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Postdoctoral position on fast radio transients

Radio Astronomy
Astronomy & Operations
20 January 2022

At ASTRON, we discover and study radio transients, both the prompt radio emission and the afterglows, to better understand highly-magnetised neutron stars, and binary neutron star coalescence. We do this in two programs. In CORTEX we focus on real-time studies of the dynamical Universe, through machine learning. In ARGO we aim to shed light on the astrophysics driving pulsars, Fast Radio Bursts, and GW afterglows.

We here invite applications for a:


Job description:

We are looking for a post-doc to join the ARGO/CORTEX theme and take a leadership role in its scientific exploitation.  This position has the potential to push forward the frontier of astrophysics. A background in radio astronomy is desirable, in time-domain and/or imaging. Experience with machine learning, digital signal processing is a plus. Candidates with a track record of research on FRBs, pulsars, or compact-object simulations and theory are especially encouraged to apply.

You will be a member of a team of about 8 staff, post-docs and students, led by Dr Joeri van Leeuwen, that design and run imaging and fast-transient surveys and projects on all major global radio facilities. Our general interests range from binary neutron-star evolution and gravitational-wave detection, to instrumentation and pulsar/fast transient searches.

Job requirements:

  • A PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related discipline;
  • Experience with radio astronomy (time-domain and/or imaging) and/or relevant theory;
  • Solid publication experience in refereed scientific journals;
  • Good planning and organizational skills;
  • Very good communications skills in English, and a team player.

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement Research Institutions.

We offer:

  • A position with leadership potential, in a cutting-edge astronomy team;
  • Time and support for the pursuit of own, independent research;
  • A pleasant and stimulating work environment with access to the world’s best observational and computational systems, and ample travel support for conferences, or work visits;
  • Flexible conditions of employment, tailored to your personal situation;
  • A fulltime appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of 2 years, extended to 3 years in case of good performance;
  • For full time (38 h/w), a gross monthly salary between € 3.161,- to € 4.789,- depending on experience, and 42 vacation days per year;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.33% of the gross annual salary, plus a solid pension scheme (ABP);
  • Generous relocation expenses and support with finding accommodation.

The organization:

ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, is located just outside Dwingeloo in Drenthe. Its mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen via the development of novel and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities, and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research. ASTRON hosts a vibrant research environment with strong technical expertise and influence in the new generation of emerging radio facilities. As the NL national radio astronomy institute, ASTRON also plays a leading role in several of the consortia contributing to the scientific and technical design of the SKA. ASTRON also currently hosts JIVE, the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC.

ARGO and CORTEX are funded by a Vici and NWA grant, respectively, from NWO, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. These consortia, led by van Leeuwen, include all Dutch astronomical institutes, with many top-rated groups in related fields of astrophysics, such as radio and x-ray pulsar timing, gravitational-wave detection, and high-energy astrophysics.


For more information about ASTRON look on our website For more information on the vacancy content, feel free to contact Dr. Joeri van Leeuwen, ARGO PI, e-mail: For more information about the vacancy procedure, please contact ASTRON HR, e-mail:


You can apply for this job by sending a curriculum vitae and a description of research interests, to ASTRON through on or before January 20, 2023. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to by the deadline. Interviews will take place early Feb 2023. Offers will be made mid February. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


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Marco Drost
Head Operations & Maintenance
The choice to work at ASTRON was one I could make immediate. I wanted to enjoy working in a high tech environment, but also have the opportunity to keep developing myself. The beautiful surroundings in which ASTRON is located, the Dwingelderveld, made my decision very easy.
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