Netherlands: Postdoctoral Associate in High-Frequency Submm Astronomy/Atmospheric Research at Leiden University

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Job description

Leiden Observatory, part of the faculty of Science at Leiden University, is the oldest university astronomy department in the world and largest astronomy department in the Netherlands.  We are an internationally operating and leading institute for fundamental an groundbreaking research carried out by about 150 driven colleagues. Leiden Observatory is looking for a:

Vacancy number: 13-329

Allegro, the ALMA ARC node at Leiden University, invites applications for a postdoctoral or scientific research associate in support of its expertise area in the calibration of high-frequency/long-baseline ALMA data. The ALMA observatory in Chile is a sub-millimeter telescope array that operates at frequencies up to 950 GHz (0.3 mm) with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution. Correcting for atmospheric effects, such as the fluctuation of water vapor along the line-of-sight, is essential for reaching imaging specifications.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated applicant to work within the Allegro team on the characterization of atmospheric effects and the implementation of corrective measures. Up to 30% of time will be available for personal research.


  • PhD in Astronomy Atmospheric science, Physics or related field, or proven track record of relevant experience;
  • good working knowledge of Linux;
  • programming experience or familiarity with astronomical data reduction is a desirable;
  • ability to work as part of an international team;
  • ability to participate in extended research trips of several weeks.

Conditions of employment

The appointment will be for up to 5 years, depending on a positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility and  progress of the project. A starting date no later than July 2014 is preferred. The salary will be set, depending on education and work experience, between the gross minimum of €2.427,- and gross maximum of €3.831,- per month, based on fulltime employment (salary scale: 10). In addition, Leiden University offers an annual holiday premium of 8%, an end-of-year premium of 8.3%.

Leiden is a charming university town with international flair close to Amsterdam.


Leiden University

Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe’s foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

Additional information

For more information, please contact  Dr.R. Tilanus E-mail:
Additionally, you can check the websites of the Faculty of Science , the and  and Related URLs: Allegro,Leiden ObservatoryALMA.

Further information on employment at Leiden University can be found

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