Research Assistants and PhD Students

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, November 20, 2017
Archive Date: 
Monday, December 18, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Department Name: 
Institut für Astrophysik
Street Line 1: 
Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1
Job Announcement Text: 

The stellar and exoplanetary physics group at the Institute for Astrophysics Göttingen (IAG) invites applications for

2 Research Assistants and 2 PhD Students.

We are searching for applications for these positions:
(1) Observations of the Sun: we are regularly observing the Sun using a high-resolution Fourier transform spectrograph as a benchmark for other stars using the Göttingen Solar Radial Velocity Project. This project includes 2 positions in hardware development and data analysis; (2) Understanding Stellar Jitter: with the aim of developing techniques to detect small Earth-like exoplanets with 1 position in data analysis and modelling; (3) Observing Planetary Atmospheres: using the new CRIRES+ spectrograph at the VLT with 1 position in observations and interpretation. The projects are part of the DFG Research Focus “Exploring the Diversity of Extrasolar Planets” which will provide many collaborative opportunities with other groups in Germany.

Our research group offers a young and dynamic work environment where we are participating state-of-the-art instrumentation such as CARMENES and CRIRES+, and the development of E-ELT HIRES. Göttingen is a historic university city with a vibrant student population situated close to the Harz mountains in central Germany.

Successful candidates for the Research Assistant positions will hold a PhD in physics or astronomy and have research focus in stellar or exoplanetary astrophysics. PhD student candidates will have a Master’s degree or equivalent in physics with significant experience in astrophysics. For the hardware development position in Project (1), candidates should have an interest or background in engineering or hardware development. Applications will be considered for all projects and should specify the preferred science topics. 

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 5, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Ansgar Reiners, Sandra Jeffers
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