The Center for Astrochemical Studies (CAS; http://www.mpe.mpg.de/CAS) at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching (near Munich), Germany, invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in astrochemistry and observational/theoretical star and planet formation. The overall aim of the project is to study star and planet formation, from the parent clouds to protoplanetary disks, with links to our Solar System, using molecular lines and dust continuum observations as tools to unveil the physical and chemical evolution of gas and dust. This will be done by constraining (magneto-)hydro-dynamical and chemical models with high sensitivity and high angular/spectral resolution observations via the use of radiative transfer codes. Researchers with experience in interstellar dust processing, theory and/or observations of star and planet forming regions are encouraged to apply.
The flexible starting date could be as early as Spring 2017, for 2 years guaranteed with the possibility of extension to up to five years and further career within MPE. Salaries will be paid at German civil service rates (TVöD-Bund) depending on scientific experience. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or related field before starting. The post comes with a generous travel allowance. Please send a letter of application, a brief description of research interests, a curriculum vitae including bibliography, and three letters of reference by December 15th, 2016 to:
Later applications may also be considered in case the post is not filled until January 15th 2017.
The Max-Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer, yet specifically aims to increase the number of female employees.