Leiden Observatory invites applications for approximately ten new PhD
The four-year PhD program consists mostly of research under the supervision
of one or more faculty members. Positions are available in all the research
areas in which the Observatory is active. These include cosmology, galaxy
formation and evolution, interstellar matter and star formation, stars and
planetary systems, computational astrophysics, high energy astrophysics,
laboratory astrophysics, astrochemistry, and instrumentation. More
information about research at Leiden Observatory can be found
Leiden Observatory, founded in 1633, is the oldest university astronomy
department in the world. With about 25 faculty, over 40 postdoctoral
associates and about 65 PhD students it is the largest astronomy department
in the Netherlands. Leiden is a charming university town with an
international flair. Most Leiden researchers have an international
background. English is the common language.
During their thesis, Leiden PhD students are paid as civil servants, which
means that they earn competitive salaries (the current annual gross salary,
including allowances, increases from about EUR 28,000 in year 1 to about
EUR 36,000 in year 4) and are eligible for both social security and
retirement benefits. PhD positions are funded for four years.
Application forms and instructions are available
at http://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl/phd/ Applicants are requested to upload
a curriculum vitae, a list of all
university courses taken and transcripts of grades obtained, brief
statements of research interests and experience, and the contact
information for at least two referees.
The successful candidates must have a MSc degree (or equivalent) by the
starting date. The starting dates are negotiable.
Complete applications received by December 15, 2013 will receive full
The positions are open to candidates from all countries. The research will
be carried out in the framework of the Netherlands Research School for
Astronomy (NOVA). More information about the PhD program at Leiden
Observatory can be found at http://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl/phd/.
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