Scientific ICT Developers in Data- and Compute-Intensive Science

Scientific ICT Developers 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 up to 2 permanent positions 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 participate in, and help advance, research carried out at API in the subject areas of state-of-the-art simulation techniques, advanced statistics, novel modelling approaches, and integrated software development. The successful candidate will initiate, independently execute, and publish scientific research in consultation with the scientific staff at API.

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. Our research interests 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 be active in research in the area of data- and compute-intensive science related to the astronomical interests of API faculty;
  • to create, design, develop, and build data- and compute-intensive tools using various techniques to address questions related to scientific interests of API faculty;
  • to (co-)write research proposals;
  • to propose improvements for processes and possible enhancements;
  • to advise and support staff during use and application of the designed tools;
  • to actively contribute to departmental duties.

Depending on the background and expertise of the candidate, there is a possibility for a more senior level position in which the candidate would also be expected:
  • to be a pioneer in new techniques and introduce colleagues to the application of such techniques;
  • to be able to validate functionalities and specifications;
  • to coordinate and coach colleagues.


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 will be appreciated;
  • Evidence of enthusiasm to participate in teaching at the interface of computational science and astronomy;
  • Demonstrable willingness to perform administrative and organizational tasks.

Conditions of employment

The initial appointment is for 12 months, based on performance indicators, a permanent contract will be offered after a positive evaluation.

The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel; depending on experience and qualifications it will fall either in scale 10 or 11. It will range from a minimum €3,226 to €5,929 based on full-time employment.

This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. 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;
  • 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.

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 (, and ASTRON ( 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 (

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. Jacco Vink, email:, with the subject “API ICT hire”.

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 (if applicable) and work experience. Please mention months (and not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience;
  • Statement of past research and/or research interests (max 2 pages);
  • Optional is an overview of teaching experience and ideas (max 1 page);
  • Two letters of reference. The letters should be sent by referees directly to Dr. Jacco Vink (

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

We anticipate inviting selected candidates for campus visits and interviews on April 15th, April 17th, April 18th, April 19th and April 25th 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.


  • IT
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 12079


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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