The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen invites applications for PhD Positions. Positions are available in all the research areas in which the Institute is active. For a list of topics of actual interest see http://www.rug.nl/research/kapteyn/vacatures/
The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute is part of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) and is recognised world-wide for the quality of its research in multiple areas of astronomy. With 15 faculty and 50 PhD students, it is the second-largest astronomical institute in the Netherlands. Groningen, a historic town in the northern Netherlands, occupies a strategic place in Dutch astronomy, hosting both the Kapteyn Institute and the low-energy astrophysics division of the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON). The Kapteyn Institute
has a strong connection with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) in Dwingeloo, a European centre of radio astronomy research. Staff and PhD students at the Kapteyn Institute frequently collaborate with SRON and ASTRON scientists and engineers. There are also strong interdisciplinary connections with other institutes in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, such as computer science (JBI), engineering (ENTEG), and physics (VSI and ZIAM). English is the common language of the Institute.
We seek excellent students with strong backgrounds in the physical sciences who desire obtaining a PhD degree from a top European university. A successful candidate must hold a Masters degree or equivalent by the starting date of the position. Previous research experience and skills will be important criteria for the selection.
For most of the positions, PhD students are paid as civil servants, which means that they earn competitive salaries (the current annual gross salary, including allowances, increases from about EUR 28,000 in year 1 to about EUR 36,000 in year 4) and are eligible for both social security and retirement benefits. Some PhD scholarship positions will also be available. All PhD positions are funded for four years.
Detailed information on how to apply is given at http://www.rug.nl/research/kapteyn/vacatures/. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete applications received by December 1, 2017 will receive full consideration.