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Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Postdoctoral positions in black-hole/neutron-star research at Amsterdam

Three postdoctoral research positions are available with prof. M. van der Klis at the Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek (API) of the University of Amsterdam in connection with the programme “Signals from Strong-Field Gravity: Getting to the Physics” with funding by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. Requirements include a PhD in (astro)physics, demonstrable talent for research and a clear vision of how to contribute to the programme.

Projects should be observational/interpretative in nature and aim at aspects of black-hole and neutron-star astrophysics such as strong gravity and ultradense matter. They would include some of state-of-the-art X-ray observations, developing and trying out new approaches and methods for understanding the data, and creating new computer code. There is ample opportunity to participate in directing PhD and MSc student projects.

You will join a rapidly growing lively international research group focusing on observations and theory of accreting compact objects, with faculty Michiel van der Klis, Rudy Wijnands, Anna Watts, Phil Uttley and ~12 postdocs and graduate students. There are close ties with other groups at API in relativistic jets, gamma-ray bursts, astroparticle physics, and with groups abroad.

Appointments are typically for 3 years with mid-term evaluation and possibilities for obtaining personal grants depending on circumstances. Applications should comprise resume, research statement, publication list and (separately) two letters of reference. Positions are to be filled in 2012 / early 2013; applications will be considered continuously starting December 15, 2011 until all positions are filled.

Salary dependent on experience according to Netherlands university pay scales. Comprehensive social benefits. Universal health care insurance typically 100 euro/month/person. Closing date: June 30th, 2012

Address to: M. van der Klis, Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek, University of Amsterdam, PO Box 94249, 1090 GE Amsterdam, Netherlands; m.b.m.vanderklis[AT]uva.nl