The Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (AIP) invites applications for a tenure-track position starting in the fall of 2008. For exceptionally qualified candidates, a tenure appointment may be considered. The successful candidate should have a strong research record in the area of galactic archeology/near field cosmology and is expected to carry out a corresponding independent research programme. She/he is foreseen to head a research group at the AIP and to supervise the AIP involvement in large galactic surveys such as RAVE, SEGUE and GAIA.
The AIP is located in the beautiful Potsdam/Babelsberg area, at the southwestern border to Berlin. About 90 scientists work on a variety of astrophysical topics. The AIP is partner in the LBT project and is developing the high resolution spectrograph/polarimeter PEPSI. It has a strong record in the development of instrumentation for 3D-spectroscopy and is a main partner in the development of the VLT integral field spectrograph MUSE. It leads the international RAVE survey and participates in the SDSS.It is involved in the XMM survey science center and participates in the eRosita mission scheduled to launch in 2010. The AIP is currently establishing a remote station for the LOFAR radio telescope. The AIP coordinates the German AstroGrid and features excellent computer facilities and has access to supercomputers. Potsdam further hosts the Albert-Einstein Institute for Gravitational Physics, the Astronomy department of Potsdam University and several other research institutions.
Applications should be sent with the usual materials, including curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests and perspectives, to the address above by May 31st, 2008. Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by the same date. Later applications will be considered until all posts are filled.
The AIP is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women.