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 Program of SRON concentrates on the evolution of galaxies, star formation over cosmic time and black holes. An important ingredient is connecting this science with the space instruments SRON builds and collaborate with the worldwide user community.
Our Astrophysics Program has a vacancy in its laboratory in Groningen for a two-year position as Scientist with affinity for instrumentation (f/m), vacancy number 1556.
Space Research is the place where space engineering meets science - we provide a stimulating and vibrant environment in which creative solutions are developed to build world class scientific instruments fitting within stringent requirements in mass, power and launch conditions. It is in this environment that astrophysicists team up and combine their knowledge to build a scientific program that positions ourselves at the frontier of astrophysical research communities in the decades to come. And finally, this is the place where we embrace the sociology of large groups of very independent people. This all comes together in the SAFARI instrument for which is SRON is the Principal Investigator (PI) Institute. SAFARI is one of the three instruments for the SPICA satellite, which is now in the study phase of the ESA M5 competition, with SRON, apart from being SAFARI PI, also leading the international SPICA collaboration.
To support the Principal Investigator and the project instrument scientist we are looking for an agile team player who likes to connect with the scientific community and who supports the PI in creating a viable and demanding scientific program. Organization of meetings, keeping track of ideas, doing outreach and actively participating in scientific research are amongst her/his tasks. She/he is also able to distill, from the scientist’s thoughts, requirements on the instrument, working closely together with the project instrument scientist.
Good social skills for bringing together scientists and engineers. PhD in (astro)physics, preferably in the SPICA key areas of research (proto-planetary disks, ISM and Star-formation in galaxies, galaxy evolution). Knowledge of far-infrared instrumentation is considered a bonus.
Employment of this full-time position at SRON-Groningen is by NWO-I (The Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes) and will be for a period of 2 years. The salary will be in accordance with the salary scales of NWO-I with a maximum of €5.064,- gross per month on a full-time basis (for very experienced candidates we offer a maximum of €5.757,-).
NWO-I has good secondary employment conditions such as:
More information about SRON can be found at www.sron.nl.
For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Frank Helmich, Astrophysics Program leader at +31-(0)6-494 23 644.
If you wish to apply you can send a motivation letter with CV and the name(s) and address(es) of reference(s) (incl. phone and email) via mail to email@example.com.
Please state the vacancy number "SRON 1556" in the subject of your mail. Applications will be accepted until 28 November.
No commercial propositions please.