The Max Planck Institute For Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) is a major partner in the Euclid mission which has been selected for the Cosmic Visions Program of the European Space Agency. The primary goal of the mission is to investigate the nature of dark energy and dark matter by measuring the accelerated expansion of the universe using different independent methods. The Euclid satellite is expected to be launched in 2020 and has a mission lifetime of seven years.
The MPE participates in many areas of the Euclid mission, namely instrument development, Euclid Science Ground Segment and Science Working Groups.
At MPE we offer a post-doc position for the Euclid mission. The successful candidate will work on the development, optimization and comparison of photometric redshift techniques. This will include the exploration of new methods for combining large photometric and spectroscopic redshift samples in the context of cosmological studies. Contributions to related Euclid science such as galaxy evolution, galaxy clustering and lensing are also expected.
We seek motivated candidates who have gained experience with the scientific usage of photometric redshifts in a cosmological context and who are prepared to take on responsibilities within the Euclid project. Experience with the development of photometric redshift codes is very welcome. We expect good communication skills in the English language and the ability and willingness to work in an experienced and highly motivated multi-national team.
The contract can start as early as January 2014 with a six month probationary period. It will initially extend until the end of 2015 and is renewable on a regular basis, possibly until the end of the Euclid mission (currently 2027).
We offer an attractive working environment with flexible working hours at the MPE in Garching. The institute hosts several groups with a broad range of scientific interests covering most fields of astrophysics and cosmology. The MPE is located on the Garching Science Campus together with the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, the European Southern Observatory, the Technical University of Munich, the Leibnitz-Rechenzentrum and the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. The salary will be based on the applicant's qualifications and experience. Applications from disabled persons are encouraged and will be favored when equally qualified. The MPE is committed to increase the percentage of female employees in sectors where they are underrepresented. We want to especially encourage female applicants to apply for these positions.
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For any further question do not hesitate to contact Dr. Roberto Saglia (email@example.com) and Mrs. Christa Ingram (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications should contain a CV, at least three references and a publication list. Please send your application electronically to Mr. Hans-Peter Gschnell (email@example.com). Applications will be considered as they arrive. We encourage you to submit an application by November 30, 2013.