Postdoctoral position on neutral hydrogen in nearby galaxies

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Archive Date: 
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Institution/Company: 
ASTRON, the Netherlands institute for Radio Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
City: 
Dwingeloo
State/Province: 
Drenthe
Zip/Postal: 
7991 PD
Country: 
Netherlands
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

MeerGas is a project to study how galaxies acquire their neutral hydrogen gas. Using the new MeerKAT radio synthesis telescope in South Africa, we are obtaining ultra-deep observations of the neutral hydrogen in 30 nearby galaxies (as part of the MeerKAT MHONGOOSE Large Science Project). We will use these to find and characterise signs of low-column density gas accreting onto these galaxies. MeerGas is funded by the European Research Council.

To build the MeerGas team, here we invite applications for a

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION ON NEUTRAL HYDROGEN IN NEARBY GALAXIES

Job description:

As part of the MeerGas team, you will help with acquiring, reducing and analyzing the MeerKAT MHONGOOSE radio data. You will help expand the capabilities of the data reduction and analysis pipelines. You will explore novel techniques to explore this unique MeerKAT data set, also through participation in the ASTRON Science Data Centre. You will lead one of the science projects within MeerGas with the ultimate goal to determine the nature of cold gas accretion in galaxies.

You will be part of and help build a team consisting of a number of postdocs and students. You will collaborate with the MHONGOOSE team, consisting of many international experts on spectral-line and multi-wavelength observations. You will also work with the MeerKAT team in South Africa. The position will be full-time (38 hours per week). ASTRON is committed to increasing its staff diversity, and we are especially interested in applications from women and other traditionally under-represented groups.

Job requirements:

  • A PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related discipline
  • A solid background in radio astronomy spectral line imaging
  • Experience with software for radio astronomy
  • Solid publication experience in refereed scientific journals
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Very good communications skills in English
  • A team player
  • A joyful motivation for scientific discovery

We offer:

  • An initial contract for two years, plus a one-year extension given good performance
  • A pleasant and stimulating work environment
  • Ample support for computing, conference travel and work visits
  • A generous package of benefits including collective health insurance, pension accrual, and several weeks of annual paid vacation
  • Flexible conditions of employment, tailored to your personal situation
  • Generous relocation expenses and support with finding accommodation

The organization:

ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, is located just outside Dwingeloo in the north of The Netherlands. Its mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen via the development of novel and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities, and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research.

MeerGas is funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant.

Information:

More information about ASTRON can be found on our websites www.astron.nl and www.jobsatastron.nl. For more information about this vacancy please contact Erika Timmerman, phone: +31 521 595 100 or e-mail: personnel@astron.nl. For more information on the content of this vacancy, please contact Erwin de Blok, MeerGas and MHONGOOSE PI, e-mail: blok@astron.nl. More information on the MHONGOOSE survey can be found at mhongoose.astron.nl.

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You can apply for this job at www.jobsatastron.nl on or before October 1, 2020. Applications should include an introduction letter, curriculum vitae, and a description of research interests. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to personnel@astron.nl. Interviews, remote and/or in person, will be scheduled in late October / early November

Included Benefits: 
  • Ample support for computing, conference travel and work visits
  • A generous package of benefits including collective health insurance, pension accrual, and several weeks of annual paid vacation
  • Flexible conditions of employment, tailored to your personal situation
  • Generous relocation expenses and support with finding accommodation
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Erika Timmerman
Title: 
HR officer
Institution/Company: 
ASTRON, the Netherlands institute for Radio Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
City: 
Dwingeloo
State/Province: 
Drenthe
Zip/Postal Code: 
7991 PD
Country: 
Netherlands
Phone: 
0521595100
Email: 
personnel@astron.nl
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
ASTRON, the Netherlands institute for Radio Astronomy
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Prof.Dr. Erwin de Blok
Email: 
blok@astron.nl