PhD positions at the API

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) at the University of Amsterdam, invites applications 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 the common second language.

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

See here for more information about the research programmes of the API.

University of Amsterdam PhD students are fully-funded for four years and earn competitive salaries. The gross monthly salary starts at 2191 euro in the first year, gradually increasing to 2801 euro in the fourth year.  This is also topped up with an end of year bonus (one month salary) plus May holiday bonus (also close to one month salary). 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.

The currently available PhD projects are listed here - more projects will likely be added to this list closer to the recruitment date, as additional funding becomes available.  It is not necessary for applicants to express a preference for projects, but applicants with interests in specific areas are welcome to note this in the cover letter for their application. Note that all applications must be via our online system - please do not send application materials via email.

Applications should be submitted via this online form. Applicants will need to provide the following information:

1.  A cover letter (pdf format), which includes a brief statement of research interests and experience.

2.  Curriculum Vitae (pdf format).

3.  A transcript of university courses taken so far, with grades (pdf format).

4.  A copy of University degree diploma(s) (pdf format).  If you have not yet finished your Masters degree, it is sufficient to just submit the Bachelors diploma.  If you are doing an extended degree (equivalent to Bachelors plus Masters) and do not have any degree diploma yet, it is sufficient to submit a brief note explaining the situation (as a pdf), instead of the scanned diploma.  

5.  A copy of English proficiency test results may also be uploaded if available (pdf format).

6.  Details of at least two referees who can provide letters of reference, to be filled in the relevant boxes of the application form.

The successful candidates must have a MSc degree (or equivalent) by the starting date. Typically, the starting dates will be in Autumn 2017, but this is negotiable.

The applications and reference letters need to be submitted on or before November 24, 2016 Note that your referees will not be able to submit their references until they are requested to do so by the application system, so please ensure that you start your application process early (the system can request your references before the final submission of the application).

By early-January we will invite promising candidates for a presentation and interviews to be held on February 9 and 10, 2017.


Deadline: 24 November 2016