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Postdoctoral fellow in Artificial Intelligence (AI) applied to Astronomy

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
30 November 2021
Closing date
15 January 2022 Vacancy closed

Leiden Observatory and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) aim to appoint a 3-year postdoctoral fellow in Artificial Intelligence (AI) applied to Astronomy. The fellow will be expected to engage in collaborations between these two departments and to create new innovative opportunities for cross-disciplinary research in AI, as well as provide world-class training in AI at Leiden Observatory.

We seek candidates with a background in Artificial Intelligence and/or Computer Science, with a record in collaborative work, or a demonstrable interest, in the area of Astronomy. The successful candidate will have a strong involvement and/or interest in applying novel machine learning and data science techniques across Astronomy research and is expected to carry out ground breaking research in this field.

They will have the unique opportunity to contribute to the fostering of cross-disciplinary collaborations between Leiden Observatory and LIACS and in strengthening the existing training programmes in AI.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Computer Science, or related field, and a strong record of publications in leading academic journals. The Leiden Observatory has a broad diversity of data collections, including simulation (time-series) data and observational data. The exact topic of the research is flexible, both in underlying AI technologies and in their applications in Astrophysics.

Our organization

Leiden University is a lively world-class University in a charming town with easy connections to other European countries.

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science is the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Institute in the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. We offer courses at the Bachelor and Master of Science level in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, ICT in Business, Media Technology, and Bioinformatics. According to an independent research visitation, we are one of the foremost computer science departments of the Netherlands. We strive for excellence in a caring institute, where excellence, fun, and diversity go hand in hand. We offer a clear and inviting career path to young and talented scientists with the ambition to grow. For more information about LIACS, see https://liacs.leidenuniv.nl.

Leiden Observatory
The Leiden Observatory consists of a close-knit community of more than 150 employees, including professors, associate professors, postdocs, PhD students, support staff and guest researchers, and provides education for more than 400 bachelor's and master's students. The Observatory is located in the Oort building and in the Huygens laboratory. For more information about the Observatory: https://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl/.

Terms and conditions
The appointment will be at the level of postdoc based on the career level of the candidate. Salary ranges from € 2.836,- to € 4.474,- gross per month (pay scale 10), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Leiden University offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on pay-roll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with nearby universities of Delft and Rotterdam. More information can be found here.

Leiden university is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

For general information about the content of this position, please contact Prof Joost Batenburg (k.j.batenburg@liacs.leidenuniv.nl) and Prof Serena Viti (viti@strw.leidenuniv.nl).

Please submit your application no later than 15 January 2022 via 

Please make sure that you attached a CV, a list of publications,  a maximum 2-page research statement, and that you arrange for 2 references to be submitted by the same deadline.

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