The MPA is the major German institution dedicated to theoretical and interpretational research in astrophysics. It is situated 10 kilometers north of Munich on a campus shared with the MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory and several other research institutes and university departments. The campus is directly connected to central Munich by subway. The MPA has 15 long-term staff who work with about 40 postdoctoral researchers and a somewhat larger number of PhD students. The Institute runs a vigorous visitor programme and is housed in an attractive, specially designed building with excellent library and computer facilities. It also has privileged access to supercomputer facilities at the neighboring Supercomputer Centre of the Max Planck Society.
Current areas of interest include the structure and evolution of single and multiple stars, stellar atmospheres and spectroscopy, supernovae, origin of the elements, star formation, accretion theory, high energy astrophysics, computational fluid dynamics, matter-radiation interactions in extreme conditions, galactic structure and evolution, the physics of active galactic nuclei, gravitational lensing, formation and clustering of galaxies, cosmic microwave background studies, physical cosmology and particle astrophysics. Further information may be found on our web page
The MPA is currently seeking to fill a number of postdoctoral fellowships intended for promising young scientists who completed their PhD within the last six years. These are usually three-year and exceptionally five-year positions. Salaries are paid either at German civil service rates (gross annual pre-tax income including health insurance contributions are currently in the range 40.000 EUR to 50.000 EUR, depending on post-doctoral experience) or through a tax-free stipend at equivalent take-home level.
Interested scientists are invited to apply electronically via
Candidates should send a full curriculum vitae, a publication list and a summary of current research interests and a statement of how they anticipate their research to mesh with current MPA programmes to this address by December 15, 2012.
No further hardcopy of the electronically submitted documents will be needed. Late applications will be accepted until the posts are filled. The candidates should also arrange for three reference letters to arrive by the same date.
The MPA is actively committed to equal opportunity in employment.