The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg is seeking an ambitious, highly qualified astrophysicist for a tenure-track staff position within the “Galaxies and Cosmology” department.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop and carry out an independent research program and build up a research group at MPIA. We are particularly interested in candidates with observational, data modelling or theoretical expertise and passion in the areas of high-redshift galaxy evolution, the IGM, galaxy formation simulations, stellar dynamics, or sky surveys. We nonetheless strongly encourage applications from all outstanding candidates whose research interests revolve around galaxies in a cosmological context. The MPIA provides a rich environment for collaboration on galaxies and cosmology, star formation, theoretical astrophysics, sky surveys and instrument development. For more information on research in the department see http://www.mpia.de/en/GC.
MPIA researchers have privileged access to current and emerging state-of-the-art facilities, including JWST, Euclid, super-computing facilities, 4MOST, SDSS, all ESO facilities in Chile (including the VLT(I) and ALMA and eventually the E-ELT), as well as IRAM/NOEMA/30m, Gaia, the twin 8.4 meter LBT in Arizona, and the 2.2 m MPG telescope on La Silla. MPIA researchers profit from close cooperation with the Center for Astronomy at the University of Heidelberg (ZAH) and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). Staff members at the MPIA have the opportunity (but no obligation) to supervise students and to teach and tutor graduate and undergraduate classes at Heidelberg University.
Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. Remuneration will follow the guidelines set for staff members by the Max Planck Society. The appointment will be for an initial period of five years, with tenuring based on a successful performance review. The position includes long-term funding for a postdoc position, computing, publications, travel, etc. We anticipate a starting date in 2018.
Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a research statement (that includes past, current and future research, maximum of 5 pages) by January 15, 2018, and arrange for at least three letters of reference to be provided separately by the same date. All applications and reference letters must be submitted using the online application system: https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mhas/gc_pd_17_14_in.nsf. For inquiries, please contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Fabian Walter (firstname.lastname@example.org). Before submission, candidates first need to register with the online system to generate a registration code, which should then be forwarded to referees for letter submission. The applicant’s cover letter, CV, publication list, and research statement should be concatenated into a single PDF file.
The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from historically underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable childcare.