The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg invites applications for a postdoctoral
position to work on topics related to ISM physics, star formation and stellar feedback on small
(<100pc) spatial scales in nearby galaxies in the “Extragalactic Star Formation” group led by Dr. Eva
Schinnerer. The offered position is funded by a grant from the German Space Agency (DLR) in the
context of JWST observations awarded to the PHANGS (www.phangs.org) collaboration.
The successful candidate will help with the calibration and analysis of JWST NIRCAM and MIRI
imaging of nearby galaxies, will carry out research within the PHANGS collaboration, and in particular
will exploit the new JWST imaging, in combination with available HST, VLT/MUSE, and ALMA
observations. Candidates with prior experience in spectral energy fitting, dust modeling, photometry,
HII regions, and.or stellar population synthesis are in particular encouraged to apply.
MPIA researchers have privileged access to the twin 8.4m Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in
Arizona, the 2.2m MPG telescope on La Silla, the Calar Alto 2.2m telescope, and the IRAM millimeter
facilities, including the newly upgraded NOEMA interferometer. MPIA astronomers make frequent use
of all ESO facilities, including the VLT and ALMA, and all are encouraged to lead proposals as
Principal Investigators. MPIA also offers access to a range of local computing clusters and external
super-computing resources. The institute leads or is involved in a number of large science
collaborations and surveys, including SDSS-V, 4MOST, VRO (formerly: LSST), and JWST GTO and
GO programs. MPIA also plays a leading role in the data analysis for Gaia and the preparations for
Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. The position will
be available as early as September 2022, with some flexibility on starting date. The appointment will
be for a period of three years. MPIA aims to provide a stimulating and supportive work environment,
and the successful candidate can draw on funds for publications, computing, travel, training, etc.
Remuneration will be on the German public sector scale, and depends in detail on qualification and
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, brief statement of research interests and
achievements (max. 3 pages), curriculum vitae, and publication list in a single pdf file to
[email protected]. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference separately sent
to the above email address. Applications submitted by August, 21, 2022 will receive full consideration.
The position will remain open until filled. For further information please contact Dr. Eva Schinnerer
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
A good work-life balance is an important concern for us at the Institute. We offer our employees family-
friendly working hours and provide support in finding suitable childcare facilities. The Max Planck
Society has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people. Applications from severely
disabled persons are expressly encouraged. If you have any questions about equal opportunities,
please contact the Equal Opportunity Officer ([email protected]), or Ralf Launhardt ([email protected]) on
the subject of severely disabled persons.
Extensive social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service.