The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position to collaborate with Dr. Mirko Krumpe on the follow-up of rare AGN ignition/shut-down events detected by the newly launched X-ray telescope eROSITA. The applicant is expected to lead the data reduction, analysis, and publication of the approved XMM-Newton/VLT large follow-up program.
We encourage applications from scientists (holding a PhD degree in astrophysics or a related field) with experience in reducing X-ray data (in particular XMM-Newton) and analyzing such data with tools like XSPEC. The following additional skills will be advantageous for the position: experience in UV/optical imaging and spectroscopy and its data reduction, scientific coding (in particular python), advanced English language skills, and knowledge in the area of changing-look AGN.
The start date is flexible, but nominally the successful applicant would begin by October 2020. Before starting, the applicants should have obtained a Ph.D. in Astronomy or a related field. The initial appointment is for 3 years. The salary is based on the German public service scale (TV-L E13) and the applicant’s previous experience.
To apply, please send a single PDF file containing a cover letter, a statement of research interests and experience (max 2 pages), a curriculum vitae including a publication list, PhD degree certificate and a link to your PhD work/papers to:
Applicants should also provide the contact information for 3 reference letter writers. Applications received by July 10, 2020 will be given full consideration. Later applications might be considered until the position is filled. More information is available at the AIP website (see www.aip.de/en/career/jobs/jobs-1/postdoc-x-ray-astronomy).