Physicist/Astronomer (Reference 12-01) - JRID41457

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
February 29, 2012
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
February 29, 2012
Job Details
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution/Company Name: 
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
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Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Knud Jahnke, Ingrid Apfel
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Street Address Line 1: 
Koenigstuhl 17
Zip/Postal Code: 
+496221528 398
+496221528 339
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Job Announcement Text: 

Your task
The position is centered around the development, implementation and verification of a photometric calibration strategy for the NISP photometry channel. Building on an existing concept for the relative and absolute photometric calibration you will devise and implement procedures for dedicated instrumental calibration. These tasks will be carried out in direct collaboration with the instrument scientist, the image simulation scientist and also the engineer responsible for the internal NISP calibration source, all of whom are based at MPIA. All these efforts you will coordinate closely with the overall Euclid science and ESA mission teams. Some part of your time will be available for your own research in the stimulating MPIA research environment.

Your profile
While your work will in many parts be very team-oriented, you are expected to fully take charge of the calibration tasks. You will be supported by the other members of the NISP team at MPIA. We expect a university degree in a relevant field, preferentially astronomy. Knowledge about photometric calibration of astronomical data, particularly with the aim of deriving photometric redshifts of galaxies is advantageous.

We offer
The remuneration is according to the German public salary scale TVöD level 13. Benefits are offered at a level of the public service rules and include unemployment, healthcare and retirement benefits. The posi-tion is in the context of the Euclid mission, with an initial tenure of 4 years, which can be expected to be extended, depending on continued support by the German Space Agency DLR.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and encourages disabled persons to apply. Applications from women and historically under-represented groups are particularly welcome.

Please send your application quoting the reference 12-01 until February, 10, 2012, preferentially in elec-tronic form to or by mail to:

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Human Resources (12-01)
Koenigstuhl 17
D-69117 Heidelberg

Included Benefits: 

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