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February 16th 2018

SRON invites applicants (f/m) for a postdoctoral position in the field of exoplanet atmosphere retrieval methods. The project is part of the H2020 project ExoplANETS A. This project is a high impact collaboration between seven leading European institutes and serves as a preparation for the wealth of data coming from JWST and other space & ground-based telescopes. The postdoc will be responsible for ensuring the success of WP3 in this project, which entails the development and application of novel atmospheric retrieval methods.

Job description
We aim at researchers with some postdoctoral experience who want to perform research at the edge of theory and observation. The successful applicant ideally leads/contributes to the analysis of observations in a strong physical and chemical context. Within this context there is freedom on the chosen focus.

The position is located at SRON, Utrecht but will be in close collaboration with Dr. Ingo Waldmann at UCL (University College London). In this context the successful applicant will be a key developer of the state-of-the-art retrieval package Tau-REx and will be part of a dynamic, international team.

Job requirements
For this interesting and challenging project, we are looking for a scientist with a PhD degree in astronomy or related fields and preferentially some postdoctoral experience in the field of exoplanet atmosphere observations. The successful candidate should have some atmospheric modelling background (planetary, exoplanetary, or brown dwarfs) and be proficient in Python, C and/or Fortran. Good knowledge of the English language is essential and the candidate should be capable of working both independently and in a team. Relevant competences: result oriented, analytical, can communicate clearly.

Conditions of employment
NWO-I, the Institutes Organisation of NWO prefers candidates who have qualifying experience (e.g. as PhD student or postdoctoral researcher) in a scientific research institute abroad. You will be employed by NWO-I for a fixed period of three years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 4,089 euro gross per month, depending on your level of experience. The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 percent and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent. The conditions of employment of NWO-I are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English). General information about working at NWO-I can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The 'Job interview code' applies to this position.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Michiel Min, +31 88 777 56 84. More information about SRON can be found at www.sron.nl.

If you wish to apply you can send a motivation letter with CV, publication list, a short research statement (maximum three pages) to jobs@sron.nl. Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. Please state the vacancy number 'SRON 1361' in the subject of your mail. Applications that arrive on or before 4 March 2018 are given first priority. SRON Utrecht has the intention to move to Leiden within four years. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to female applicants. No commercial propositions please.

Closing time
Applications that arrive on or before 4 March 2018 are given first priority.




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