Postdoctoral Position in the "Origins of Life Lab" of the Planet and Star Formation Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Department Name: 
Planet and Star Formation
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Postdoctoral Position in the “Origins of Life Lab” of the Planet and Star Formation Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg (Reference number ERC-307)


The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg is seeking a highly dedicated postdoctoral fellow for its newly established “Origins of Life Lab”. In close collaboration with the Trapp group in Munich and the Jäger laboratory astrophysics group in Jena, experiments are planned with the goal to create complex organic molecules and nucleotides in molecular ice.


Experience in one or more of the fields, high-resolution mass spectroscopy, laser desorption (MALDI), organic chemistry of nucleotides, ultra-high vacuum systems, is required.


Applicants should have a PhD in chemistry or physics or a closely related field. The appointment will be for three years. MPIA provides funds for publications, travel, computer, and laboratory equipment.


The position has a flexible start date, with a preferred start date no later than January 2021. The remuneration is based on the German collective wage agreement for the public sector (TVöD) depending on qualification and experience in level E13/E14. Social benefits are granted according to the regulations of public service.


Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests by November 15th, 2020. They should also arrange for three letters of reference to be provided separately by the same date. All application material needs to be submitted in one pdf file and be sent to Daniela Scheerer ( Reference letters should also be sent to this email address with the name of the applicant clearly stated in the subject line of the email.


For enquiries, please contact: Thomas Henning –


The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people and minority groups are particularly welcome. The MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable child care institutions.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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Postdoctoral Position "Origins of Life Lab"