Postdoctoral Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence (AI) applied to Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Leiden University
South Holland
Job Announcement Text: 

Leiden Observatory and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) aim to appoint a 3-year postdoctoral fellow in Artificial Intelligence (AI) applied to Astronomy. The fellow will be expected to engage in collaborations between these two departments and to create new innovative opportunities for cross-disciplinary research in AI, as well as provide world-class training in AI at Leiden Observatory.

We seek candidates with a background in Artificial Intelligence and/or Computer Science, with a record in collaborative work, or a demonstrable interest, in the area of Astronomy. The successful candidate will have a strong involvement and/or interest in applying novel machine learning and data science techniques across Astronomy research and is expected to carry out ground breaking research in this field. They will have the unique opportunity to contribute to the fostering of cross-disciplinary collaborations between Leiden Observatory and LIACS and in strengthening the existing training programmes in AI. The successful applicant will have a PhD in Computer Science, or related field, and a strong record of publications in leading academic journals. The Leiden Observatory has a broad diversity of data collections, including simulation (time-series) data and observational data. The exact topic of the research is flexible, both in underlying AI technologies and in their applications in Astrophysics.

Leiden University is a lively world-class University in a charming town with easy connections to other European countries. 

The appointment will be at the level of postdoc based on the career level of the candidate. Salary ranges from € 2.836,- to € 4.474,- gross per month (pay scale 10), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Please submit your application no later than 15 January 2022 via

Please make sure that you attached a CV, a list of publications, a maximum 2-page research statement, and that you arrange for 2 references to be submitted by the same deadline.

Included Benefits: 

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Leiden University offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on pay-roll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with nearby universities of Delft and Rotterdam. More information can be found here.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Applicants from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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