Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the High-Energy Group of the Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching to work with Dr. Patricia Schady on observational studies of star-forming galaxies. This position will include the analysis of the broadband emission properties of gamma-ray burst (GRB) host galaxies in the context of other star-forming galaxy populations at various redshifts. An aim will be to extend this analysis to infrared and submm wavelengths, and to focus on the galaxy stellar, dust and gas content. 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), which provides the means with which to identify dust-obscured GRBs. The position may also include the analysis of X-shooter UV-to-K band spectroscopic data of GRB afterglows to investigate the molecular absorption and emission properties of GRB host galaxies. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in GROND operation shifts, including occasional trips to Chile. 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, GRB hosts, the intersteller medium of star-forming galaxies, and chemical evolution of the universe. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy. 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 publications
- Brief (up to 2 pages) research statement of your scientific interests
Also arrange for 2 letters of reference to be emailed as PDFs. Complete applications received by July 31, 2014 will receive full consideration.
The Max-Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.