Leiden Observatory invites applications for the Oort Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017.

The Oort Fellowship supports outstanding postdoctoral researchers who are working in any area of astronomy in which Leiden Observatory is active. The research may be observational, theoretical, or instrumental. The fellowship is open to all nationalities. Candidates should have a proven record of excellence in research.

Oort Fellows have the freedom to pursue their own research and will be provided with generous funding for travel and computing.

Leiden Observatory is the oldest university astronomy department in the world, and the largest astronomy department in the Netherlands. Leiden is a charming university town with international flair.

The fellowship will be tenable for three years, subject to a review during the second year. The position comes with a competitive salary and full benefits. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. by the starting date.

Interested candidates should seek a sponsor from among Leiden Observatory faculty. Applications should be submitted electronically at http://jobs.strw.leidenuniv.nl/2016/OortPD/ by December 15, 2016. You will be asked to fill in a web form, to provide contact information for three referees, and to upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a summary of previous and current research (limited to three pages total, including references), and a research proposal (limited to 3 pages text plus 2 pages references/figures).