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Leiden Observatory


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.

Job Opportunities

Currently open positions are advertised here

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.
  • The Leiden de Sitter Cosmology Programme is a joint effort with the Leiden Lorentz Institute for theoretical physics. This interdisciplinary programme focuses on the interplay between observational cosmology and the physics of the early universe. PhD students in the de Sitter programme will be supervised jointly by members of the physics and astronomy departments, and are invited to (help) propose their own research programme. We aim at appointing one student every year in this challenging programme. For more details, go to www.leidendesitter.nl. The application procedure and deadline are the same as for the general PhD call, but please indicate in the cover letter your interest to be considered for the de Sitter fellowship.
  • 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 NOVA scholarship, the Walraven scholarship, and other scholarships offered by Leiden University. https://local.strw.leidenuniv.nl/jobs/index.php