Opportunities and Contacts


Postdoc Level

Thanks to the success of a NWO TOP grant proposal led by Ivo Labbe, Jarle Brinchmann, and myself, there are openings for up to two three-year postdoctoral positions in my/our research group starting no later than the Fall of 2017.    The successful applicant will join our team and pursue observational studies of galaxy build-up in the high redshift universe z>=2, exploiting new HST, Spitzer/IRAC, ALMA, and MUSE observations over the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, the five CANDELS fields, and the wider-area data sets over the 1-degree COSMOS field.

The planned scientific endeavors will key on the exploitation of new spectroscopic data from the MUSE GTO program, new Spitzer/IRAC data from two large programs, and an ALMA large program over the HUDF (ASPECS).

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for one of these positions here.

Other significant opportunities for talented researchers wishing to pursue postdoctoral studies in Leiden is the 3-year Oort Fellowship (deadline: December 15, 2016), Marie-Curie reintegration grants, or a prestigious 3-year Veni Grant (deadline: January 10, 2017) with a 250,000-Euro research allowance.  I am happy to collaborate with participants in drafting a proposal to pursue studies in Leiden and exploit the many opportunities available here.

Graduate level

There is an opening for up to one PhD position pursuing observational studies of galaxies in the distant universe using the latest ALMA, HST, Spitzer/IRAC, and spectroscopic data with MUSE.

The new NWO TOP grant obtained by Jarle Brinchmann, Ivo Labbe, and myself also has  an opening for a PhD student pursuing studies of lower-redshift analogues to star-forming galaxies in the distant universe using the unique and very sensitive MUSE data from the large GTO team of which we are members.   The study of low-redshift analogues with MUSE is valuable, due to the high S/N in the MUSE data and the likely similarity of their physical properties to much fainter galaxies in the distant universe.

Applications for either PhD position can be submitted here.

Talented MSc students are also invited to apply for a Leiden/Huygens Fellowship in Leiden to pursue a PhD project together (deadline: January 15, 2017).

Undergraduate level


Phone: (+31)-71-527-8456

Visiting Address:

Rychard J. Bouwens
J.H. Oort Building – room 459
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden

Mailing Address:

Rychard J. Bouwens
Sterrewacht Leiden – Universiteit Leiden
P.O. Box 9513
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands