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The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the potential host organisations for research fellows (postdoc positions) in the Origins Center of the Netherlands.


Do you have a recent PhD in astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, microbiology, ecology, evolutionary biology, mathematics, computational science, molecular biosciences, or planetary and geosciences? Are you interested in interdisciplinary, high-profile research into the fundamentals of life in the universe? The Origins Center is recruiting for six three-year postdoc research fellowship positions in the Netherlands. For further information please refer to the job advertisement.

About 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 groundworks 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 extraterrestrial life and developing the mathematical understanding needed for bridging large spatial, temporal and organisatorial scale differences.

Pathfinder projects

Fellowships are available within each of the following five projects:

  1. Developing, testing and operating the Origins Simulator
  2. Identifying factors enabling predictability of evolution
  3. Building and directing life
  4. Modelling planet earth as an exoplanet
  5. Mathematically understanding downward causation.

IAS as host organisation

The Institute of Advanced Study of the University of Amsterdam is one of the potential host organisations for the pathfinders projects 1, 2 and 5.