Assistant professor gravitational-wave astrophysics (tenure track)

University of Amsterdam
September 18 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

A tenure track position for gravitational-wave astrophysics is available in the Gravitation and AstroParticle Physics Amsterdam group (GRAPPA), at the interface of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef) and the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

The Anton Pannekoek Institute and Nikhef are currently in the process of strengthening their efforts in gravitational-wave astrophysics. Nikhef is a member of the LIGO/Virgo consortium and it has strong expertise in detector construction and in the detection and interpretation of gravitational-wave signals. API has one of the world-leading groups in the astrophysics of compact objects, strong gravity, and evolution of massive stars. The research of both institutes has become more strongly linked since the founding of GRAPPA five years ago; the successful candidate will play a pivotal role in connecting the research in gravitational-wave astrophysics of the two institutes further. Nikhef and API are embedded locally and nationally in a strong and vibrant research environment: the Science Park Amsterdam campus houses national research institutes in many areas of Physics and Computational Science, the Faculty of Science of UvA, the joint BSc and MSc degrees in physics and astronomy of UvA and VUA, and has strong ties to small business incubators and major research companies. Nationally, Nikhef is the home base for the Dutch involvement in CERN, and API is a member of NOVA, the national home base for research at ESO, and has close ties to SRON and ASTRON, the national institutes for Space Science and Radio Astronomy. API has over 30% female faculty, and more than half of the recent hires in physics and astronomy have been female.

The candidate should bring and further develop an independent research program in the field of gravitational-wave astrophysics. This program should be complementary to and synergetic with the ongoing research at Nikhef and API. Acquisition of external funding for building a research group is part of the position, as are enthusiastic participation in the teaching program both on Bachelor and Master level. All staff members at the UvA also have functions in the self-administration and management of the institution.

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