Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, invites applications for the Radboud Excellence Fellowship. The fellowship is for a duration of 2 yrs and open to non-Dutch researchers based outside the Netherlands. The fellowship is for independent research in any of the excellence areas of the university, and in particular, for this call, any topic in astrophysics and astroparticle physics.
You will be integrated into the Department of Astrophysics, which is part of the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics. The vibrant department consists of 13 faculty, ~15 postdocs, ~25 PhD students. Our department works in the fields of supermassive and stellar-mass black holes, jets, compact binaries, optical and radio transients, gravitational-wave and radio astronomy, stellar and binary evolution, stellar clusters, Galactic structure and magnetic fields, cosmic-rays and astroparticle physics, and asteroseismology. We are part of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA), are a member of the Virgo collaboration for gravitational wave detections and the Pierre Auger Observatory for cosmic ray detections, have access to major (inter)national research facilities (ESO, ESA, LOFAR/WSRT, ING telescopes, etc.), as well to major computer facilities, either via a local cluster or national supercomputing facilities. We are the PI institute of the BlackGEM telescopes and BlackHoleCam on the Event Horizon Telescope.
The Radboud Excellence Fellowship is a university-wide initiative, where fellows are expected, apart from their own research, to actively engage in an interdisciplinary/cultural program with fellows in other departments. Radboud University appoints ~20 fellows per year. Applications consist of a three-page work plan, two letters of reference, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications where the applicant is to enclose a pdf-version of the two most relevant ones. You must hold a PhD in astronomy or physics, obtained between 2 and 8 years before the closing date of this call. Selection will commence on October 1, 2018 and will be a two-stage process. After an initial selection at the Department of Astrophysics the applications of the top candidates will be forwarded to the university-wide program. The selection committee is interdisciplinary (with no astronomers) so the research plan should be appealing to non-specialists.The first down select will take place before October 15, 2018. Selection by the university is expected in December.
Applications are to be sent, by email only and in PDF format, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject line: 'Excellence 2018'. Letters of reference can be included in the applications, or be sent directly by the referees, before the closing date, to the above submission email address. Information on the Radboud Excellence Initiative can be found at www.ru.nl/excellence.