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PhD positions in astronomy and astrophysics

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 ...

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Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


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.

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.


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.

Additional information

For informal inquiries, please contact:

Please apply using this link. 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 or on 21 November 2017. By early January we will invite promising candidates for a presentation and interviews to be held on 15 and16 February 2018.


With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad. The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

Research at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy addresses some of the major questions of astronomy: what is the nature of space and time? Are we alone? What is our cosmic origins? How are the most energetic explosions and particles in the universe powered? How did the Sun and Earth form? At the institute we focus on specific techniques and objects that we deem promising avenues for finding answers to the big questions.

Our research is interlinked with the strategy of Dutch Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) and with international astronomy roadmaps. Because of that we have access to leading observatories and excellent computing facilities. That is necessary to handle the observational data flows and to do the extensive theoretical and modeling work.

Given the fast pace of present-day astronomy, our primary strategy to maintain high quality is the adage 'Top astronomy = top people + top instrumentation'. We are successful in attracting agile, excellent staff by providing them with colleagues of the same calibre and access to top facilities.