Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions in the high energy astrophysics group of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching, near Munich. The positions are available immediately and will be for 2 years initially with the possibility of extension to 3 years. Applicants must have Ph.D in astronomy or astrophysics, or expect to obtain their Ph.D in the near future. Successful candidates will be expected to undertake a program of research in high energy astrophysics.
The primary research interests within the group are in compact objects, black hole evolution, clusters of galaxies and large scale structure. These science themes are addressed primarily using observations in the X-ray band, and the group also undertakes a major space hardware program including the development of X-ray detectors and X-ray optics. The group has contributed significantly to Chandra and XMM–Newton and is currently constructing eROSITA, due to be launched in 2013. We are also involved in a number of ground-based projects, mostly in support of our space programs. For further details about MPE or the high energy group see http://www.mpe.mpg.de or http://www.mpe.mpg.de/heg/www/index.html
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a brief (~1 page) description of research interests to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th March 2012. Three letters of reference should also be sent to the same address by the application deadline.
The Max-Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.