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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 students: 1 ESR vacancy and hiring !! 

One PhD student position in solid state astrochemistry and hiring !!
Within Dutch Astrochemistry Network.

Traineeships: several slots available
for the period February-July 2017

Postdocs: See position 3 and/or via grant applications

Please contact for more information.

You are looking for a PhD position ?
We have currently several PhD vacancies. These positions aim at a PhD thesis based on four years of laboratory research. 

Position 1 (in collaboration with Prof. Tielens): 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. 

Position 2: Photo chemical behavior of PAHs and PAH derivatives in interstellar ice analogues. / VACANCY FILLED 
A fully experimental position in which both optical and infrared spectroscopy is used to characterize the UV induced chemical behavior of PAHs, PAH cations and other derivatives in astronomically relevant ice matrices. The results are used to estimate the role PAHs play in solid state astrochemical processes and also allows to study the photo-stability of complex organic molecules. 
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) for positions 1 and 2 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.

Position 3 (in collaboration with Dr. Cuppen): Complex molecule formation upon non energetic processing of interstellar ices.
This position is a combined experimental/theoretical position in which atom addition reactions are used to form complex organic molecules under dense interstellar cloud conditions. The laboratory work is performed using SURFRESIDE2, an UHV setup equipped with different atomic and molecular deposition beam lines, using RAIRS and TPD as analytical tools. The laboratory results are linked to astrochemical models using kinetic Monte Carlo simulation programs.
The project is part of the Dutch Astrochemistry Network, a consortium of astronomy and chemistry groups within the Netherlands. Applications are open for everybody with expertise in experimental physics, physical chemistry or astronomical instrumentation. There are no further boundary conditions.

Position 4 (in collaboration with Dr. Hogerheijde): Photochemistry at the edge, linking laboratory and astronomical data in proto-planetary disks / VACANCY FILLED
This position is a combined experimental/observational position in which in the laboratory the photodesorption and photochemistry of interstellar ices is investigated, using two of our UHV setups (CRYOPAD2 and MATRI2CES). The data are linked to new observational projects with ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, benefitting from Alegro, the Dutch ALMA support center localized at Leiden Observatory. 
Applications are open for astronomers with a strong interest in laboratory based research or experimenal physicists or physical chemists with an above average interest in astronomy.

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


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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