Postdoctoral and PhD positions in multi-messenger astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, January 17, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, February 21, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Radboud University Nijmegen
Department Name: 
Department of Astrophysics/Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics
Job Announcement Text: 

We are seeking to fill several postdoctoral and PhD positions at the Department of Astronomy at Radboud University located in the city of Nijmegen the Netherlands. The successful candidates will be expected to work in areas related to our ongoing interests in multi-messenger astronomy and high energy astrophysics, including studies of gravitational wave EM counterparts, tidal disruption events, gamma-ray bursts and compact binaries. This work will be undertaken in collaboration with multiple academic staff members including Paul Groot, Peter Jonker, Andrew Levan and Gijs Nelemans, as well as within our extensive partnerships in the Netherlands and internationally.


Three to four postdoctoral positions are available. Two positions are part of the ERC project (PI Levan) “Transient Engine Driven Explosions” which are open immediately until 31 March 2022 (extension beyond this date will depend upon performance and availability of further funding). The other positions are aimed at (machine learning) analysis of transients in optical and X-rays.


We also invite applications for two PhD positions. PhD positions have a fixed 4-year duration in the Netherlands. One of these is focussed on the physics of compact object mergers in collaboration with Dr Samaya Nissanke (Amsterdam). The second is focussed on intensified collaboration with SRON, the Netherlands Institute for Space Research on the science fields relevant for the future Athena or LISA missions.


For our postdoctoral positions, applicants should hold (or be close to complete) a PhD in astrophysics (or related field). Experience in high energy astrophysics, multi-messenger astronomy or multi-messenger astronomy, from either an observational or theoretical perspective, is desirable.


For our PhD positions candidates should possess, or be in the process of obtaining a Masters degree in Physics, Astronomy or a closely related physics field, with interests in beginning research in the above areas. Research experience in astrophysics is desirable.


We are looking for candidates across a range of experience and background who can contribute to ongoing work in Nijmegen, and as part of broader collaborations with which we work. These collaborations are extensive. We are leading the BlackGEM array currently under deployment in Chile, which will be a significant resource in optical transient astronomy. We are members of the VIRGO collaboration and the pan-European ENGRAVE consortium, and we help run the Gaia Gravitational Wave Alerts system, as well as maintaining longer-term interests in the development of both LISA and Athena.

Applicants should send their applications electronically to the astrophysics secretariat (, including:

1. A cover letter

2. A 2-page CV 

3. If applicable, a publication list

4. If you are applying to one of the post-doc positions: A statement of your past research and your research plans (3 pages maximum)

5. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be e-mailed to


The deadline for receipt of these applications is 21 February 2020.


The Department of Astrophysics at Radboud University is part of the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP). The vibrant and international department consists of 11 faculty, about 15 postdocs and engineers, about 30 PhD students, and about 10 Master students. Research activities focus on high-energy astro(particle) physics, black holes, cosmic rays, gravitational waves, stellar and binary evolution, star clusters, and the stellar and interstellar Milky Way.

The Department of Astrophysics at Radboud University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such strongly encourage applications from scientists of under-represented groups.

Included Benefits: 

For postdoctoral positions the salary will be in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, and will range from 2,640 to 4,166 Euro (salary scale 10) gross per month based on candidate experience and a full-time appointment.

For PhD positions the salary will be in the range from 2325 to 2972 Euro per month. 

The Collective Labour Agreement (cao) for Dutch universities is applicable, which includes an additional year end and holiday bonus equivalent to approximately 16%. Applicants applying from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for favourable tax status under the 30% rule. 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 21, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, March 6, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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