Postdoctoral Position in Planetary Dynamics and Atmospheres

Updated: 29 days ago
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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) at the University of Amsterdam Netherlands (UvA) to work with Assistant Professors Silvia Toonen and Antonija Oklopčić on dynamical and atmospheric evolution of exoplanets. The primary responsibility of the position is to lead research projects that connect the architectures and dynamical histories of planetary systems with the properties and evolution of their atmospheres. We seek a curiosity-driven researcher with an interest in interdisciplinary work and exploring as-yet untapped regimes of exoplanet studies. Candidates with a background in atmospheric and/or dynamical modeling are encouraged to apply, and we are also open to other areas of expertise within astrophysics.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop and pursue their own research program related to the described topics, as well as to contribute to existing research projects. In this position the PD will use, advance, and develop an array of numerical tools.

The successful applicant will join the vibrant and stimulating environment at API, with opportunities to collaborate with over 20 researchers in stellar astrophysics, astrochemistry, exoplanets, and planet formation. Furthermore, the University of Amsterdam has a developing profile in Origins of Life research, with opportunities to explore areas connected to astrobiology and biosignatures.

What are you going to do?

  • You will be a member of the research groups of Assistant Professors Antonija Oklopčić and Silvia Toonen which are located at the Astronomy Institute (API) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA);
  • You will devise a research plan, conduct research, and publish research results in the areas of planetary dynamics and atmospheric evolution;
  • You will collaborate with other faculty members, postdocs, and students in the “Exoplanets and Planet Formation” and “Massive Stars and Stellar Populations” groups at API;
  • You will advise and supervise research projects of Bsc, Msc, and PhD students;
  • You will write or assist in writing research proposals;
  • You will contribute to administrative/organizational tasks and to creating an open, safe and inclusive working environment.

Your profile  

  • A PhD degree in astrophysics or related field on arrival;
  • A committed researcher, demonstrated by publications in international refereed academic journals and academic publishers;
  • The ability and willingness to collaborate and adapt in a team;
  • Good communication skills in oral and written English.

Previous experience with dynamical modelling and/or atmospheric evolution is preferred but not required.

Our offer

We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 12 months, with a possible extension up to 24 months contingent on performance. The starting is negotiable, but the preferred starting date is 01 September 2024.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here .

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy  (API) furthers research, teaching and public understanding of astronomy. It conducts astronomical research and trains astronomers from bachelor to postdoctoral level, aiming at world-leading levels and activities.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

Antonija Oklopcic, Assistant professor, [email protected]

Silvia Toonen, Assistant professor, [email protected]

Job application

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 01 April 2024.

Applications should include the following information (all files including your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file ):

  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a list of publications;
  • a letter of motivation (up to 1 page);
  • a research statement, which describes past and current research and your scientific interests (up to 3 pages);
  • three letters of reference to be sent via email to [email protected]  and [email protected] .

A knowledge security check can be part of the selection procedure (for details: national knowledge security guidelines ).

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held in the course of May.


The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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