PhD Program in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Leiden University

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Leiden University
Department Name: 
Leiden Observatory
Street Line 1: 
Postbus 9513
Job Announcement Text: 

Leiden Observatory invites applications for approximately twelve new PhD positions. The four-year PhD program consists mostly of research under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Positions are available in all the research areas in which the Observatory is active. These include cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, interstellar matter and star formation, stars and planetary systems, computational astrophysics, high energy astrophysics, laboratory astrophysics, astrochemistry, and instrumentation. More information about research at Leiden Observatory can be found at our website.

Leiden Observatory, founded in 1633, is the oldest university astronomy department in the world. With about 25 faculty, over 40 postdoctoral associates and about 75 PhD students it is the largest astronomy department in the Netherlands. Leiden is a charming university town with an international flair. Most Leiden researchers have an international background. English is the common language.

During their thesis, Leiden 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. PhD positions are funded for four years. Application forms and instructions are available here.

Applicants are requested to upload a curriculum vitae, a list of all university courses taken and transcripts of grades obtained, brief statements of research interests and experience, and the contact information for at least two referees. The successful candidates must have a MSc degree (or equivalent) by the starting date. The starting dates are negotiable. Complete applications received by December 1, 2021 will receive full consideration. The positions are open to candidates from all countries. The research will be carried out in the framework of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA). More information about the PhD program at Leiden Observatory can be found at

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$33000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$43000.00 (USD)
Hourly Rate Min: 
$18.00 (USD)
Hourly Rate Max: 
$24.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

Leiden University offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, disability  insurance, maternity and parental leave, and retirement benefits. Health care insurance amounts to approx. 100 euro/month/person (children are free).

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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