Friday, 3 October 2014

PhD-position in Planetary Science VU University Amsterdam (VU) - — AcademicTransfer

PhD-position in Planetary Science VU University Amsterdam (VU) - — AcademicTransfer

Job description

will combine recent remote sensing datasets (e.g., imagery, altimetry,
spectroscopy, etc.) with new generations of geophysical models to
provide estimates on the thickness, structure and composition of the
lunar crust. Integrating multiple remote sensing observations in the
framework of mineralogical and geophysical models for the interpretation
of the lunar crust will be one of the main tasks. You will also design
and implement models to reconcile surface observations with up-to-date
experimental research on lunar interior evolution currently performed at


• A completed MSc degree in the field of planetary science, physics, geophysics, geology, or similar relevant field;
• Basic knowledge of remote sensing software;
• Good knowledge of planetary science and/or geology;
• Strong analytical and numerical skills;
• Excellent research and writing skills,
• Good command of the English Language;
• Good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.

Conditions of employment

years of funding are available. The starting date is negotiable
preferably no later than January 2015. You can find information about
our excellent fringe benefits of employment at , including:
• remuneration of  8,3% end-of-year bonus and  8% holiday allowance;
• generous contribution (70%) to commuting allowance based on public transport;
• discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic
personnel, range from a minimum of € 2,083 gross per month in the first
year up to a maximum of € 2,664 (salary scale 85.0-3) based on full-time
Contract type:


4 years


University Amsterdam is one of the leading institutions for higher
education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed
to societal welfare. It comprises twelve faculties and has teaching
facilities for 25.000 students.


Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW) offers a range of Bachelor
and Master programmes. Research at this faculty focuses on the fields of
the life-, health-, environmental- and Earth-sciences. World-class
teaching and cutting-edge research activities go hand in hand. FALW
works together with other faculties like medicine, exact sciences,
economics, psychology and social sciences. The faculty’s research
facilities can be categorized as excellent. The faculty’s international
focus fosters cross-border collaboration, leading to substantially
improved quality and greater impact of our research results.

Additional information

For additional information please contact: 
Prof. dr. Wim van Westrenen, Dr. Jessica Flahaut and/or Dr. Sebastien Besse
are invited to send a cover letter accompanied by your Curriculum Vitae
and contact information for three referees by email to: Mrs. Fenny
Bosse: Please mention the vacancy number in the email header. Deadline for applications is October 30, 2014. 

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