Vacancies - Prof Harold Linnartz and Sackler Laboratory for Astrophysics

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Are you looking for a PhD or Postdoc position in the field of experimental astrophysics/chemistry ? Then this is the right place to look.


Currently (01.10.2018) we have one vacancy for a (4 yrs) PhD student project on PAH photodissociation and one vacancy for a 3 yrs postdoc in high resolution IR spectroscopy. Other options also exist for postdocs through external grant applications. 

When you want to apply, we need a short motivation letter, a scientific CV and the names of two persons we can contact to provide a letter of recommendation. Please send your application to and These are also the addresses to use when you require 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. 

PhD student Photodynamics of astronomically relevant PAHs
The project entails a combined experimental and computational study of chemical reactions that lead to complex organic molecules under interstellar conditions. The main goal is to supply isomer specific identifications and branching information that are crucial for astrochemical modeling and to gain fundamental insight into the reaction mechanisms at play. To achieve this, chemical reactions will be characterized by means of an imaging photoelectron photoion coincidence spectrometer connected to a synchrotron and supplementary quantum chemical computations will be performed. The research will be performed in close collaboration with beamline scientists (Drs. Bodi & Hemberger) at the Vacuum Ultraviolet Beamline of the Swiss Light Source at Paul Sherrer Institute and frequent visits to the synchrotron facility are integral part of the project.

To qualify for this position, you have a completed Masters in experimental physics, physical chemistry or astronomical instrumentation and you are open to spend part of your time on interpreting astronomical observations obtained within the framework ouf our 'Ice Age' consortium.

Candidates with a background in (physical) chemistry and strong affinity with astronomy/astrochemistry are strongly encouraged to apply. Basic knowledge in the direction of quantum chemical computations is beneficial. 

The PhD student will be appointed at the Sackler Laboratory for Astrophysics ( at Leiden University. The research project will be conducted under supervision of Dr. Jordy Bouwman ( within a Vidi program that is fully funded by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research.

For applications, please send a cover letter, a resume and email addresses of two references to Dr. Jordy Bouwman (

You are looking for a Postdoc position ?
We have one 2 yrs vacancy in the field of high resolution infrared spectroscopy of molecular radicals of interstellar interest. We are looking for a person with experience in experimental high resolution work (cw crds ?) and ample experience with the analysis of complex spectra, e.g. using PGopher. This project extends on a successful research line and involves the use of a fully operational system.

In the case your expertise is on different topics than described in these two vacancies, consider one out of the following possibilities. 

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. Within the new VIDI regulations (starting 2018), a so called 'embeddings-garantie' is needed, i.e., only candidates who qualify for a tenure track position are eligible to apply.

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 submission dates are always around the second week of September. When you are interested, contact us at least 4 months in advance.

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. This position will be combined with a 2 days / week position in the group of Prof. M. Koper, resulting in an 0.8 fte position. We are looking for a person with a technical background, a lot of hands-on experience, with a great affinity to technical equipment. The formal advertisement is listed on the website of the Faculty.


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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