The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg is seeking a number of ambitious, highly qualified post-doctoral researchers to conduct cutting edge research in one of the following areas: the internal structure, dynamics, populations and ISM of nearby galaxies, including in particular the Milky Way; the gas content, star formation, and black hole growth in galaxies; optical near-infrared surveys to understand the drivers of galaxy and AGN evolution; the search for the highest quasars; and quasar absorption lines studies of the intergalactic and circum-galactic media. At present, the Galaxies and Cosmology Department at MPIA is pursuing a wide range of astrophysical research projects along these lines, encompassing large observing programs, instrument development, and theoretical modeling.
MPIA researchers have institutional access to the twin 8.4 meter Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona, the 2.2 m MPG telescope on La Silla, the 2.2m and 3.5 m telescopes on Calar Alto, as well as the IRAM 30m telescope and Plateau de Bure Interferometer in the (sub-)millimeter. MPIA astronomers also have access to and extensively use ESO facilities, including the Very Large Telescope(+ Interferometer) in Chile and (sub-)millimeter observatories such as APEX and ALMA. MPIA is a major partner in the ongoing PanSTARRS1 Survey, with a focus on Milky Way structure and high-redshift quasars. It has a leading role in data processing for the Gaia mission and is preparing for the scientific exploitation of the data. MPIA also offers an excellent computational environment.
Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years with a likely extension to a total of three years. MPIA provides a stimulating work environment and funds for publications, computing, travel, etc. The available positions range from independent work within the research direction of the Galaxies and Cosmology Department to more project-oriented positions. We anticipate making at least five appointments. Further information on the positions can be found here: http://www.mpia.de/GC/gc_jobs.php
The starting date is expected to be no later than autumn 2013, but earlier dates are possible. For further inquiries, please contact H.-W. Rix or any of the department staff members listed at: http://mpia.de/Public/menu_q2.php?../GC/contact.php
Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests by December 1, 2012, and arrange for three letters of reference to be provided separately by the same date. All applications and references letters must be submitted using our online application system at:
Candidates should first register with the online system to generate a registration code, which must then be sent to referees for letter submission. Please concatenate the CV, publication list, and research statement into a single PDF file.