Junior Telescope Scientist

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Closing Date:
1 oktober 2017

Informatie over organisatie

ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, is located just outside Dwingeloo, The Netherlands. Our mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen. We are a world-wide leader on the development of array antennas for radio astronomy. We have developed and built phased arrays of 100,000+ elements operating between 10 and 250 MHz, and L-band phased array feeds for the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. Our research and development aims at continuously improving the performance and cost-effectiveness of this technology for future telescopes, such as the Square Kilometre Array.


Depending on your technical background and interests, your support responsibilities may include:

  • involvement in the development of new observing modes, software or hardware;
  • astronomical commissioning and testing of new equiment and capabilities;
  • advising and assisting users to design, prepare, run observations, process and analyse their data;
  • monitoring of system performance, system calibration, tuning, and optimization.

Your radio astronomical research can be on any astrophysical or instrumental topic, although some component involving the use of LOFAR and/or Apertif and/or allowing possibilities to collaborate with other ASTRON research staff is preferred.

The position has 50% radio astronomical research and 50% support duties. 

The Junior Telescope Scientist we are looking for:

  • A PhD in astronomy;
  • Preferably thorough knowledge of radio interferometry;
  • Communication skills;
  • Preferably experience handling data from LOFAR;
  • Scientific and/or instrumental interest in our instruments;
  • A good command of written and spoken English is essential.

More information

For more information about ASTRON check our website www.astron.nl and www.jobsatastron.nl. For more information about this vacancy please contact Erika Timmerman, HR officer, phone: +31 521 595 100 or e-mail: personnel@astron.nl. For informal enquiries please contact: Dr. Roberto Pizzo (pizzo@astron.nl), Head of the Science Operations & Support Group of the Radio Observatory.

You can apply directly for this job (ref.nr. 2017-06-037) on www.jobsatastron.nl. Applications should include a CV, scientific interests and a research proposal. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to personnel@astron.nl. The deadline for submission is 1 October 2017. Candidates will be considered until the position has been filled.

We offer

  • We offer a fulltime contract for two years at first. Extensions for one or several years, and potential advancement in seniority level, will be decided depending on skills, expertise and performance.
  • Participation in one conference a year and European trips based on international scientific collaborations.
  • Besides a pleasant and challenging work environment we have a good package of benefits like a pension plan, group discounts on individual insurances and travel expenses.
  • We offer flexible conditions of employment, tailored to your personal situation.
  • We offer generous relocation expenses and support with finding accommodation.

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