A 3-yr postdoctoral fellowship is available at Leiden Observatory within the Molecular Astrophysics group, as part of a long-term program to study the physical and chemical evolution of star- and planet-forming regions through a combination of theory and observations. In addition to carrying out a personal research program, the successful candidate is expected to take a significant role in the Herschel-HIFI key program on "Water in Star-Forming Regions" and related Herschel programs. The appointment is initially for two years, with the possibility of renewal for another year. It can start anytime up to Fall 2011. Candidates with an observational and/or modeling background in astrochemistry, star formation, circumstellar disks or submillimeter spectroscopy are encouraged to apply.
Leiden Observatory carries out observational, interpretative and theoretical research in the fields of the star and planet formation, laboratory astrophysics, galactic structure, the formation and dynamics of (high-redshift) galaxies and their nuclei, and cosmology. Leiden is a charming university town, within easy reach of the major European centers.
Applicants should include a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of research experience and interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be uploaded on the website
http://jobs.strw.leidenuniv.nl/2011/dishoeckPD/. Review of applications will start on March 20 2011.
This is a civil servant position with standard benefits