Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the High-Energy Astrophysics Group of the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching (http://www.mpe.mpg.de), to work with Dr. Patricia Schady on the properties of gamma-ray bursts (GRB) and their host galaxy. The successful applicant will be involved in research on the broadband absorption properties of GRB afterglows, and in investigating how these relate to the conditions of the galaxy as a whole. This position offers excellent opportunities for observations with ESO facilities, and will involve work alongside a diverse and vibrant team of young and experienced scientists.
The programme includes access to the PI-led g'r'i'z'JHK simultaneous imager, GROND (http://www.mpe.mpg.de/~jcg/GROND), mounted at the MPG/ESO 2.2m telescope at the La Silla Observatory (Chile). In addition, it will involve Swift X-ray and X-shooter UV-to-K band spectroscopic data of GRB afterglows, host galaxy emission data from the optical to FIR (Herschel) wavelength range, and the possibility to further extend the multi-wavelength coverage. These data will be used to carry out a detailed analysis on the conditons of the circumburst and intersteller medium along the GRB sight-line, and to study the individual galaxy-stellar and dust emission components. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in GROND observing trips in la Silla, and new ideas and research proposals in the field of GRB host galaxies and their relation with other star-forming galaxies are also encouraged.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas: high redshift galaxies, GRBs, the interseller medium of star-forming galaxies, and chemical evolution of the universe. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, and preferably also previous postdoc experience. Although not essential, research experience on GRB afterglows and their host galaxies is favoured. The appointment is initially for two years with renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory progress.
To apply, email a single PDF containing
- Cover letter
- CV, including list of publcations
- Brief (up to 2 pages) research statement of your scientific interests and the contribution that you would bring to the GRB research programme outline above.
Also arrange for 2 letters of reference to be emailed as PDFs. Complete applications received by January 7, 2013, will receive full consideration.
The Max-Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.