A 3-year postdoctoral position is available within the Molecular Astrophysics group located at Leiden Observatory focused on
protoplanetary disk chemistry and molecular excitation models, with the ultimate goal to follow the chemistry from collapsing cores to exoplanet atmospheres.
The position is part of the Dutch Astrochemistry Network funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The project is linked to guaranteed time JWST-MIRI observations and aims to develop non-LTE excitation models of small molecules to analyze the JWST spectra and infer abundances and physical parameters. In addition, the sensitivity of chemical networks to photodissociation branching ratios will be investigated. The postdoc is expected to co-supervise PhD or MSc students and is encouraged to also pursue a personal research program. The position can start anytime up
to fall 2018.
Candidates with a Master degree in astronomy, chemistry or physics and with an interest in astrochemistry are encouraged to apply.
Leiden Observatory carries out observational, interpretative and theoretical research in the fields of astrochemistry, star and planet formation, laboratory astrophysics, galactic structure, the formation, dynamics and evolution of (high-redshift) galaxies and their nuclei, and cosmology. Leiden is a charming town, located close to a major airport.
Applications should include a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of research experience and interests, and arrange for at least two letters of reference to be uploaded on the relevant website. Review of applications will start on November 1 2017.