The Netherlands Research School for Astronomy, NOVA, is the alliance of the four university astronomy institutes in the Netherlands - in Amsterdam, Groningen, Leiden and Nijmegen. NOVA's mission is to carry-out front-line astronomical research, to train young astronomers at the highest international levels, and to share discoveries with society. For its instrumentation program, NOVA concentrates on projects related to the European Southern Observatory (ESO). It also supports a variety of other ground- and space-based projects. NOVA runs two instrumentation groups: the Optical-IR instrumentation group located at the ASTRON Institute in Dwingeloo and the ALMA submillimetre (submm) instrumentation group located at the University of Groningen.
The NOVA scientific director and executive director are jointly responsible for the day-to-day running of the research, instrumentation and outreach programme, preparation of policy and strategic issues for decision by the Board, contacts with the higher levels of the participating universities and government, external (international) institutes and agencies.
The NOVA board is seeking an Executive Director starting no later than summer 2019. The director will have proven experience with personnel, project and financial management, has relevant technical and/or astronomical experience, and good verbal and written communication skills. He/She thinks strategically and works effectively with his/her peers and decision makers in science, government and industry.
Further information about the position can be obtained from the members of the NOVA board (Gijs Nelemans, Huub Rottgering (chair), Scott Trager, Ralph Wijers) or the scientific director (Ewine van Dishoeck). For contact information, see http://nova-astronomy.nl/organisation/. Application forms are available at https://jobs.strw.leidenuniv.nl/2018/novadir/. Complete applications received by 15 February 2019 will receive full consideration.