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UvA Postdoctoral position in Astrophysics, Astrochemistry, Chemistry, Atmospheric studies

The Netherlands, University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API), at the University of Amsterdam Netherlands (UvA) to work in Associate Prof. Jean-Michel Désert’s group on the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres. The primary responsibilities of the position are to lead research projects in the area of exoplanet atmospheres. Researchers working in the areas of observations or theory are invited to apply.

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: 2,836 to 4,474 Euro/Month

Faculty of Science
Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy
University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Amsterdam, ,

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Qualification Details

  • An PhD degree in astrophysics, astrochemistry, chemistry, atmospheric studies, geosciences or related sciences would be preferred;
  • Ability to collaborate and adapt in an interdisciplinary team (interface between astrophysics, atmospheric physics, and chemistry);
  • Good communication skills in oral and written English.

Responsibilities/Job Description

You will be a member of a research group of Associate Professor Jean-Michel Désert that is located at the Astronomy Institute (API) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA);

  • You will work at the Anton Pannekoek Institute (API) in close collaboration with Jean-Michel Désert and his team on the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres;
  • You will join the NWO-VIDI grant project entitled “New Frontiers in Exoplanetary Climatology”;
  • You will conduct research with faculty members, postdocs, Master and PhD students;
  • You will work with observations and models for exoplanet atmospheres;
  • You will be part of a stimulating and challenging environment.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Please combine all documents into a single PDF file and submit using the CV upload box in the application form. Applications in .pdf should include:

  • A motivation letter and CV; please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience;
  • A list of publications, past research and research proposal (about a couple of pages each);
  • Three letters of references. The letters of references should be sent directly to Jean-Michel Désert (; the deadline for receiving the reference letters is 8 December 2021.
  • For further enquiries contact the chair of the search committee: Jean-Michel Désert (

About the Project/Department

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The FNWI offers a complete undergraduate (BSc) and graduate (MSc, PhD) teaching program in various disciplines that focuses on integrating students in research early in their education. The applicant should be committed to contribute in innovative ways to the excellence of our teaching programs, and to foster the connections between science and research.

Scientists at FNWI have access to a wide variety of national funding lines at the Dutch research organization NWO, and to European funding lines like ERC grants and FP7 programs and networks. Scientists at UvA have set an interdisciplinary collaborative research and training program on the origins and fundamental aspects of life, as part of the national Origin Center ( UvA is also part of the National Astronomy Education Committee NOVA (, the Dutch Top Research School. In this context, the department of Astronomy (the Anton Pannekoek Institute, API) has a long tradition of excellence in astronomical research, including a program on star and planet formation, and exoplanets; it is currently in the process of strengthening its group in origins research.

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy furthers research, teaching and public understanding of astronomy. It conducts astronomical research and trains astronomers from bachelor to postdoctoral level, aiming at world-leading levels and activities.

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Note or Other details

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 September 2022. The appointment is intended for an initial period of one year, with the possibility for renewal for two more years depending on performance. The starting date can be negotiated depending on the situation, but before September 2022 would be preferred.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be  € 2,836 to € 4,474 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

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Contact details

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact: Jean-Michel Désert (

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