Postdoctoral Position in High Energy Galaxy Cluster Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Archive Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2018
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
Department Name: 
High Energy Group
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Gießenbachstr. 1
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The Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) is a world-leading institute in space- and ground-based experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in a number of large astronomical projects. The High-Energy group, led by Prof. K. Nandra, carries out major space hardware programs, including the development of X-ray detectors and X-ray optics. The group has contributed significantly to Chandra and XMM–Newton and has recently completed the assembly of the eROSITA X-ray telescope, due to be launched aboard the SRG mission in 2019. MPE is also a leading institute in ESA L2 Athena X-ray observatory, due for launch around 2030. The main areas of research of the High-Energy group are: (i) accretion processes around compact objects (in binaries and/or AGN); (ii) supermassive black hole evolution via X-ray and multi-wavelength surveys, and (iii) galaxy clusters and the evolution of large-scale structure. For further details about MPE or the High-Energy group see

Applications are invited for one

Postdoctoral position

in the area of galaxy cluster astrophysics within the High-Energy Group at the MPE in Garching.

The appointment will be for 2 years, with the possibility of extension to 3 years. Applicants must have Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or Astrophysics, or expect to obtain their Ph.D. in the near future.

The successful applicant will work with Dr. Jeremy Sanders on a DLR-funded project to analyse deep XMM-Newton observations of nearby galaxy clusters to examine the velocity and thermodynamic structure associated with AGN feedback and merger processes.

Experience relevant to such a line of research is essential. Familiarity with X-ray data analysis, X-ray spectroscopy and the astrophysics of galaxy clusters would be highly desirable.

The position is available immediately. The salary is based on the standard German TVöD scale for civil servants and depends on experience.

Applicants should submit their documents (in English, and in PDF form) online ( ), including a CV, a list of publications, and a brief (~1 page) description of research interests, by October 31st, 2018. Review will begin soon after that date, but later applications may be considered if received before the selection process is completed. Three referees should be identified, who can provide letters of recommendation upon request. Prospective applicants can contact Dr. J. Sanders for further information (phone: +49-89-30000-3340; email: ) .

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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