The Infrared Group of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching (near Munich), Germany invites applications for postdoctoral research associates. Our research centers on near-infrared, far-infrared and millimeter, high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy of the Galactic Center and star forming galaxies in the early Universe, and on extragalactic infrared and millimeter interferometric CO surveys. We study star formation, gas content, physical properties and dynamics of high-z galaxies, and black hole formation and evolution. This research is supported by a major program of innovative infrared instrumentation development. For the ESO VLT, we have built the SPIFFI NIR integral-field spectrograph for SINFONI, are participating in KMOS, the near-IR multi-IFU, and are a leading collaboration member of ERIS, a new instrument for diffraction limited imaging and spectroscopy. We are commissioning and routinely using LUCIFER, MOS NIR camera/spectrographs for the LBT. We are investing substantial developmental effort in interferometry and adaptive optics, where we are the PI institute for GRAVITY, an ESO NIR VLTI instrument for precision astrometry and interferometric imaging of faint objects, and ARGOS, a ground layer AO system for the LBT. We encourage applicants with interests in the fields of Galactic Center science, galaxy dynamics and evolution, or IR/submm instrumentation. The flexible starting date could be as early as summer 2014, with a nominal date of Oct 2014. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or related field before starting. The post comes with a generous travel allowance and the opportunity to spend time at UC Berkeley as part of an international exchange program in astrophysics between the Max Planck Society and UCB. Please send a letter of application, a brief description of research interests, a curriculum vitae including bibliography, and three letters of reference by December 15, 2013 to the above address.
The MPE encourages applications from women, minorities, and disabled persons.
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