Tenure-track Staff Position, Atmospheric Physics of Exoplanets (APEx) Department, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg (Ref. 327)
We invite applications for up to two tenure-track staff scientist positions in the APEx Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (www.mpia.de). APEx is a new department, founded in 2020 to characterize the atmospheric physics and chemistry of extrasolar planets. The department’s research interests include: formation and evolution of planetary systems, present-day exoplanet climate and weather, the development of purpose-built instruments for planet characterization, planet detection, and the origins of and search for life in the universe. For more information on research activities in the department see http://www.mpia.de/en/apex.
We are interested in applicants with expertise in one or more relevant areas, including observation of exoplanet atmospheres, theoretical modeling, and instrumentation development. The successful candidate will carry out an independent research program and build up a group at MPIA. New staff scientists will have the opportunity to help shape a vibrant, supportive, and collaborative working culture from the ground up as the APEx department grows.
All MPIA researchers have access to state-of-the-art observing facilities and supercomputing resources. Staff members have the opportunity (but no obligation) to teach classes at Heidelberg University and supervise students. The positions include long-term funding for computing, publications, and travel. Remuneration will be on the German public sector scale TVOeD level E15, and depends in detail on qualification and experience. Extensive social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service.
Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. The tenure-track appointment will be for an initial period of five years, with tenure granted on the basis of a successful performance review. We anticipate a starting date in 2022.
Candidates should provide a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a research statement (including past, current and future research, maximum of 5 pages). Please concatenate all documents in the order listed above in a single pdf file. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be provided separately. All application materials are due by 15 November 2021 and must be submitted using the online application system:
For inquiries, please contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Laura Kreidberg ([email protected]). For assistance submitting the application, contact the director’s assistant, Carola Jordan ([email protected]).
The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and strives for a diverse community of employees. Applications from historically underrepresented or disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged. MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable childcare. Extensive social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service. For questions concerning promoting equal opportunity for all employees and prospective employees at MPIA, please contact Thavisha Dharmawardena ([email protected]). Regarding disabilities guidelines and regulations, please contact Ralf Launhardt ([email protected]).