Tenure Track Faculty Position in High-Energy and Extreme Astrophysics

Tenure Track Faculty Position in High-Energy and Extreme Astrophysics

Published Deadline Location
11 Oct 10 Jan Amsterdam

Job description

A tenure-track faculty position is available at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). We are looking for a candidate with a strong research program in high energy and extreme astrophysics. These research areas include, among others, cosmic explosions, studies of dense matter, and investigations into accretion onto and outflows from relativistic objects.

We encourage applications from candidates who can forge strong connections with the institute’s expanding data science profile, as well as those who possess the expertise in utilizing current and future observing facilities, such as the Extremely Large Telescope, Athena, the Square Kilometre Array, or the Cherenkov Telescope Array. In addition to a focus on experimental research, we also value candidates who excel in theoretical and modelling studies, enhancing our understanding of high-energy and extreme astrophysical processes. The new staff member is expected to play an active role in positioning the API within the Dutch and global data science communities and/or instrumentations programs, and to connect their research to other focus areas at the Anton Pannekoek Institute.

What you are going to do
You are expected:
  • to be active in the fundamental and/or applied research in the area of high-energy and extreme astrophysics, and publish in high-level international journals;
  • to present your work at leading conferences;
  • to build up a research group of internationally outstanding level;
  • to be active in the attraction of external funding;
  • to supervise students, including BSc, MSc, and PhD students, as well as Postdocs;
  • to teach astronomy-related courses at the BSc and MSc levels;
  • to actively contribute to departmental duties.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


  • A PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or physics;
  • The ability and willingness to teach and conduct research;
  • Demonstrable willingness to perform administrative and organizational tasks, and to build up a research group of internationally outstanding level.

Conditions of employment

The initial appointment is for 5 years, based on performance indicators agreed on at the start of the appointment, the tenure track will lead to a position as UHD2 in a period of maximally 5 years. A permanent contract at the UD1 level will be offered after a positive 3rd year evaluation.

The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and depending on experience and qualifications. It will range from a minimum €4.332to €5.929 gross per month (scale 11) based on full-time employment. The position comes with a standard API startup package.

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.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:
  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • Partly paid parental leave;
  • The possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • A pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • The possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • When currently living abroad, we will offer support in your immigration to the Netherlands, and this support also extends, if applicable, to your partner and family.

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


Faculty of Science

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 has a long tradition of excellence in astronomical research. Scientists at the institute have access to a wide variety of telescopes on the ground and in space, including ESO, ESA, SRON (the Dutch Space Research Organization http://www.sron.nl) and ASTRON (http://www.astron.nl) facilities. Science Park, where API is located, also hosts SURF, the Dutch National High Performance Computing centre. API astronomers can apply to national funding lines at the Dutch research organization NWO, and to European funding lines like the ERC grants and the Horizon Europe programs and networks. The UvA is part of the Dutch Top Research School NOVA (http://www.nova-astronomy.nl). In addition to that, the scientists at the UvA have established an interdisciplinary collaborative research and training program at the intersection of astrophysics, theoretical physics, particle/high-enery physics and cosmology organized through the GRavitation and AstroParticle Physics Amsterdam initiative (GRAPPA; https://www.grappa.amsterdam/).

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy 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 Anton Pannekoek Institute offers a complete undergraduate (BSc) and graduate (MSc, PhD) teaching program that focuses on integrating students in research early in their education. The candidates should be committed to contributing in innovative ways to the excellence of our teaching program.

The Anton Pannekoek Institute is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity; we particularly encourage applicants from groups that are underrepresented in the exact sciences, and who can enhance the diversity of backgrounds and ideas in our department.

Additional information

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact: Dr. Nathalie Degenaar, Associate professor, email: n.d.degenaar@uva.nl.

How to apply
Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 10 January 2024. 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:
  • Cover letter;
  • CV including a list of publications and a detailed overview of your education and work experience. Please mention months (and not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience;
  • Research statement (max 2 pages);
  • Teaching statement (max 1 pages);
  • List of 5 ‘most-proud’ achievements, with an explanation for each one, totalling at most 2 pages. Achievements may be in any relevant area, e.g., research, teaching, diversity, team building, software development, leadership, organisation, etc.;
  • Three letters of references. The letters of references should be sent by referees directly to Dr. Nathalie Degenaar (n.d.degenaar@uva.nl).

The deadline to submit applications is 10 January 2024. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

We anticipate inviting selected candidates for campus visits and interviews on March 4th, March 7th, March 8th, March 14th and March 15th 2024. We ask potential candidates to reserve those dates in their calendars.

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.

No agencies please.


  • Assistant professor
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 12109


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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