Tenure Track faculty position in Exoplanets

Tenure Track faculty position in Exoplanets

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30 Nov 22 Jan Amsterdam

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Job description

A tenure-track position in Exoplanets is available at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). We are looking for a candidate with an exceptionally strong research program in the areas of extrasolar planets, exoplanet host stars, planetary formation and evolution. Experts in observations, theory/simulation, and instrumentations are encouraged to apply.

We particularly encourage applications from prospective faculty who can enhance the diversity of backgrounds and ideas in our group. The API Department is committed to diversity in all its forms, and is committed to be inclusive. We particularly encourage applications from prospective faculty who can enhance the diversity of backgrounds and ideas in our group.

What are you going to do?

You are expected:

  • to be active in the fundamental and/or applied research of our Origins group, publishing in high level international journals;
  • to present your work at leading conferences;
  • willing 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 as well as postdocs;
  • to teach Astronomy related coursed at the BSc and MSc levels;
  • to actively contribute to departmental duties.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


What do we require?

  • A PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or planetary science;
  • an affinity with the fields of astronomy and exoplanets;
  • the ability and willingness to teach and conduct research;
  • demonstrable willingness to perform administrative, organizational tasks, and to build up a research group of internationally outstanding level.

Conditions of employment

Our offer

The initial appointment will be for a period of six years. Based on performance indicators agreed on at the start of the appointment, a tenure track position will lead to a tenured position in a period of maximally 5 years. In the fifth year of the appointment the tenure decision will be taken.

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 €3,746 to €5,127 (scale 11) gross per month (salary scale) based on full-time employment.

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.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.


University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.  

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Faculty of Science - Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

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 for Astronomy (API) is currently in the process of strengthening its group in exoplanetary research. This institute has a long tradition of excellence in astronomical research, including a program on star and planet formation. Scientists at API have access to a wide variety of telescopes on the ground and in space, including ESO, ESA and SRON (the Dutch Space Research Organization http://www.sron.nl) facilities, as well as to national funding lines at the Dutch research organization NWO, and to European funding lines like ERC grants and FP7 programs and networks. UvA is part of the Dutch Top Research School NOVA (http://www.nova-astronomy.nl). In addition, scientists at UvA have set an interdisciplinary collaborative research and training program on the origins and fundamental aspects of life, as part of the national Origin Center.

Four postdocs will conduct research within this initiative starting in 2021.

The API department offers a complete undergraduate (BSc) and graduate (MSc, PhD) teaching program that focuses on integrating students in research early in their education. You should be committed to contribute in innovative ways to the excellence of our teaching program.


  • Assistant professor
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3746—€5127 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 20-732


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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