Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Astronomy, Kapteyn Institute

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
University of Groningen
Department Name: 
Kapteyn Institute
Street Line 1: 
Landleven 12
Job Announcement Text: 

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential global ranking lists. The Faculty of Science and Engineering harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to marine biology.

On top of its track record of research excellence, the Faculty offers a large number of Bachelor's degree programmes (overseen by our Undergraduate School of Science and Engineering) and Master's degree programmes (overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering). Nearly all of our Bachelor's (BSc) and Master's degree programmes (MSc) are fully English-taught, thus allowing students from all over the world to follow a degree programme with us.

The FSE Fellowship programme

Our unique FSE fellowship programme offers temporary positions for talented junior researchers who want to further develop both their research and teaching skills. You will have an appointment for four years during which you can do challenging research, have various teaching responsibilities (approximately 30% of the time), and be offered opportunities for training and career orientation.

From day one, you will have a personal Work and Development Plan (WDP) that describes the specific research, teaching and training activities that you will undertake. You will receive didactic training in your first year and have the opportunity to obtain a University Teaching Qualification. In addition to the yearly Result and Development Interviews with your supervisors, you will have a yearly meeting with a career counsellor to discuss your career development and plans.

A personal budget of a €1000 per year is dedicated for additional training and career activities.

We currently offer 16 fellow positions in a broad range of scientific fields. The preferred starting date of these fellows is before July 2018. One position is offered in the field of Astronomy, preferably in the area of ‘Planetary Sciences and Star Formation’ or ‘Data Science’. The fellow will teach in the MSc Astronomy and be embedded in the research institute Kapteyn Astronomical Institute.

The candidate should have a PhD, obtained no longer than 3 years ago, preferably from another university than the University of Groningen, a promising research record, affinity with teaching (individuals with actual teaching experience will be favoured), and an excellent command of English, since all teaching in astronomy is in English.

Conditions of employment
You will have an initial appointment of one year that will be extended by 3 years if you perform satisfactorily. The fellowship will not be extended after the four years period. The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience of € 3.111,- gross per month up to a maximum of € 4.084,- gross per month for a full-time position. The UFO-profile Researcher/Lecturer (scale 10) applies. In addition to the primary salary the University offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3%. The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen. The University of Groningen has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, female candidates arespecially encouraged to apply.

The preferred starting date is before July, 2018.


Interested candidates are invited to submit a complete application including a letter of motivation, a Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications, a short description (max 1A4) of your teaching interests (extra attachment 1) and a short description (max 1A4) of your scientific field of interest (extra attachment 2).

You may apply until March 8, 2018 via the website of the University of Groningen.

Selection interviews will take place in the second half of March 2018.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Ms. Y. Folkers
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Prof. R.F. Peletier
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