applying this knowledge to available KiDS data and in preparation for the interpretation of Euclid data.
The position is tenable for three years, subject to a review during the second year. The position comes with a competitive salary and full benefits. A starting date no later than October 2013 is preferred. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. by the starting date.
Leiden Observatory is the largest astronomy department in the Netherlands. Research at the observatory spans a wide range of areas. Dutch astronomy has been selected as one of six `Top Research Schools' by the Dutch government and astronomers in the Netherlands have access to a wide range of facilities.
Applicants should send a CV, publication list and a brief statement of research experience and interests, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to the above (email) address. The application review process will begin January 15, 2013 and will continue until the position has been filled.