PhD student position in planet formation at Radboud University in Nijmegen

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, June 25, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, August 6, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Radboud University Nijmegen
Department Name: 
Department of Astrophysics
Job Announcement Text: 

A PhD position is available in the area of the formation of planetary systems at the Astronomy Department of the Institute for Mathematics, Astronomy and Particle Physics (IMAPP), faculty FNWI of Radboud University. The project will focus on observational and modeling studies of gas and dust in planet forming disks that will be observed with the MIRI instrument on board of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). MIRI data will be available through Guaranteed Time Observation and General Observer programme teams. The student will collaborate within these international teams. 
The MIRI spectra will allow an unprecedented view on the physical and chemical conditions of gas-rich disks, by measurement of essential carbon- and oxygen bearing species, as well as the composition of the rock forming dust species. These observations will elucidate the conditions in the terrestrial planet forming disk region.  The JWST telescope is a 6.5 meter class space telescope built by NASA with significant contributions from ESA and CSA.
The Netherlands (NOVA) has contributed to the design and calibration of the Mid-InfraRed  Instrument MIRI. Launch of JWST is scheduled for fall 2021.

The Astronomy Department of  Radboud University offers a vibrant scientific environment, with 15 permanent staff members and about 30 PhD students. The Department research covers astro-particle physics, high energy astrophysics, stellar physics, stellar populations in galaxies, the interstellar medium, and planet formation/exoplanets. The Department has close ties to the Institute of Molecules and Materials (IMM) and FELIX, where staff is specialised in the chemistry of molecular clouds, and origin of life.

We invite applications from persons with a Master degree in astrophysics, physics, or chemistry, or equivalent. Applications will include a recent CV, a transcript of academic grades, and a research statement no longer than 2 pages, combined into one PDF. Two letters of recommendation are requested to be sent independently. Please have all material sent to the secretariat of the Astronomy Department, .   Appointments will be for a four year PhD contract, with an evaluation after the first 12 months of the appointment.

For further inquiries please contact Prof.Dr. Rens Waters ( or Prof. Dr. Inga Kamp (  The deadline for applications is August 15, 2021, or until the position is filled.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$2856.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$3650.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

Salaries and benefits are in accordance with the collective labour agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities, with a starting salary before taxes of 2395 Euro in year one, increasing to 3061 Euro in year 4. The Faculty of Science at Radboud University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such strongly encourages applications from women and minorities. Priority will be given to applicants from underrepresented groups in case of equal qualifications. University positions in the Netherlands include good medical and social benefits (including maternity and paternity leave and child care) plus holiday and end-of-year bonuses.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Astrophysics secretariat
Radboud Universiteit
Zip/Postal Code: 
6525 AJ
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Prof. Dr. Rens Waters or Inga Kamp
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