A 3-year postdoctoral position will be available within the Molecular Astrophysics group of Prof. dr. Ewine van Dishoeck located at Leiden Observatory, the Netherlands. The position is centered around (approved) JWST-MIRI and NIRSPEC spectroscopic observations of protostars and planet-forming disks to trace - in concert with ALMA and ground-based infrared data - the journey of molecules from clouds to disks and the inventory of the material that will form planets. Specifically, the position will focus on analysis of JWST data using physico-chemical models of the excitation, chemistry and evolution of molecules in the planet-forming zones of disks.
The postdoc will be part of a diverse international team, and is expected to support and co-supervise PhD or MSc students. They are encouraged to also pursue a personal research program. The position can start anytime in summer or fall 2023.
Candidates with a background in models of the chemistry, physics and/or dynamics of star-forming regions and planet-forming disks are encouraged to apply. Applications from candidates with a primarily observational background are also welcome, assuming a willingness to add a modeling component to their research.
Leiden Observatory is a lively world-class institute carrying out observational, interpretative and theoretical research in the fields of the star and planet formation, laboratory astrophysics, exoplanets, the formation, dynamics and evolution of (high-redshift) galaxies and their nuclei, and cosmology. Postdocs are appointed as civil servants with full benefits. Leiden is a charming town with easy connections to other European countries.
Applications should include a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of research experience and interests, and arrange for at least three letters of reference to be uploaded on the relevant website. Review of applications will start on November 22 2022.
The position is financed by the European Research Council through EU Advanced Grant MOLDISK.