PhD positions in astronomy and astrophysics

Faculty of Science – Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

4 oktober 2017
Master's degree
€2,222 to €2,840 gross per month
21 november 2017
38 hours per week

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) at the University of Amsterdam invites applicants for multiple PhD positions in astronomy and astrophysics. The positions are open to candidates from any country. The institute provides a stimulating, international environment in a city where English is a common language. Of our current PhD candidates, over 70% are foreign, and over 40% are female.

Project description

PhD candidates execute a vigorous research program, under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Positions will be available across a range of fields of research where the institute is active, including exoplanets, compact objects, stellar astrophysics and transients.

On our website you will find information about our research and the available projects.


​The successful candidates must have a MSc degree (or equivalent) in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or a related topic by the PhD starting date, which will typically be in Autumn 2018, but this is negotiable. 

Further information

For informal inquiries, please contact:


University of Amsterdam PhD candidates are fully-funded for four years (subject to an 18 month probation period) and earn competitive salaries. The salary will be in accordance with the University regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2,222 to €2,840 (salary scale P) gross per month, based on 38 hours per week. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus.

The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Additional comprehensive benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity and parental leave and pension contribution. The mandatory Dutch health insurance is not included but is very affordable (~100 euro per month). Relocation costs (within reason) will also be reimbursed.

Job application

We are an equal opportunity employer and greatly value the diverse nature of our institute. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Please apply using the link below. Applications (pdf files) must include:

  1. a curriculum vitae;
  2. a cover letter which includes a brief statement of research interests and experience;
  3. a transcript of all university courses taken and grades obtained and
  4. contact details of at least two (and up to three) referees. Referees will be contacted automatically, but applicants should check with their referees that their reference letters are uploaded before November 24 (i.e. within 2 days of the deadline).

Optionally (if they are available) scanned copies of diplomas (Bachelor's and Master's) may also be submitted (they may be combined, also with the grade transcripts, into a single pdf). Proof of English ability need not be submitted in your application, but may be asked for at a later stage.

Applications need to be submitted before 22 November 2017. By early January we will invite promising candidates for a presentation and interviews to be held on 15 and 16 February 2018. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

Gepubliceerd door  Universiteit van Amsterdam