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SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

We place high demands on our employees, just like we do on our instruments and science. We only achieve this high level of performance when one plus one equals three. When colleagues keep inspiring and challenging each other. This benefits the quality of our instruments and our scientific output. I am very happy to offer good support for this from my profession.

Sandra van Gessel

HR Manager

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We are committed to workplace diversity and an inclusive culture. Therefore, we strongly invite people from all imaginable backgrounds to apply. Everyone is different and has unique talents. We embrace that because it makes us strong and innovative. We like it when you are an enrichment to our organization.

Our one sun, when viewed in many different ways.

Image: NASA

Lorenza Ferrari

“I am happy to work at SRON. SRON lets you follow your ambitions and develop yourself, in the direction and in the way you choose and supports that. It is an organization that allows you to find a good balance between work and family.”

Lorenza Ferrari, Instrument Scientist
Photo: Academic Stories

See: Lorenza Ferrari finds work-life balance and fulfills ambitions

Gerrit Boer

“I have been working at SRON in Utrecht since 2016 for 20 hours a week. My housekeeper’s job fits me like a glove. Refurbishing things, Running check-up rounds, the variety and the nice colleagues, that all fits me well.

I became ill 13 years ago, and as a result I was declared unfit for work for 50%. Fortunately, I can accomplish my 20 hours here very well, and with a lot of pleasure.

Gerrit Boer, Housing & Facility employee
Photo: Mark Leeman


Sander van Loon and Nathalie Gorter

“Once hardware flies, it has to be 100% good. After it’s launched, we can’t reach it anymore. In our jobs, we need to keep each other on edge at all times.”

Sander van Loon,

research instrumentmaker & flighthardware assembler

Nathalie Gorter,

quality controller

Photo: Mark Leeman

See: The instrument maker and the quality controller

Rens Waters


“What excites me most is the thrill of discovery. There are fundamental questions that humanity is asking. And to be part of big international teams that help to answer these questions and to bring humanity forward, I think, is a privilege”

Rens Waters, professor Astrophysics
Photo: NWO


Jelle de Plaa

“As a child, I was fascinated by exotic worlds. Apart from strange landscapes, dinosaurs and life under water, especially the starry sky stimulated my imagination.

Now, as an astronomer, I study the largest structures in the universe and the black holes that blow bubbles into them. I use special space telescopes for this purpose, but once started looking at stars with a telescope from the back garden”.


Jelle de Plaa, Astrophysicist
Photo: SRON

Henk van Weers

“I really wanted a job in which I could stay involved in what I design from start to finish. To experience the development of a space instrument from the drawing board to the launch, and then even the data analysis, that’s unique”.

Henk van Weers, Mechanical Design Engineer
Photo: Karlijn Meinders, BNR Nieuwsradio

See: Henk about his work

Zhenlin Zhu

“SRON provides a nice working environment and gives a lot of support to PhD students to help start their career. As a second-year PhD in the Astrophysics group, I enjoy my research about the large scale structures of our universe and I especially appreciate the close collaborations with my colleagues.”

Zhenlin Zhu, PhD fellow
Photo: SRON