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Radboud Excellence Fellowship

This call is open until September 30, 2017

Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, annually invites applications for the Radboud Excellence Fellowship. The fellowship is for a duration of 2 yrs. The fellowship is for independent research in any of the excellence areas of the university, and in particular, for this call, any topic in astrophysics and astroparticle physics.

The successful fellow will be integrated into the Department of Astrophysics, which is part of the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics. The vibrant department consists of 13 faculty, ~15 postdocs, ~25 PhD students. Research activities are concentrated in the fields of supermassive and stellar-mass black holes, jets, compact binaries, optical and radio transients, gravitational-wave and radio astronomy, stellar and binary evolution, stellar clusters, Galactic structure and magnetic fields, cosmic-rays and astroparticle physics, and asteroseismology. The department is part of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA), is a member of the Virgo consortium for gravitational wave detections and the Pierre Auger Observatory for cosmic-ray detections, has access to major (inter)national research facilities (ESO, ESA, LOFAR/WSRT, ING telescopes, etc.), as well to major computer facilities, either via a local cluster or national supercomputing facilities.

The Radboud Excellence Fellowship is a university-wide initiative, where fellows are expected, apart from their own research, to actively engage in an interdisciplinary/cultural program with fellows in other departments. Radboud University appoints ~20 fellows per year. Applications consist of a three-page work plan, two letters of reference, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications including a pdf-version of the two publications the fellow feels most connected to. The candidate must hold a PhD in astronomy or physics, obtained between 2 and 10 years before the closing date of the call.

Selection will commence on September 30, 2017 and will be a two-stage process. After an initial selection at the Department of Astrophysics the applications of the top candidates will be forwarded to the university-wide program. The selection committee is interdisciplinary (with no astronomers) so the research plan should be appealing to non-specialists. The first down select will take place before October 15, 2017. Selection by the university is expected in December 2017 or January 2018.

The fellow will be part of the collective labour agreement (CAO) of the Dutch universities, scale 11 (3200-4500 Euro gross/month, depending on age and experience). Secondary labor benefits such as health insurance, relocation cost reimbursements, holiday, end-of-year allowances, and a retirement scheme are included. The fellow will additionally hold a 6000 Euro/yr research grant.

The closing date of this call is September 30, 2017. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Prof. Paul Groot ( Applications are to be sent, by email only and in PDF format, to, with subject line: 'Application Radboud Fellowship'. Letters of reference can be included in the applications, or be sent directly by the referees, before the closing date, to the above submission email address. Information on the Radboud Excellence Initiative can be found at the Excellence website.