Postdoctoral research associate position in high-contrast imaging

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
Leiden University
Department Name: 
Leiden Observatory
Street Line 1: 
Niels Bohrweg 2
City: 
Leiden
State/Province: 
Zuid-Holland
Zip/Postal: 
2333CA
Country: 
Netherlands
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate position in high-contrast imaging at the Leiden Observatory Astronomical Instrumentation group. The applicant will work together with Dr. Sebastiaan Haffert on the development of technology for high-contrast imaging instruments for the Extremely Large Telescopes. We are searching for applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas: high-contrast imaging, adaptive optics, and instrument design. Applicants should demonstrate a proven research track record, be an enthusiastic communicator capable of working effectively both independently and as part of a research team and will have excellent interpersonal skills. The candidate will possess very good planning and time management skills to ensure their research objectives are achieved effectively.

The applicant will work together with Dr. Haffert to set up an extreme adaptive optics testbed at Leiden Observatory to test a variety of new instruments as part of a NOVA-wide program, involving three other universities and the NOVA laboratories. The precise instrument project will depend on the applicants’ interest. The astronomical instrumentation group is planning to expand over the next several years using a recently awarded NWO roadmap grant. The instrumentation group at Leiden Observatory is also involved in many different high-contrast imaging instruments such as VLT/SPHERE, ELT/METIS, ELT/PCS, Magellan/MagAO-X and GMT/GMagAO-X.

The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility for a further one-year extension subject to a review during the second year. The position comes with a competitive salary and full benefits. Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics before the start date of their appointment.

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision 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. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research.

Applications should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.strw.leidenuniv.nl/2023/SnellenPD

We will start reviewing applications on Dec 15 and welcome new applications until the position is filled. A complete application includes a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a two-page statement of research experience and interests. In addition, applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be uploaded to the same link.

Included Benefits: 

The position comes with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity and parental leave, and social security and retirement benefits. Medical insurance is compulsory but not included and comes to 100-120 euro/person/month.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 15, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Sebastiaan Haffert
Title: 
Dr
Institution/Company: 
Leiden University
Department Name: 
leiden Observatory
Street Line 1: 
Niels Bohrweg 2
City: 
Leiden
State/Province: 
Zuid-Holland
Zip/Postal Code: 
2333CA
Country: 
Netherlands
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Sebastiaan Haffert
Subject: 
Postdoc position in HCI