Postdoctoral positions on fast radio bursts and other fast radio transients
  • Expertise
    Radio Astronomy
  • Section
    Astronomy group
  • Hours
  • Closing date

AstroFlash is a project to precisely localise and characterise fast radio bursts (FRBs) as well as other astrophysical transients. Using the European VLBI Network (EVN), we have localised repeating FRBs to their exact galactic neighbourhoods. Using the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR), we can use massively parallel observations to monitor dozens of known FRBs at once. To build the AstroFlash team, here we invite applications for:


Job description:
We are advertising 3 post-doctoral positions within the AstroFlash team. These will each be hosted at one of the 3 partner institutes leading the project, namely: the University of Amsterdam, ASTRON (Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy) and JIVE (Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC).
As part of the AstroFlash team, you will exploit recently commissioned EVN and LOFAR observing functionality to localise repeating FRBs to host galaxies and characterise their broad-band spectro-tempo-polarimetric properties. You will also help develop new observing capabilities that further expand our ability to study FRBs and other fast radio transients at both the shortest-possible timescales and the highest-possible angular resolution.
You will be part of a team of 3 staff, 3 PDs, 3 PhDs and likely also 2-4 MScs and BScs working at the 3 partner institutes. We also collaborate regularly with local and international experts on multi-wavelength and multi-messenger observations, in order to follow-up our radio discoveries. ASTRON is committed to increasing its staff diversity, and we are especially interested in applications from women and other traditionally under-represented groups.

Job requirements:
• A PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related discipline
• Experience with radio astronomy imaging and/or time-domain)
• Solid publication experience in refereed scientific journals
• Good planning and organizational skills
• Very good communications skills in English
• A team player
• A joyful motivation for scientific discovery

We offer:
• An initial contract for two years, plus a one-year extension given good performance
• Embedding in a group that is pushing the scientific and technical boundaries of radio astronomy
• A pleasant and stimulating work environment with access to 2 of the world’s premier radio telescopes
• Ample support for computing, conference travel and work visits
• Time and support for the pursuit of own, independent research
• A generous package of benefits including collective health insurance, pension accrual, and several weeks of annual paid vacation
• Flexible conditions of employment, tailored to your personal situation
• Generous relocation expenses and support with finding accommodation

The organization:
ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, is located just outside Dwingeloo in Drenthe. Its mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen via the development of novel and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities, and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research.

The University of Amsterdam hosts both a world-renowned high-energy astrophysics group at the Anton Pannekoek Institute and the GRAPPA astro-particle institute.

JIVE is located in the same building as ASTRON, offering many opportunities for cross-pollination. JIVE operates the EVN, and is a center of deep VLBI expertise.

Together, the 3 institutes bring complementary expertise to help unravel the FRB mystery.

AstroFlash is funded by a Vici grant from NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) to ASTRON, JIVE and the University of Amsterdam.

More information about ASTRON can be found on our websites and For more information about this vacancy please contact Erika Timmerman, phone: +31 521 595 100 or e-mail: For more information on the content of this vacancy, please contact Jason Hessels, AstroFlash PI, e-mail:

You can apply for this job via the ‘Apply now’ button below on or before September 3, 2020. Applications should include an introduction letter, curriculum vitae, and a description of research interests. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Interviews, remote and/or in person, will be scheduled in late August / early September. Offers will be made in October.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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