PhD Positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics

University of Amsterdam
November 11, 2022
Offerd Salary:€ 2,541
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PhD Positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Faculty/Services: Faculty of Science

Educational level: Master

Function type: Academic Staff

Closing date: 11 November 2022

Vacancy number: 10433

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) at the University of Amsterdam invites applicants for 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 international and over 40% are female.

What are you going to do?

You execute a vigorous research program, under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Positions will be available in fields of research where the institute is active, including planet formation and exoplanets, stellar astrophysics, astrophysics of neutron stars and black holes, and the detection and characterization of radio counterparts of gravitational wave sources.

On our website you will find general information about doing a PhD at the API, our research and the available projects.

What do we require?

You must have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in physics, astronomy or a related subject, by the PhD starting date, which will typically be in Autumn 2023, but this is negotiable.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be € 2,541 to € 3,247 (scale P) 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.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact: the API Secretariat and email api-phd-

About the Faculty of Science and the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

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 Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (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 levels and activities.


"The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity."

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 11 November 2022. You can apply online by using the link below.

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 CV; Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a transcript of all university courses taken and grades obtained; If you have not yet finished your Master's degree, a list of grades received to date is sufficient (official transcripts preferred if available from your University, but not required);

  • a cover letter which includes a brief statement of research interests and experience;

  • contact details of at least two referees.
  • Applications need to be submitted on or before 11 November 2022. We will be contacting only shortlisted candidates in early December to request their reference letters to be sent to us via email. Reference letters cannot be uploaded via the application system. The deadline for receiving the reference letters is 7 December 2022.

    We will invite potential candidates for interviews on 13 February 2023 and 14 February 2023.

    The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

    If you encounter Error GBB451/ GBC451, reach out to our HR Department directly. They will gladly help you continue your application.

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