Leiden Observatory provides a dynamic, international environment for work and study. Established in 1633, the institute has a very rich tradition. The famous Old Leiden Observatory is the oldest operating university observatory in the world. At Leiden Observatory we carry out world class research and education The institute consists of about 35 faculty and adjunct faculty, 50 postdoctoral researchers, 50 MSc and 80 PhD students, and 30 support staff. There are regular opportunities for employment at Leiden Observatory at various career levels.
Regularly recurring opportunities include:
- General call for PhD positions. Leiden Observatory invites applications for a number of PhD positions once a year through a general call. The closing date is usually around December 1. These positions cover a large number of fields in both theoretical and observational astronomy. Information on the current call.
- We encourage outstanding candidates to consider applying for a Leiden/Huygens Fellowship. Note the different deadline and the fact that the procedure for applying is separate from our general call.
- In addition to this general call, occasional individual PhD vacancies are advertised.
- Oort Postdoctoral Fellowship. Leiden Observatory hosts a prize Oort Fellowship intended for outstanding candidates with a recent PhD degree, to carry out research in any of the fields of astronomy in which Leiden Observatory is active. The Oort Fellowship is advertised each Fall. Applicants are required to contact a Leiden Observatory faculty member who can act as a sponsor. https://local.strw.leidenuniv.nl/jobs/index.php
- Several scholarships exist for deserving MSc students, including the Oort Scholarship, the Walraven scholarship, and other scholarships offered by Leiden University. https://local.strw.leidenuniv.nl/jobs/index.php