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Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen




Post-doc Cosmology (1.0 FTE) (219610)

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Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an excellent international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 32,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research institutions in Europe, we joined our forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global center of knowledge, situated in the vibrant city of Groningen in the north of the Netherlands.

Job description

The Van Swinderen Institute (VSI) of the Faculty of Science and Engineering has an opening for a Postdoc working in collaboration with Assistant Professor Daan Meerburg on aspects of analysis for upcoming cosmological datasets, as well as theoretical modeling, with a focus on the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Dr Meerburg is a newly appointed staff member (April 2019) working on topics in theoretical and observational cosmology. He is a senior member of the Simons Observatory (SO), and new ground based CMB experiment to be deployed in the Atacama desert with expected first light in Jan 2021.

Dr Meerburg is funded through a NWO Vidi grant (title: The Cosmic Laboratory). We are looking for someone who is working on different aspects of this proposal. In particular, you will take a leading role within the SO working group responsible for constraining primordial non-Gaussianities. In addition, you are encouraged to work on theoretical aspects of cosmology and collaborate with others at the VSI. The neighboring Kapteyn Institute hosts staff members directly involved in 21 cm cosmology and simulations of large scale structure. Candidates interested in collaborating with members of both institutions are encouraged to apply.


You have the following qualifications/qualities:

• a PhD degree in Astrophysics / Theoretical Physics / Mathematics or related areas

• knowledge of cosmology

• knowledge of at least one programming code (Python preferred but not limited to)

• very good knowledge of written and spoken English

• very good communication skills, so as to function as an excellent team player in this collaborative effort

• enthusiasm and initiative to perform creative research in an interdisciplinary setting.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience of € 2,709 maximum of € 4,274 gross per month (salary scale 10) for a full-time position

• a full-time position for one year, with a chance for further extension up to a maximum of four years

• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus

• excellent secondary benefits, including a pension scheme and flexible employment conditions.


Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:

• motivation letter

• curriculum vitae

• research statement

• name and (email) address of three professional references

• vacancy number of this position.

You can submit your application until 15 January 11.59pm / before 16 January 2020 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • P.D. (Daan) Meerburg, PhD, Assistant Professor, p.d.meerburg

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