Postdoctoral Positions in Exoplanet Studies at Leiden Observatory and SRON

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Sterrewacht Leiden
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Postdoctoral positions are available within the Exoplanet group led by Dr. Yamila Miguel at Leiden Observatory and The Netherlands Institute of Space Research. These positions are funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant N-GINE and the NWO Open Competition Grant. The research focus will be on the interiors, evolution, and atmospheres of giant exoplanets (transiting and direct imaging planets), integrating both theoretical and observational perspectives. Candidates with expertise in the modelling of interiors and evolution, or in the observation/modelling of exoplanet atmospheres, are particularly encouraged to apply.

The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility for a further one-year extension subject to a review during the second year. The position comes with a competitive salary and full benefits. Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics.

Leiden Observatory and SRON are renowned institutions with vibrant academic environments, engaged in world-class observational and theoretical research spanning exoplanets, planet formation, and laboratory astrophysics, among others. Leiden Observatory is the largest astronomy department in the Netherlands, with about 35 faculty and adjunct faculty, 50 postdoctoral researchers, 80 PhD students, 30 support staff and over 100 MSc students. Leiden is a charming university town with an international flair.

To apply, submit your documents electronically at by 15 November 2023. A complete application encompasses a CV, publication list, and a three-page statement detailing research experience, interests, and ideas for future research. Additionally, arrange for three reference letters to be uploaded to the same link by the deadline.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package that includes additional vacation (8%) and end-of-year (8.3%) bonuses, sick leave, maternity and parental leaves, and retirement benefits. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, please see: Leiden University Employment

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Sep 15
Application Deadline
2023 Nov 15


Yamila Miguel