Faculty Position in Molecular Astrophysics at Leiden Observatory

Leiden Observatory (Leiden University, the Netherlands) aims to build on existing excellence in molecular astrophysics through strengthening its faculty in this area. We are looking for outstanding candidates who can connect observations, theory, and laboratory work to carry out breakthrough research in Galactic or extragalactic astrophysics.

Candidates should have an excellent track record, a strong vision for future research, and demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary research and education.

Candidates should possess a PhD in a relevant field such as astronomy, chemistry or physics. Candidates are encouraged to identify collaborative opportunities with scientists at Leiden Observatory and other departments of Leiden University, and to outline how available local, national, and international facilities will be exploited.

Candidates are invited to describe their vision on teaching in an international and diverse learning environment, and how they plan to contribute to research-driven education at Leiden University.

Application forms and instructions are available at


Applicants are requested to upload a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and experience, and the contact information for at least three reference letters. Complete applications received by 10 January 2019 will receive full consideration.

The positions are open to candidates from all countries.
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and we strongly encourage applications from individuals who add to diversity and inclusiveness at Leiden Observatory.

Additional information on Leiden Observatory can be found at http://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl

Information about Leiden University, including information on working and living conditions and benefits, can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en and https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/human-resources/new-staff?cf=science

Included Benefits:
The position comes with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity andparental leave, and social security and retirement benefits.

For additional information, please contact the chairman of the search committee

Prof. dr. M. Hogerheijde by email:

Prof. dr. H.V.J. Linnartz

Director Laboratory for Astrophysics
Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, the Netherlands

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