Excellence Cluster ORIGINS: Postdoctoral position in cosmic microwave background research at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astrophysik
Street Line 1: 
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1
Job Announcement Text: 

We are seeking to fill one postdoctoral researcher position in the area of

The cosmic microwave background (CMB)

This position is funded by the Excellence Cluster ORIGINS, which is an interdisciplinary research network that investigates the development of the Universe from the Big Bang to the emergence of life. Five Max-Planck Institutes, the Ludwigs-Maximillians-Universität (LMU), the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Leibniz Computing Centre (LRZ) are involved in ORIGINS.

The successful candidate will work closely with Prof. Dr. Eiichiro Komatsu, the director of the department of Physical Cosmology at MPA.

The intended research projects include, but are not limited to, the development and implementation of simulation and analysis tools for two CMB experiments and their early science exploitation:

- LiteBIRD (launch 2028), the CMB satellite mission selected by JAXA
- CCAT-prime (first light 2021), sub-mm telescope to measure polarisation of CMB and dust emission at high frequencies

Within these areas, we seek to fill one postdoctoral position intended for a promising young scientist who completed the PhD within the last six years. The term of employment is initially for three years. An additional two-year extension is possible, depending on performance of the fellow.

Salaries are paid at German civil service rates (gross annual pre-tax income including health insurance contributions and Christmas gratification are currently in the range 50.000 EUR to 60.000 EUR, depending on post-doctoral experience).

The MPA is the major German institution dedicated to theoretical, computational, and interpretational research in astrophysics and cosmology. It is situated 10 kilometers north of Munich on a campus shared with the MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory and several other research institutes and university departments. The campus is directly connected to central Munich by subway. The MPA has 14 long-term staff who work with about 40 postdoctoral researchers and a somewhat larger number of PhD students. The Institute runs a vigorous visitor programme and is housed in an attractive, specially designed building with excellent library and computer facilities. It also has privileged access to supercomputer facilities at the neighboring Supercomputer centre of the Max Planck Society. Further information may be found on our web page http://www.mpa-garching.mpg.de.

Interested scientists are invited to apply electronically via


Candidates should upload a full curriculum vitae, a publication list, a summary of current research interests and a statement of how they anticipate their research to mesh with current MPA programmes and ORIGINS on this site by December 1, 2019.

No hardcopies of the electronically submitted documents will be needed. Late applications will be accepted until the posts are filled. The candidates should also arrange for three confidential reference letters to be uploaded on the same site by the same date (no hardcopies requested for the reference letters either).

The MPA is actively committed to equal opportunity in employment.

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Related URLs:  MPA(https://www.mpa-garching.mpg.de/)
             ORIGINS (https://www.origins-cluster.de/en/)

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Professor Eiichiro Komatsu
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Ms Sonja Gruendl