PhD in X-ray Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Archive Date: 
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Institution/Company: 
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research
Department Name: 
Astrophysics programme
Street Line 1: 
Sorbonnelaan
Street Line 2: 
2
City: 
Utrecht
State/Province: 
Utrecht
Zip/Postal: 
3584CA
Country: 
Netherlands
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

SRON's mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research. Therefore the institute develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research. As national expertise institute, SRON gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates national contributions to international space missions. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in our society.

The Astrophysics programme, through the Aspasia programme and together with the NOVA school, offer a PhD position in the area of X-ray high-resolution spectroscopy and timing of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) under the supervision of Dr. Elisa Costantini (SRON) and Dr. Phil Uttley (UvA).

The project will be carried out mostly at the SRON location (Utrecht) with frequent visits to the University of Amsterdam.

The project is observational in nature. The successful applicant will study Active Galactic Nuclei ionised outflows under different observational conditions, investigating the energetics and geometry of this complex medium. Timing and spectroscopy will be jointly used to study both the ejection and accretion mechanisms in the AGN. (S)he will make use of archival data from the Chandra, XMM-Newton and Hubble Space telescope satellites.

Candidates should have a master’s degree in Astronomy or Physics which has been completed before the start date. Candidates with previous experience in X-ray/UV data analysis and with programming skills are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send a CV, a transcript of their university grades, a statement on their motivation to apply for this project, the names and (email) addresses of two references as well as a short (maximally 1 A4) outline of their knowledge and experience to jobs@sron.nl

Please state the vacancy number "SRON 1437" in the subject of your mail. Applications will be accepted until March 4th 2019.

In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to female applicants. Online screening may be part of the selection procedure.

 

Included Benefits: 

Employment of this full-time position at SRON-Utrecht is by NWO-I (The Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes) and will be for a period of 1,5 years with extension until 4 years in total when your performance evaluation after 9 months is adequate.

The salary will be in accordance with the salary scales of NWO-I starting with € 2,291.00 gross per month on a fulltime basis in the first year, to a maximum of € 2,937.00 in the fourth year of employment. SRON moves in 2021 to Leiden.

NWO-I has good secondary employment conditions such as:

  • An end of year bonus of 8,33% of the gross yearly salary
  • 42 days of vacation leave a year on full-time basis
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross yearly salary
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • Options for (additional) personal development
  • Excellent facilities for parental leave
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 4, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
jobs@sron.nl
Institution/Company: 
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research
Street Line 1: 
Sorbonnelaan
Street Line 2: 
2
City: 
Utrecht
Zip/Postal Code: 
3584CA
Country: 
Netherlands
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
e.costantini@sron.nl