Postdoctoral researcher in Exoplanetary Sciences

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam to work with assistant professor Jean-Michel Desert on the observational characterization of exoplanets. The primary responsibilities ...

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam to work with assistant professor Jean-Michel Desert on the observational characterization of exoplanets. The primary responsibilities of the position are to lead research projects in the area of exoplanet science. Researchers working in the areas of observation, theory, or instrumentation are invited to apply.

The successful applicant will contribute to several current research programs using space-and-ground based surveys dedicated to probing exoplanet atmospheres. The programs include Space and ground-based observations, which will be used to determine the atmospheric composition, structure and dynamics of exoplanets, and preparation to JWST observations.

The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to join existing projects and will also be encouraged to develop and pursue their own research program.


Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, physics, or planetary science on arrival.

Previous experience with exoplanet observations is preferred but not required.


The appointment is intended for an initial period of two years, with renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory progress. The starting date for the position is negotiable, but can be between fall 2017 and summer 2018.

The salary will be in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2,588 to €4,084 (salary scale 10) gross per month. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

The position comes with ample funding for travel and computers and there are opportunities to supervise Master's and Bachelor's research projects.

Additional information

For informal inquiries you may contact:

Applications for this position may only be submitted by sending your application via:

Your application should include a:

  • cover letter;
  • current CV (please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience), and a list of publications;
  • brief (up to 3 page) research statement of your scientific interests and how you would specifically contribute to the research program on exoplanets.

Also please arrange for 3 letters of references (PDFs) to be emailed to

Complete applications received before 1 November 2017 will receive full consideration.


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

The Anton Pannekoek Institute (API) furthers research, teaching, and public understanding of astronomy. It conducts astronomical research and trains astronomers from bachelor to postdoctoral level, aiming at world-leading level in its activities.


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