The Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH) invites applications for the Gliese Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, named in honor of Wilhelm Gliese (1915 - 1993) and his pioneering astrometric studies of stars in the solar neighborhood.
The Gliese Postdoctoral Fellowship provides a competitive stipend and a generous research budget for up to three years (initially awarded for two years) to outstanding postdoctoral researchers in any area of astronomy or astrophysics in which scientists at ZAH are active. The goal of the Gliese Fellowship is to offer scientists typically within a few years after receipt of their PhD the best possible opportunities to develop their talents within a fruitful and inspiring scientific environment. The successful Gliese Fellow will enjoy great freedom in their research activities. Women and disabled persons are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a one-page research plan to the e-mail address given below by November 30, 2013. The applicants should also ensure that three letters of recommendation by scientists familiar with their work be sent to us by that date as well. The appointment is expected to start in fall 2014.
The Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (URL: www.zah.uni-hd.de) consists of three institutes: Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI), Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA) and Landessternwarte Königstuhl (LSW). The ZAH represents the largest center of astronomical research at any German university. Scientific activities at ZAH cover a wide range of fields in observational and theoretical research, extending from planet and star formation, exoplanet searches, Galactic astronomy, galaxy formation and evolution, gravitational lensing, to large-scale structure and cosmology. The ZAH is involved in the development of astronomical instrumentation, it leads the German efforts in the preparation of the Gaia satellite mission (to be launched in November 2013), it is a partner in the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) and participates in major international survey projects. The ZAH features excellent local computing facilities as well as access to large supercomputers and participates in Virtual Observatory and eScience activities. There are strong collaborative ties with the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and with the local Max-Planck-Institutes for Astronomy (MPIA) and for Nuclear Physics (MPI–K). Heidelberg and the ZAH thus offer a rich and stimulating environment for astrophysical research.
Applications for the Gliese Postdoctoral Fellowship as well as letters of recommendation should be
sent by November 30, 2013 to Dr. Guido Thimm at firstname.lastname@example.org.