PhD positions at the University of Amsterdam

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) at the University of Amsterdam invites applicants for PhD positions in astronomy and astrophysics. The positions are open to candidates from any country. The institute provides a stimulating, international environment in a city where English is a common language. Of our current PhD candidates, over 70% are international and over 40% are female.

PhD candidates execute a vigorous research program, under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Positions will be available in fields of research where the institute is active, including planet formation and exoplanets, stellar astrophysics, astrophysics of neutron stars and black holes, and the detection and characterization of radio counterparts of gravitational wave sources.

On our website you will find general information about doing a PhD at the API, research, and the available projects.


You must have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in physics, astronomy or a related subject, by the PhD starting date, which will typically be in Autumn 2024, but this is negotiable.

The University of Amsterdam is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize 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.

Application procedure:

Applications will be via online submission using the link below.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

University of Amsterdam PhD candidates are fully-funded for four years and earn competitive salaries. The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be € 2,770 to € 3,539 (scale P) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the 30% ruling, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable. Additional comprehensive benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity and parental leave and pension contribution. The mandatory Dutch health insurance is not included, but is very affordable (~100 euro per month). Relocation costs (within reason) will also be reimbursed.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Oct 11
Application Deadline
2023 Nov 08
Reference Code


API Secretariat