Postdoctoral position on Neutral Hydrogen in Nearby Galaxies

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
ASTRON, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy
Astronomy & Operations
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)


Job Description

The successful candidate will join Prof. Dr. Erwin de Blok’s ERC Advanced Grant MeerGas group at ASTRON that is focused on acquiring, reducing and analyzing the MeerKAT MHONGOOSE radio survey data. You will explore novel techniques to explore this unique MeerKAT data set of ultra-deep neutral hydrogen radio observations of nearby galaxies and you will lead one of the science projects within the survey with the ultimate goal to determine the nature of cold gas accretion in galaxies. You will collaborate with the MHONGOOSE survey team, consisting of many international experts on spectral-line and multi-wavelength observations. The position will be based at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy.

Job requirements:

  • A PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related discipline;
  • A solid background in radio astronomy spectral line imaging;
  • Experience with software for radio astronomy;
  • Solid publication experience in refereed scientific journals;
  • Good planning and organizational skills;
  • Very good communications skills in English;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

We offer:

  • A full-time (38 hours/week) temporary appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of two years which will be extended for a total duration of three years (2+1) based on good performance and funding availability.
  • A gross monthly salary, on a full-time basis, in the range of €3.241,- to €4.679,-, depending on relevant experience.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.33% of the gross annual salary.
  • A solid pension scheme (ABP).
  • 42 vacation days per year on a full-time basis.
  • A pleasant and stimulating work environment.
  • Ample support for computing, conference travel and work visits.
  • Flexible conditions of employment, tailored to your personal situation.

NWO institutes such as ASTRON strive for a diverse workforce: we want to develop talent and creativity by bringing together people from different backgrounds and cultures. We recruit and select based on competencies and talents. Therefore, we encourage anyone who identifies with the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, orientation or disability, to respond.

The organisation

ASTRON is located near Dwingeloo, the Netherlands. Its mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen via the development of novel and innovative technologies and through the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities. ASTRON hosts a vibrant research environment with strong technical expertise and influence in the new generation of emerging radio facilities. As the Netherlands national radio astronomy institute, ASTRON also plays a leading role in several of the consortia contributing to the scientific and technical design of the SKA.


More information about ASTRON can be found on our website For more information on the content of this vacancy, please contact Prof. Dr. Erwin de Blok, at [email protected]. For information on the MHONGOOSE survey see For more information on vacancy procedure, please contact ASTRON HR at [email protected].


You can apply for this job before April 30, 2024 to receive full consideration via website of ASTRON. Applications must include a single PDF file containing:

  1. A two-page cover letter addressing the essential criteria and expectations of meeting the listed duties of the job,
  2. A research statement on the applicant’s research background (a half-page) and potential research direction they would undertake at ASTRON (not exceeding two pages in total),
  3. A recent CV that includes a list of publications.
  4. Applicants must arrange for two reference letters from researchers to be e-mailed to [email protected] by the deadline of the advertisement.

We expect to conduct interviews in May 2024 and make offers soon after.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Feb 28
Application Deadline
2024 Apr 30


Dr. Erwin de Blok