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    TitlePhD student (f/m)
    Job codeSRON-1437
    Job posted on06/02/2019
    Contract typeTemp/contract
    Start dateimmediately
    Job Description

    SRON's mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research. Therefore the institute develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research. As national expertise institute SRON gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates national contributions to international space missions. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in our society. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in our society.

    The Astrophysics progamme, through the Aspasia program and together with the NOVA school, offer a PhD position in the area of X-ray high-resolution spectroscopy and timing of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) under the supervision of Dr. Elisa Costantini (SRON) and Dr. Phil Uttley (UvA).

    The project will be carried out mostly at the SRON location (Utrecht) with frequent visits at University of Amsterdam.


    PhD student (f/m)

    vacancy number SRON-1437


    Project Outline

    The project is observational in nature. The successful applicant will study Active Galactic Nuclei ionised outflows under different observational conditions, investigating the energetics and geometry of this complex medium. Timing and spectroscopy will be jointly used to study both the ejection and accretion mechanisms in the AGN. (S)he will make use of archival data from the Chandra, XMM-Newton and Hubble Space telescope satellites.



    Candidates should have a master’s degree in Astronomy or Physics. Candidates with previous experience in X-ray/UV data analysis and with programming skills are particularly encouraged to apply.


    SRON core competencies:

    • Innovative

    • Focused on collaboration

    • Responsibility

    • A global player

    • Flexibility


    Employment conditions

    Employment of this full-time position at SRON-Utrecht is by NWO-I (The Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes) and will be for a period of 1,5 years with extension until 4 years in total when your performance evaluation after 9 months is adequate.

    The salary will be in accordance with the salary scales of NWO-I starting with € 2,291.00 gross per month on a fulltime basis in the first year, to a maximum of € 2,937.00 in the fourth year of employment.


    NWO-I has good secondary employment conditions such as:

    • An end of year bonus of 8,33% of the gross yearly salary

    • 42 days of vacation leave a year on full-time basis

    • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross yearly salary

    • An excellent pension scheme

    • Options for (additional) personal development

    • Excellent facilities for parental leave


    Information and application

    More information about SRON can be found at

    For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Elisa Costantini at

    +31-(0)88-777 5721.

    Applicants should send a CV including a statement on their motivation to apply for this project and the names and (email) addresses of maximally two references as well as a short (maximally 1 A4) outline of their knowledge and experience to 


    Please state the vacancy number "SRON 1437" in the subject of your mail. Applications will be accepted until March 4th 2019.

    SRON Utrecht moves in 2021 to Leiden.

    In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to female applicants.

    No commercial propositions please.

    Online screening may be part of the selection procedure.


    Contact information
    CompanySRON Netherlands Institute For Space Research
    Contact nameHR Department
    AddressSorbonnelaan 2
    3584 CA
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