Postdoctoral Position in Extragalactic Radio Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Leiden University
Department Name: 
Leiden Observatory
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral appointment in the low-frequency radio group at Leiden Observatory, Leiden University.

The successful applicant will be expected to actively engage in extragalactic radio studies carried out with LOFAR and other radio telescopes, and/or multi-wavelength follow-up (e.g., optical, X-rays). The applicant will contribute to the scientific exploitation of the data obtained from the ongoing LOFAR surveys and will join the broader international LOFAR Surveys Key Science Project, which is led from Leiden Observatory. Experience with low-frequency interferometric observations, calibration and imaging algorithms, and Python coding would be an advantage. For this position, we are particularly welcoming applicants who have expertise in high-resolution imaging at low radio frequencies to further develop subarcsecond widefield imaging with LOFAR. However, we will also consider highly qualified applicants with expertise in extragalactic science, AGN, and/or galaxy clusters.

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. The position is available as of 15 January 2024, but the start date is flexible. Applications should be submitted electronically here. 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 by the deadline. Questions may be directed to Dr. R. J. van Weeren ([email protected]) or Prof. H. J. A. Röttgering ([email protected]).

Leiden Observatory is the oldest university astronomy department in the world and is known for its top-tier observational and theoretical research. As the largest astronomy department in the Netherlands, Leiden Observatory is home to approximately 35 faculty and adjunct faculty members, 50 postdoctoral researchers, 80 Ph.D. students, 30 dedicated support staff, and over 100 MSc students. Leiden is a charming university town with an international orientation.


Included Benefits: 

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package that includes additional vacation (8%) and end-of-year (8.3%) bonuses, sick leave, maternity and parental leaves, and retirement benefits. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, please see Leiden University Employment.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 1, 2024
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
R. J. van Weeren/H. J. A. Rottgering