Tenure Track Faculty Position in Data- and Compute-Intensive Science

Tenure Track Faculty Position in Data- and Compute-Intensive Science

Published Deadline Location
11 Oct 10 Jan Amsterdam

Job description

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in data- and compute-intensive astrophysics/astronomy.

This search is part of a team hire. The team’s goal is to raise the overall level of research and teaching in compute- and data-intensive astronomy in the institute and its partners. To this end, the team will develop its own excellent programme, and contribute its expertise to collaboration with colleagues, leading to joint research, teaching, and software development.

We are looking for creative and enthusiastic colleagues to develop and promote an ambitious research programme aimed at understanding fundamental mechanisms in their subject area through the application and development of large scientific dataset analysis, state-of-the-art simulation techniques, advanced statistics, novel modelling approaches, and integrated software development.

We are particularly interested in applicants applying advanced techniques to large experimental or observational data sets to answer fundamental research questions in any of APIs main research areas and strengthen the long-term research directions in data- and compute-intensive science. Potential research topics include gravitational-wave and multi-messenger astrophysics, radio astronomy, high-energy physics, stellar dynamics, accretion disks, stellar evolution, planet formation, spectroscopy of stellar and planetary atmospheres and imaging analysis. The candidate also can be embedded in the vibrant community of the UvA Data Science Center.

What you are going to do
You are expected:
  • to play a leading role in expanding interdisciplinary research activities in data- and compute-intensive science;
  • to play a significant role in reinforcing the links between research groups within UvA and among Dutch astronomical institutes;
  • to present your work at leading conferences;
  • to build up a research group of internationally outstanding level;
  • to be active in attracting external funding;
  • to contribute in innovative ways to the excellence of our teaching;
  • to supervise students, including BSc, MSc, and PhD students, as well as Postdocs;
  • to actively contribute to departmental duties.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


  • A PhD in astrophysics, physics, mathematics, or computer science (or a cognate discipline);
  • A strong record of relevant research in data- or compute-intensive science;
  • Evidence of enthusiasm and ability to teach at the interface of computational science and astronomy at both undergraduate and master’s degree level;
  • Demonstrable willingness to perform administrative and organizational tasks.

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 €4.332 to €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 at the UvA 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 with fast-track access possibilities. 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. API is part of the Dutch Top Research School NOVA (http://www.nova-astronomy.nl).

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

The Anton Pannekoek Institute and the faculty of science at the university of Amsterdam are committed to creating a safe working environment, 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. Oliver Porth, Associate professor, email: o.j.g.porth@uva.nl.

How to apply
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 page);
  • List of at most 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 and inclusion, team building, software development, leadership, organization, etc.;
  • Three letters of reference. The letters should be sent by referees directly to Dr. Oliver Porth (o.j.g.porth@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 April 4th, April 8th, April April 10th, April 11th and April 12th 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.

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

No agencies please.


  • Assistant professor
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 12108


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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Make sure to apply no later than 10 Jan 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).