Postdoctoral positions in Observational Stellar Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg (Ref. 14-07) - JRID48492

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October 31, 2014
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October 15, 2014
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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
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Sandra Berner
Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy
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Koenigstuhl 17
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The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg Germany, is seeking an ambitious and highly motivated Postdoc candidate to join the independent Research Group
"Cosmic Abundance Gradients" lead by Dr. Maria Bergemann. The main scientific direction of the group is the study of chemical evolution of galaxies using spectroscopic observations of individual stars and stellar populations.

The successful candidate is expected to carry out research in one of the fields: theory of stellar atmospheres, analysis of the data from large spectroscopic surveys, chemo-dynamics of the Milky Way and other disk galaxies.
Solid knowledge of theoretical physics (atomic physics, statistics, and thermodynamics), expertise in radiation transport modeling, programming, and code parallelisation will be considered highly advantageous. The candidate will work on the development of numerical methods for radiation transport in stellar atmospheres and on the application of probabilistic Bayesian methods in the analysis of large observational datasets. The position entails a variety of scientific approaches and we expect out-of-the-box thinking, autonomy, and independence from the successful candidate.

The research group is a member in several large ongoing and forthcoming stellar surveys (Gaia-ESO, Apogee, SDSS, Galah, Plato), and has direct access to a computer cluster at MPIA and to other supercomputers in Germany. The successful applicant will enjoy stimulating and positive work environment at MPIA, the possibility to develop his/her unique research profile in interaction with leading scientists in also planet-, star- and galaxy-formation.

Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. The appointments will be for a period of two years with a likely extension to a total of three years. Funds are available for computing, publications, travel, and other needs. The salary is based on TVoeD depending on qualifications and experience up to salary group 13 or 14. Social benefits are paid in accordance with the provisions of the civil service.

The starting date is expected to be January of 2015, but earlier or later dates are possible.

Candidates should send a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a statement of research interests by October 15, 2014. The candidate shall outline how his/her programme will mesh with the group’s objectives summarized above and describing his/her suitability for the chosen position. Three letters of reference shall be provided by the same date. All applications and references letters need to be submitted using our online application system at:
Candidates should first register with our online system to generate a registration code, which must be sent to referees for letter submission. CV, publication list, and research statement must be concatenated into a single PDF file.

For scientific enquires please contact: Maria Bergemann  -
For submission enquires please contact: Sandra Berner -

Included Benefits: 

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people and minority groups are particularly welcome. The MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable chid care.