The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching near Munich is seeking to fill several postdoctoral fellowships in the High Energy Astrophysics group which includes Rashid Sunyaev, Eugene Churazov, Marat Gilfanov and a number of postdocs and students. These positions are in addition to other MPA fellowships announced earlier, see AAS Job Register No 43129. 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.
Candidates should have a strong background in one of the following areas of high energy astrophysics and physical cosmology: physical processes in the epochs of reionization and cosmological recombination, physics of clusters of galaxies, physics of AGN, theory of accretion onto supermassive and stellar mass black holes and neutron stars and their observational appearance in the spectral and timing domains, interaction of radiation with hot astrophysical plasmas. Theoretical and computational scientists are all encouraged to apply. Candidates shouldhave completed their PhD within last six years. The positions are for three years and exceptionally for five years. Salaries are paid either at German civil service rates (with gross annual income including health insurance contribution 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. MPA has 15 long-term staff who work with about 40 postdoctoral researchers and a somewhat larger number of PhD students. The institute also runs a vigorous visitor program.
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 to this address by December 15, 2012. No further hardcopy of the electronically submitted documents will be needed. The candidates should also arrange for three reference letters to arrive by the same date. Prospective applicants can contact Rashid Sunyaev, the MPA director (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
MPA is actively committed to equal opportunity in employment.