The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg is seeking to fill one independent 'Galaxy and Cosmology' research fellowship to pursue ambitious innovative research projects within the overall scientific context of the 'Galaxies and Cosmology' department. Areas of particular focus in the department include: the internal structure, dynamics, stellar populations and interstellar medium of nearby galaxies, in particular of our own Milky Way; the gas content, star formation, and black hole growth in galaxies; optical near-infrared surveys and high angular resolution observations to understand the drivers of galaxy and AGN evolution; gravitational lensing; quasar absorption lines, the intergalactic medium and re-ionization history of the Universe.
At present, the 'Galaxies and Cosmology' department at MPIA is pursuing a wide range of astrophysical research projects along these lines, encompassing large observing programs, development of adaptive optics, interferometric instrumentation and theoretical modeling.
Outstanding candidates in all areas of astrophysics directly related to galaxies and cosmology will be given full consideration. MPIA researchers have privileged access to the twin 8.4 meter Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona, the 2.2 m MPG telescope on La Silla, the 2.2 and 3.5 m telescopes on Calar Alto, and access to all ESO facilities, including the Very Large Telescope (+ Interferometer) in Chile. MPIA astronomers also extensively use (sub-)millimeter observatories such as the IRAM facilities, APEX and ALMA. The department is a major partner in the ongoing PanSTARRS1 Survey, with focus on the Milky Way structure and the search for high-redshift quasars and is a member in SDSS-IV. It is also involved in larger international collaborations, e.g. KINGFISH, COSMOS, and CANDLES. It has a leading role in the data processing for the Gaia mission and is preparing for the scientific exploitation of the data. MPIA offers also an excellent computational environment as well and candidates will have direct access to a 1000 core Infiniband Cluster dedicated to the group.
Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, with a possible extension for an additional two years. The amount of the fellowship stipend will depend on prior experience. MPIA provides a stimulating work environment and funds for publications, computing, travel, etc. Note that MPIA may also be in a position to offer additional project-oriented post-doctoral positions, and applicants who apply here will automatically be considered.
The starting date is expected to be no later than fall of 2014, but earlier dates are possible.
For further inquiries, please contact F. Walter (email@example.com), S. Berner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any other staff member of the Galaxies and Cosmology Department: http://mpia.de/Public/menu_q2.php?../GC/groups.php.
Candidates should send a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of research interest by December 15, 2013, and arrange for three letters of reference to be provided separately by the same date. All applications and references letters need to be submitted using our online application system at:
Candidates should first register with the online system to generate a registration code, which must be sent to referees for letter submission. Please concatenate CV, publication list, and research statement into a single PDF file.