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IAU Project Developer (0.8-1.0 fte)

Vacancy number
Non-academic staff
0,8 - 1,0
Publication date
11 January 2022
Closing date
20 January 2023 Vacancy closed

Leiden Observatory invites applicants for the position of

IAU Project Developer (0.8-1.0 fte)

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the world-wide organization of professional astronomers. The mission of the IAU is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects (including research, communication, education and development) through international cooperation. The IAU has more than 13500 members from 82 member countries. The IAU Administrative headquarters are located in Paris, France. See https://www.iau.org/ for more information about the IAU.

A key component of the IAU’s activities is the use of astronomy for development and capacity building.  To this end, the IAU has created the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), a joint venture with the South African National Research Foundation; Through the OAD and its regional nodes across the world, astronomy is used to impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). See astro4dev.org for more information on the IAU-OAD. Leiden Observatory hosts the European Regional OAD.

We seek an IAU Project Developer to support the development of IAU initiatives, namely support fundraising efforts. The Fundraiser will be working closely with the IAU Past President Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck, with the OAD Director Kevin Govender, and with the Astronomy & Society group of Leiden Observatory led by Dr. Pedro Russo.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the development of IAU programmes, tailoring them to specific fundraising needs;
  • Develop proposals and cases for support aligned with the IAU Strategy
  • Develop and follow-up funders and initiate contacts with potential (warm) funders.
  • Support relevant activities of Leiden Observatory.

Selection criteria

  • A university degree in science communication, astronomy or any other relevant field;
  • Experience with writing and coordinating grant proposals;
  • Proven skills in written, visual and verbal communications;
  • Knowledgeable in principles and models of public engagement with science;
  • Knowledgeable in science for development and/or science diplomacy;
  • Experience in working with diverse international communities;
  • Knowledge of astronomy;
  • Fluency in English and preferably an excellent knowledge of at least one additional language;

Our organisation

Leiden Observatory (Sterrewacht Leiden), the astronomy institute of Leiden University’s Faculty of Science, is a leading European astronomy research department. It has 20 permanent academic staff, about 50 postdocs and more than 90 PhD students. Leiden Observatory is a partner in the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA), a federation of Dutch astronomical institutes.  Its Astronomy & Society group built up a tremendous experience managing and disseminating European and global space education programmes, such as the IAU100 celebrations.

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.  Leiden is a charming town, in easy reach of good train connections throughout Europe and close to the major airport Schiphol. For more information, see https://www.science.leidenuniv.nl and https://workingat.leiden.edu/.

Terms and conditions

We offer a contract from 15st February 2022 (flexible starting date) to 1st October 2022. Salary range from €3,821 to € 5,230 gross per month (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Some travel is expected as part of the activities.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. In the Netherlands, parental leave is standard for 16 weeks. Child care is available at and near the Bio Science Park.

Please contact Dr. Pedro Russo (russo@strw.leidenuniv.nl) for enquiries and/or questions about the position.

Applications should consist of a CV with a cover letter explaining your motivation and relevant background for the position. Please list one name of people that can serve as reference. All material should be submitted via email: russo@strw.leidenuniv.nl

Review of applications will start on 14 January 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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