Postdoctoral position in exoplanet space-weather / radio astronomy

EXPERTISE
Radio Astronomy
SECTION
Astronomy & Operations
HOURS
40
CLOSING DATE
20 februari 2023

The successful candidate will join Dr. Vedantham’s group at ASTRON that is leading the exploitation of low frequency radio telescopes such as LOFAR to study stellar coronae and brown dwarf and exoplanet magnetospheres. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to strengthen and/or expand our nascent but growing group’s scientific footprint in this rapidly evolving field. The position is funded via Dr. Vedantham’s ERC Starting grant, titled STORMCHASER.

The ERC project is focussed on (a) detecting radio emission from exoplanets and the coldest brown dwarfs to study their magnetospheres and (b) detecting radio signatures of coronal mass ejections and energetic particle events from Sun-like stars. The niche expertise in our group is observational radio astronomy, especially at low frequencies, but we also carry out observations at other wavebands and engage in theory/modelling to interpret our data. The ideal candidate will either have (i) a strong background in radio astronomical techniques to strengthen the group or (ii) complementary expertise (e.g. theory, modelling, stellar/brown-dwarf spectroscopy) to augment the capabilities of the group by exploiting its radio-band discoveries.

The postdoctoral fellow will have access to pre-publication data from the ongoing LOFAR Two Metre Sky Survey (LoTSS), which is the largest sky survey by source density, to pursue stellar, brown dwarfs and exoplanet science. The position also comes with generous funds for travel and access to high performance computing resources funded via the ERC grant. Depending on the interests of the candidate, there will be opportunities to mentor PhD and Master’s student projects.

The position will be based at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy with a possibility to have a visiting appointment at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen. ASTRON has led the design and construction of the LOFAR telescope and is playing a leading role in the Square Kilometre Array project.

Job requirements:

  • A PhD degree in Physics, Astronomy or a related field.
  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and verbal).
  • Computer programming experience.
  • Proven research ability evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a research team.

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Netherlands Collective Labour Agreement Research Institutes.

We offer:

  • A fulltime 38 hours per week temporary appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of in total 2 years which will be extended for a total duration of three years based on good performance.
  • A gross monthly salary, on a full-time basis, in the range of € 3.161,- to € 4.789,- , depending on relevant experience.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.33% of the gross annual salary.
  • A solid pension scheme (ABP).
  • 42 vacation days per year on a full-time basis.
  • A pleasant and stimulating work environment.
  • Ample support for computing, conference travel and work visits.
  • Flexible conditions of employment, tailored to your personal situation.
  • Generous relocation expenses and support with finding accommodation

The organization:

ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, is located just outside Dwingeloo in the north of The Netherlands. 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.

Information:

More information about ASTRON can be found on our websites www.astron.nl and www.werkenbijastron.nl. For more information on the content of this vacancy, please contact dr. Harish Vedantham, Staff Astronomer, e-mail: vedantham@astron.nl or Joanne Jager, HR Officer, phone: +31 521 595 100 or e-mail: hr@astron.nl.

Reactions:

You can apply for this job before January 20, 2023 to receive full consideration. Applications must include a single PDF file containing (i) a one-page cover letter, (ii) an essay on the applicant’s research background and interests not exceeding two pages, (iii) a recent CV that must include a list of publications. In addition, applicants must arrange for reference letters from at least two researchers to be e-mailed to hr@astron.nl

We expect to conduct interviews begin Februari 2023 and make offers soon after.

Postdoctoral position in exoplanet space-weather / radio astronomy

EXPERTISE
Radio Astronomy
SECTION
Astronomy & Operations
HOURS
40
CLOSING DATE
20 februari 2023

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