ann17026 — Announcement

Ballet of interacting galaxies
5 July 2017
IAU 100 Year Anniversary Coordinator

Are you an internationally-oriented graduate with a degree in astronomy or science communication and a passion for astronomy, education, public engagement and development? The International Astronomical Union and Leiden University have just the job for you.

In 2019 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will celebrate its 100th anniversary and it will support the implementation of a series of activities and programmes to celebrate this important date. Leiden Observatory will host the IAU 100 Years Celebrations Secretariat.

We are seeking a full-time International Projects Coordinator to lead the implementation of the International Astronomical Union's 100 years celebrations globally at Leiden Observatory.  The astronomy institute of Leiden University is involved in a number of European and global educational and development programmes in Astronomy. Several of these are in close collaboration with the International Astronomical Union. The IAU’s 100th anniversary celebrations in 2019 will include a series of activities and programmes, managed by the IAU 100 Years Celebrations Secretariat hosted by Leiden Observatory.

The International Projects Coordinator will lead the implementation of the International Astronomical Union's 100 years celebrations globally. The main task will be to coordinate activities during the planning, execution and evaluation of the 100 Years Celebrations. The coordinator will work within the Astronomy & Society group of Leiden Observatory and will be co-supervised by the IAU President-elect, Ewine van Dishoeck, and the Astronomy & Society group leader, Pedro Russo.

Details of the main duties and responsibilities of the International Projects Coordinator, of the necessary qualifications and of the job’s conditions can be found in the Leiden Observatory Vacancy Notice.

Please submit your application no later than 30 July 2017 at You will be asked to fill in a web form, to provide contact information for one referee, and to upload a motivation letter and a CV.

More information

The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 10 000 professional astronomers from almost 100 countries. Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.



Piero Benvenuti
General Secretary, International Astronomical Union
Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 43 25 83 58

Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Press Officer
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 320 06 761
Cell: +49 173 38 72 621

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