Vacancies - Prof Harold Linnartz and Sackler Laboratory for Astrophysics

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Join the team !
Are you looking for a PhD or Postdoc position in the field of experimental astrophysics/chemistry ? Then this is the right place to look.
PhD student: 1 ESR vacancy and hiring !! 

Traineeships: several slots available
for the period February-July 2018

Postdocs: See position 3 and/or via grant applications

We also have a vacancy (0.4 fte) for a lab technician.

Please contact for more information.

You are looking for a PhD position ?
We have currently one PhD vacancy. This position aims at a PhD thesis based on four years of laboratory research. 

Photodissociation dynamics of astronomically relevant PAHs.
A fully experimental position applying quadrupole ion-trap time-of-flight mass spectrometry with iPoP, our movable UHV instrument of Photodynamics of PAHs. iPoP is fully operational. Integral part of the project are measurement runs at FELIX, the Free electron facility in Nijmegen and at DESIRS, the UV beamline at the Synchrotron SOLEIL, close to Paris. The experimental data are analysed in close collaboration with an in house theory group and will be used to interpret astronomical data.
This project is part of a large European consortium (see with secondments in two parner groups and an intense personal skill development program. 

To qualify as an ESR (early stage researcher) you must:
• be in the first four years of your research career, since, for example, completion of your masters’ degree,
• have a background and expertise in experimental physics, physical chemistry or astronomical instrumentation,
• not already possess a doctorate degree,
• be willing to move to a country within the network in which you have not lived for more than 12 months over the last 3 years,
• be proficient in both written and spoken English.

You are looking for a Postdoc position ?
In this case different possibilities exist. Position 3 is also available as a 3 yrs postdoc position. It has been advertised in July 2017 and we take applications up to the first week of September.

This grant (250.000 Euro) allows 3 years of research, funded by NWO, on one of our experimental setups or as theoretical support for one of the running projects. This grant is particularly suited for persons with at least 1 or 2 years postdoctoral experience and with a strong (i.e., above average) scientific profile. The application is open for all nationalities. See for further details VENI application rounds take place once a year. Only very good and excellent research proposals are granted.

VENI applications are peer reviewed and candidates have an opportunity to comment to the referee reports. A jury judges whether candidates are invited to present their work for the commission that decides which proprosals are granted. Early Januari.

This grant (800.000 Euro) allows 5 years of research, funded by NWO. This grant aims at young researchers with typicall several years of experience, and with a very strong (i.e., excellent) scientific profile. Only the top 15% proposals are granted. The application is open for all nationalities. VIDI rounds take place once a year. Next submission date will be in early October

VIDI applications are peer reviewed and candidates typically apply for a PhD student and postdoc, as well as finances in support of the proposed research. VIDI grants are ideal to start an own research direction.

Other possibilities may exist through EU exchange programs.

For persons from (associated) EU member states as well as from outside Europe Marie Curie individual fellowships are supported. The selection procedure takes place typically once a year and is based on a proposal describing science project, training activities, as well as impact and implementation of the proposed research. A post-doc can apply for a maximum of two years of full support. Besides a generous salary, substantial means become available for travel and to participate in meetings, workshops and training events. More information is available from

The applicant is expected to write a detailed (and rather long) application focusing on research and training program. A small number of experts in the field judges the applications on a number of aspects (far beyond the science part). The upcoming submission date is late summer 2017

You are looking for a position as laboratory technician ?
We are hiring for 2 days / week a lab technician who will be responsible to take care of the laboratory infrastructure. We are looking for a person with a technical background, a lot of hands-on experience, with a great affinity to technical equipment. 


Once every second year the Greenberg foundation offers to a PhD student from a developing country the possibility of staying 9 months in the Sackler laboratory. When you feel your background fits this fellowship, simply contact us and the Greenberg selection committee will consider your application.

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