Vacancies

Six postdoc positions in Origins of Life research (217354-48)

The Origins Center

The Origins Center is a recent, multidisciplinary and multi-institute initiative of a large number of top tier scientists in the Netherlands, who responded to questions submitted by the public on fundamentals of life in the universe in the context of the Dutch National Science Agenda. Recently we defined the outlines of five three-year pathfinder projects that together should lay the groundwork for a future, far larger research programme which aims at game-changing understanding of the origin of life and of life-bearing planets, predicting evolution, building and steering life from molecule to biosphere, finding extra-terrestrial life and of the mathematical concepts needed for bridging large spatial, temporal and organisatorial scale differences. The Center is coordinated by the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Scientists affiliated with at least 17 Dutch universities and research institutes participate in its research. Recently the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO granted ‘Startimpuls’ (Initial Boost) funding to the Origins Center.

For the pathfinder projects we are now recruiting six postdoctoral research fellows with a strong background in astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, microbiology, ecology, evolutionary biology, mathematics, computational science, molecular biosciences or planetary and geosciences, and with the ability to perform innovative and multidisciplinary research. The recruited fellows will, jointly with several research groups in the Netherlands, further define and execute the projects. They will thereby be centrally involved in advanced and multidisciplinary research of great scientific and public interest.

Job description

Fellowships are available within each of the following five projects:

217354 Developing, testing and operating the Origins Simulator
217355 Identifying factors enabling predictability of evolution
217356 Building and directing life
217357 Modelling planet earth as an exoplanet
217358 Mathematically understanding downward causation

Each fellow will be hosted by a research group involved in the Origins Center initiative and be employed by the host’s university or research institute, and will cooperate with at least one other research group in another field of expertise and preferably in another university or research institute. The fellow’s tasks will include:

  • further conceptualising, planning, and executing a pathfinder project
  • reaching out to and collaborating with research groups in the Netherlands and abroad
  • forging linkages between the five pathfinder projects and with the relevant research community at large
  • contributing to a programme of public outreach.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  • a recently obtained PhD in a relevant field as indicated above
  • an excellent track record as shown by publications, invitations, awards and honorary positions
  • a sound grasp of issues, concepts and methods linked to the pathfinder project targeted in the application, and the ambition, resourcefulness, perseverance and cooperative skills needed to bring the project to a successful closure.
  • strong communication skills both towards direct collaborators and towards the wider research community
  • an interest in science communication targeted at a variety of audiences
  • good written and oral knowledge of English.

Some specific requirements linked to the separate projects are indicated in the separate pathfinder project descriptions.

Conditions of employment

  • Employment by a Dutch University or research institute on the base of a fixed-term full time contract, for the duration of three years (projects 217354, 217355, 217357, and 217358) or 2 year and nine months (project 217356). Secondments, for short periods during the project, to other Dutch universities or research institutes can be considered.
  • Employment conditions according to the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities, or a largely similar other collective labour agreement with, according to this collective labour agreement, a first-year gross salary ranging from 3,111 euro to 3,475 euro per month, holiday and end-of-year reimbursements, and inclusion in a pension scheme.
  • Secondary employment conditions may vary between the research institutes and universities participating in the Origins Center, but will normally include further training facilities, career counselling for partners and, if needed, assistance with establishment in the Netherlands.

As a rule, candidates may not occupy postdoc positions for more than six years overall, and no more than four years with one employer.

The aimed-for starting date is 1 January 2018 or soon afterwards.

Application

Interested applicants should submit:

  • a concise motivation letter (1.5 pages maximum)
  • a research statement (2.5 pages maximum) that (i) fits within one of the pathfinder project outlines, (ii) identifies one hosting research group listed in the project outline and in which the candidate would prefer to be employed, and (iii) identifies at least one other research group in another field of expertise, and preferably in another university or research institute, with which the candidate expects to cooperate closely
  • a concise CV (3 pages maximum) including a list of five best papers
  • two letters of reference.

Each of the pathfinder projects to which the research statements should refer is outlined on www.origins-center.nl/vacancies/. At the end of the project outline, a list of prospective hosting research groups is included, with contact details for each host. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their draft research statement with leading scientists (also indicated) from hosts whose research interests and approaches match their own. Both the project and the hosting research group should be clearly identified in the application. Each application should target just one pathfinder project; however candidates are free to submit plausible applications for more than one project.

Submitted documents should clearly show how the candidate would meet the general and (if applicable) project-specific requirements.

Applications should be submitted before 25 September 2017 12:00 h pm CEST. Applications submitted later or in other ways will not be considered. We aim to complete the selection process before 1 November 2017, with interviews on 5 and 11 October 2017.

Unsolicited marketing will not be appreciated.

Information

For information on the application procedure you can contact the Origins Center coordinator Jan-Willem Mantel (j.w.e.mantel@rug.nl; do not use for applications). Specific questions on the pathfinder projects can be discussed with prospective hosts, whose email addresses are included in the project outlines.

For application please refer to the Vacancies website of the University of Groningen.

217354 Developing, testing and operating the Origins Simulator

One full-time research fellow position, 3 years
Reference number: 217354
Context: Reconstructing the origin and co-evolution of earth-like planets and life

How do Earth-like planets come to be, and what is their composition? When, and under what conditions, does life emerge? How does complex multicellular life evolve? Key challenges related to these questions include:

  • Characterising the building blocks of Earth-like planets in terms of molecular and mineralogical complexity and stability
  • Building an earth-like planet from these building blocks
  • Understanding how life as we know it originated (building blocks of life, energy source, role of minerals and environments)
  • Understanding how life and environments interact.

This pathfinder project specifically addresses Challenge (3). Hydrothermal vents in which warm alkaline, strongly reducing crustal fluids came into contact with an acidic, iron-rich ocean, are prime candidates for the origin of life in the Hadean. Simulating such vents in a laboratory setting is the central aim in this pathfinder project, in which an “Origins Simulator” will be developed, tested, and operated in several experimental contexts.

The Origins Simulator should be able to mimic several conditions that may have been present in alkaline hydrothermal vents. The simulator should be designed and developed so that it enables in situ measurements (using e.g. Raman spectroscopy, synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy and mass spectrometry) during experiments, providing real-time insights into the catalytic and self-organising processes that were crucial during the genesis of the building blocks of life on earth, and possibly also on exoplanets and moons. If possible, the Origins Simulator should be transportable, thereby allowing deployment within several research labs involved in origins of life and, possibly, artificial life research. Alternatively, the Simulator will be hosted by one research group and fully accessible for other research groups.

Project-specific requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements indicated above, the successful candidate will have strong experimental affinity with a background in chemistry, geochemistry, or prebiotic chemistry, and a demonstrated ability to design and develop set ups for biogeochemical experiments.

Prospective hosting groups and institutes

Several highly qualified research groups in the Netherlands are willing to contribute to the overall Origins Center research programme by hosting one of the research fellows we are presently recruiting. Contact details of these groups and links to further information are included on the list below. Candidates are required to identify (i) one of the indicated research groups as the preferred host and (ii) another group in another university or research institute, with which they wish to collaborate closely. For both, candidates are encouraged to contact research group leaders and discuss their plans with them. Please note that the provided email addresses are for information and discussion only, and not for submitting applications.

Research group leaders Research groups, institutes Email addresses, additional information
Mariëtte Wolthers, Inge Loes ten Kate, Helen King, Oliver Plümper, Paul Mason Faculty of Geosciences, University of Utrecht M.Wolthers@uu.nl; I.L.tenKate@uu.nl; H.E.King@uu.nl; O.Plumper@uu.nl; P.Mason@uu.nl
See here for preliminary Origins Simulator specifications.
Wim Spakman Earth Interior, Faculty of Geoscience, University of Utrecht W.Spakman@uu.nl
Floris van der Tak, Michiel Min SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research F.F.S.van.der.Tak@sron.nl; M.Min@sron.nl
Sijbren Otto Otto Research Group, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, Groningen University s.otto@rug.nl
Wouter Roos Molecular Biophysics — Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen w.h.roos@rug.nl
Bert Poolman Membrane Enzymology, Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, University of Groningen b.poolman@rug.nl
Christoph Keller, Ignas Snellen Leiden Observatory, Leiden University keller@strw.leidenuniv.nl; snellen@strw.leidenuniv.nl
Harold Linnartz Sackler Laboratory for Astrophysics,  Leiden University linnartz@strw.leidenuniv.nl
Wim van Westrenen Planetary Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam w.van.westrenen@vu.nl
Matthias Bickelhaupt Theoretical Chemistry, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam F.M.Bickelhaupt@vu.nl
Peter Sloot Computational Science Group, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Amsterdam P.M.A.Sloot@uva.nl; J.F.H.TenHolter@uva.nl
Wybren Jan Buma Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam W.J.Buma@uva.nl; A.Petrignani@uva.nl
Leendert Hamoen Bacterial Cell Biology and Physiology Group, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam l.w.hamoen@uva.nl
Jef Huisman Freshwater and Marine Ecology, University of Amsterdam J.Huisman@uva.nl; P.C.deRuiter@uva.nl; G.Muijzer@uva.nl; W.P.deVoogt@uva.nl
Inga Kamp Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen University kamp@astro.rug.nl
Carsten Dominik Exoplanet and Planet Formation Group, Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam C.Dominik@uva.nl

217355 Identifying key factors involved in predictability of evolution

One full-time research fellow position, 3 years
Project reference: 217355
Context: Predicting Evolution

Ever since Darwin, understanding how life has evolved in interaction with the environment has been at the forefront of science. More recently, however, the emphasis has shifted to a forward-looking perspective of evolution, aiming at understanding how species can adapt, in an evolutionary sense, to current and future changes of their world.

Predicting evolution requires a deep understanding of the evolutionary processes across different levels of biological organisation and scale. The field of evolutionary genetics/ecology/biology has made considerable progress towards this understanding. Crucially, propelled by technological advances in modelling, bioinformatics and molecular genetics, the role of non-genetic forms of inheritance, genomic networks and the feedback between organisms and their environments, can be addressed. Although these aspects are increasingly recognized to be important for adaptation and transmission of information to the next generation, but predicted effects on evolutionary trajectories remain to be established.

The Dutch research community has developed a Roadmap towards Predicting Evolution to align the on-going research and to look ahead to the next 15-20 years. We are therefore recruiting a Fellow to carry out a Pathfinder project to proceed on this road. The Pathfinder project’s aims are (i) to generate new insights by addressing the possibilities and challenges of predicting evolution, (ii) to strengthen the research community in the Netherlands around this theme, and (iii) to further shape and develop the Roadmap. In a joint effort the research community has defined the contours of this Pathfinder project, described here.

The Fellow will investigate what factors are of key importance for the predictability of evolution, including (i) components of the genomic architecture (Genotype-Phenotype map) such as epistatic interactions and the complexity of the gene regulatory network underlying the phenotype, as well as the standing genetic variation, (ii) the characteristics of the abiotic and biotic drivers of selection and (iii) the traits to be predicted.

The first step is to make predictions about the relative importance of the different factors using theoretical modelling. This theoretical work will be carried out in complement with a set of experimental studies, which will address the same factors empirically and can validate the predictions.

To facilitate building a research community in the Netherlands around predicting evolution, the empirical work will be carried out by a large number of Dutch research groups, using a single model system*. All participating groups will be invited to run a standardized experimental evolution experiment and to run one or more variants of this experiment, for instance varying the same factors as used in the theoretical work described above (incl. experiments under natural conditions).
The fellow will be involved both in the theoretical and the empirical work and will be instrumental in integrating these two components. Furthermore, the Fellow will coordinate the experiments of the different research groups. The Fellow will perform a meta-analysis on the results and will link the empirical results with the outcome of the theoretical work.

*A suitable experimental system would be Caenorhabditis remanei as it is likely that many groups could use this system to address questions which link to their own research. This species is relatively easy to culture with fast generation times, has sexual reproduction, computational models exist, and it is possible to include evolutionary processes in wild populations. By focussing on a single system, the results can be analysed in a single analysis by the Fellow.

Project-specific requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements indicated above, the successful candidate will have a clear vision on evolutionary processes, and thorough expertise in modelling and/or experimental evolution research.

Hosting research groups and institutes

Several highly qualified research groups in the Netherlands are willing to contribute to the overall Origins Center research programme by hosting one of the research fellows we are presently recruiting. Contact details of these groups and links to further information are included on the list below. Candidates are required to identify (i) one of the indicated research groups as their preferred host and (ii) another group in another university or research institute with which they wish to collaborate closely. For both (i) and (ii), candidates are encouraged to contact research group leaders and discuss their plans with them. Please note that the provided email addresses are for information and discussion only, and not for submitting applications.

Research group leaders Research groups, institutes Email addresses, additional information
Bas Zwaan, Jan Kammenga Laboratory of Genetics, Laboratory of Nematology, Wageningen University bas.zwaan@wur.nl; arjan.devisser@wur.nl; marjon.devos@wur.nl; jan.kammenga@wur.nl
Marcel Visser, Louise Vet Netherlands Institute of Ecology NIOO-KNAW l.vet@nioo.knaw.nl; m.visser@nioo.knaw.nl
Paulien Hogeweg Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics, Utrecht University p.hogeweg@uu.nl
Jacintha Ellers Animal Ecology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam j.ellers@vu.nl
Bas Teusink Teusink-Bruggeman Lab, Vrije Universiteit b.teusink@vu.nl
Mike Jetten Ecological Microbiology, Radboud University m.jetten@science.ru.nl
Astrid Groot Evolutionary & Population Biology, University of Amsterdam a.t.groot@uva.nl
Bregje Wertheim Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, Groningen University b.wertheim@rug.nl
Han Olff Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, Groningen University h.olff@rug.nl
Through Han Olff, you can also access other researcher groups at the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences
Franjo Weissing Theoretical Research in Evolutionary Life Sciences group, Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences University of Groningen f.j.weissing@rug.nl
Astrid Groot Evolutionary & Population Biology, University of Amsterdam a.t.groot@uva.nl
Jef Huisman Freshwater and Marine Ecology, University of Amsterdam J.Huisman@uva.nl; P.C.deRuiter@uva.nl; G.Muijzer@uva.nl; W.P.deVoogt@uva.nl
Peter Sloot Computational Science Group, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Amsterdam P.M.A.Sloot@uva.nl; J.F.H.TenHolter@uva.nl

217356 Building and directing life

Two full-time research fellow positions, each 2 years 9 months
Reference number: 217356
Context: Building and directing life from molecule to biosphere

The long-term objective towards which the two projects should contribute, is to understand the basics of life in such way that we can steer and build life, across scales ranging from molecules via cells to ecosystems, and to create key properties of live like replication, self-organisation, robustness, and evolvability. In order to make headway into this, imagination and independent thinking will be key. Operational aims and approaches of the projects will therefore be largely determined by candidates, in discussions with potential hosting research groups indicated below. The two projects should be linked to one or more of the following broad objectives:

  • identifying the laws add constraints of life, the questions on the minimal structures of life and the molecules used, and its physicochemistry;
  • understanding the material, energy and information flows of life from quantum chemistry, minimal chemical systems to cellular chemical reaction networks and food webs in ecosystems,
  • identifying the role and origin of spatial organization of life, and the forces acting on living system, or
  • unravelling how from all these basic elements higher level functions emerge. What are the generic principles from which complexity gives rise to function and how does evolution act on these (what were/are the problems biology had/has to solve)? How do repair mechanisms work, evolve and impact on evolution?

The pathfinder fellows will address one or more of these challenges at different complexity and length scales through a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes the expertise from across several fields of science, which ranges from physics, through chemistry and biophysics to evolutionary biology and ecology.

Project-specific requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements indicated above, the successful candidate will have the pioneering mentality and an ability to identify, or forge, new links between disparate intellectual areas.

Hosting research groups and institutes

Several highly qualified research groups in the Netherlands are willing to contribute to the overall Origins Center research programme by hosting one of the research fellows we are presently recruiting. Contact details of these groups and links to further information are included on the list below. Candidates are required to identify (i) one of the indicated research groups as the preferred host and (ii) another group in another university or research institute, with which they wish to collaborate closely. For both, candidates are encouraged to contact research group leaders and discuss their plans with them. Please note that the provided email addresses are for information and discussion only, and not for submitting applications.

Research group leaders Research groups, institutes Email adresses, additional information
Mike Jetten Ecological Microbiology, Radboud University m.jetten@science.ru.nl
Wilhelm Huck Huck Group, Physical-Organic Chemistry, Radboud University w.huck@science.ru.nl
Paulien Hogeweg Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics, Utrecht University p.hogeweg@uu.nl
Leendert Hamoen Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam l.w.hamoen@uva.nl
Pernette Verschure Verschure group, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam P.J.Verschure@uva.nl
Jef Huisman Freshwater and Marine Ecology, University of Amsterdam J.Huisman@uva.nl; P.C.deRuiter@uva.nl; G.Muijzer@uva.nl; W.P.deVoogt@uva.nl
Wybren Jan Buma Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam W.J.Buma@uva.nl; A.Petrignani@uva.nl
Sander Tans Tans Biophysics Lab, Technical University Delft and Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics NWO-AMOLF tans@amolf.nl
Bert Poolman Membrane Enzymology, Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, University of Groningen b.poolman@rug.nl
Sijbren Otto Otto Research Group, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, Groningen University s.otto@rug.nl
Matthias Heinemann Molecular Systems Biology, Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, University of Groningen m.heinemann@rug.nl
Ben Feringa Feringa Group, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, University of Groningen b.l.feringa@rug.nl
Wouter Roos Molecular Biophysics — Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen w.h.roos@rug.nl
Han Olff, Matty Berg Olff Group, Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, Groningen University h.olff@rug.nl, m.p.berg@rug.nl
Matthias Bickelhaupt Theoretical Chemistry, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam F.M.Bickelhaupt@vu.nl
Gijs Wuite Wuite Lab, Physics and Astronomy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam g.j.l.wuite@vu.nl
Bas Teusink Teusink-Bruggeman Lab, Vrije Universiteit b.teusink@vu.nl
Bob Planqué Department of Mathematics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam r.planque@vu.nl
Matty Berg Animal Ecology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam matty m.p.berg@vu.nl
Jan van Esch Advanced Soft Matter Group, Department of Chemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology J.H.vanEsch@tudelft.nl
Claire Wyman, Joyce Lebbink Collaboration of Wyman research group and
Lebbink research group, Genetics/Radiation Oncology, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam
j.lebbink@erasmusmc.nl; c.wyman@erasmusmc.nl
Titia Sixma, Fred van Leeuwen, Anastassis Perrakis Collaboration of Sixma Lab, Van Leeuwen Lab, Perrakis Lab, Netherlands Cancer Institute NKI fred.v.leeuwen@nki.nl; t.sixma@nki.nl; a.perrakis@nki.nl
Alexander Kros Collaboration of Leiden Institute of Chemistry and Institute of Biology Leiden of Leiden University and Department of Bionanoscience, Delft University of Technology a.kros@chem.leidenuniv.nl
See separate note on fellowship project
Marileen Dogterom Department of Bionanoscience, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology M.Dogterom@tudelft.nl
John van der Oost Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University john.vanderoost@wur.nl
Bert Meijer Meijer Research Group, Eindhoven University of Technology E.W.Meijer@tue.nl
See separate note on fellowship project

217357 Modelling planet earth as an exoplanet

One full-time research fellow position, 3 years
Reference number: 217358
Context: Finding extraterrestrial life

Is planet earth indeed unique as a location where life originated? The detection of extraterrestrial life, within or external to our solar system, will change or view of earth, life and the unique position of mankind in fundamental ways. In order to answer the questions about extraterrestrial life we need to know first the characteristic planetary conditions for the origin of life (habitability markers). We need furthermore to understand both the minimum requirements for life (chemical markers) and how various biological processes are expressed in atmospheres, at the planetary surfaces and in oceans (biomarkers and geomarkers).

In all this, planet earth is our only example and consequently this planet will be central in the pathfinder project ‘planet earth as an exoplanet’. In this project, the planet as hypothetically observed from astronomical distances and at certain stages of geological and biological history will be modeled, with the aim to establish which markers should be detectable from such distances given current and future detection techniques and which markers may be considered to provide decisive indicators of the presence of life.

Hosting research groups and institutes

Several highly qualified research groups in the Netherlands are willing to contribute to the overall Origins Center research programme by hosting one of the research fellows we are presently recruiting. Contact details of these groups and links to further information are included on the list below. Candidates are required to identify (i) one of the indicated research groups as the preferred host and (ii) another group in another university or research institute, with which they wish to collaborate closely. For both, candidates are encouraged to contact research group leaders and discuss their plans with them. Please note that the provided email addresses are for information and discussion only, and not for submitting applications.

Research group leaders Research groups, institutes Email addresses
Matthias Bickelhaupt Theoretical Chemistry, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam F.M.Bickelhaupt@vu.nl
Wybren Jan Buma Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam W.J.Buma@uva.nl; A.Petrignani@uva.nl
Wim Spakman Earth Interior, Faculty of Geoscience, University of Utrecht W.Spakman@uu.nl
Christoph Keller, Ignas Snellen Leiden Observatory, Leiden University keller@strw.leidenuniv.nl; snellen@strw.leidenuniv.nl
Floris van der Tak, Michiel Min SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research F.F.S.van.der.Tak@sron.nl; M.Min@sron.nl
Bert Vermeersen Aerospace Engineering and Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology l.l.a.vermeersen@tudelft.nl; d.m.stam@tudelft.nl; P.N.A.M.Visser@tudelft.nl
Inga Kamp Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen University kamp@astro.rug.nl
Carsten Dominik, Jan-Michel Desert

 

Exoplanet and Planet Formation Group, Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam C.Dominik@uva.nl, J.M.L.B.Desert@uva.nl

217358 Mathematically understanding downward causation

One full-time research fellow position, 3 years
Reference number: 217359
Context: Bridging long temporal and spatial scales

Bridging spatial and temporal scales is a recurrent problem in a large array of scientific disciplines. The pathfinder project will aim to describe and understand systems in which emergent phenomena on higher levels of organisation (macro scale) codetermine the behavior on lower levels of organisation (microscale), as may have been the case in the systems studied in the Origins Center, e.g. during formation of planets, or in evolutionary processes.

Mathematical theory has mainly focused on the complementary problem: the emergence of phenomena at larger scales driven by behaviour at small scales. This project, however, aims to develop new tools to understand how such emergent phenomena can again affect or constrain the microscopic dynamics. Such systems have certainly been explored by, e.g., using simulations, however, less effort has gone into understanding circular interactions in more generic terms, taking into account both the micro-to-macro emergence as well as the impact of macro-to-micro.

The consequences of such ‘downward causation’ will be mathematically explored and modelled in abstract or more concrete situations. The developed models and concepts will be developed and applied in collaboration with one or more of the other pathfinder projects. The fellow could approach problems of these kind using mathematical, computational, modelling or other theoretical means.

Hosting research groups and institutes

Several highly qualified research groups in the Netherlands are willing to contribute to the overall Origins Center research programme by hosting one of the research fellows we are presently recruiting. Contact details of these groups and links to further information are included on the list below. Candidates are required to identify (i) one of the indicated research groups as the preferred host and (ii) another group in another university or research institute, with which they wish to collaborate closely. For both, candidates are encouraged to contact research group leaders and discuss their plans with them. Please note that the provided email addresses are for information and discussion only, and not for submitting applications.

Research group leaders Research groups, institutes Email addresses
Roeland Merks Scientific Computing, CWI-NWO
Analysis and Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Institute Leiden University
roeland.merks@cwi.nl; daan.crommelin@cwi.nl; margriet.brouwer@cwi.nl
Arjen Doelman Analysis and Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Institute Leiden University doelman@math.leidenuniv.nl; avdvaart@math.leidenuniv.nl; roeland.merks@cwi.nl
Simon Portegies Zwart Leiden Observatory, Leiden University spz@strw.leidenuniv.nl
Wim Spakman Earth Interior, Faculty of Geoscience, University of Utrecht W.Spakman@uu.nl
Willem Kegel Physical & Colloid Chemistry, Willem Debye Institute, Utrecht University w.k.kegel@uu.nl
Bob Planqué Department of Mathematics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam r.planque@vu.nl
Franjo Weissing Theoretical Research in Evolutionary Life Science group, Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences University of Groningen f.j.weissing@rug.nl
Peter Sloot Computational Science Group, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Amsterdam P.M.A.Sloot@uva.nl; J.F.H.TenHolter@uva.nl
Wim van Westrenen Planetary Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam w.van.westrenen@vu.nl