Anton Pannekoek Institute
The Anton Pannekoek Instituut for Astronomy of the University of Amsterdam is a world leading institute in high-energy astrophysics with top-rated internationally-oriented research groups in accreting black holes and neutron stars and in gamma-ray burst research. In addition there are research groups excelling in ground-based observational techniques and the study of stars and stellar evolution, as well as planet formation. Our institute is also the seat of the Transients Key Project of the international Low-Frequency Radio Array which is currently being constructed in the Netherlands. Our institute has expertise with, and access to, international observational facilities across the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
The Anton Pannekoek Institute participates in the National Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) in the Netherlands. The institute has three full professors, approximately a dozen each of permanent research staff and postdocs, and about two dozen graduate students. Approximately half of our postdoc/student population is foreign, and thus English is the main language of our institute. Beyond the weekly colloquium and more informal pizza lunch seminar, there are several student-formed study groups, and many other social activities and interactions among the young people. We are located 20 minutes from downtown Amsterdam on the UvA Science Park campus, close to the informatics/computing technology center of the Netherlands.