Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Garching near Munich, Germany. The successful applicant will work with Dr. Adrian Hamers on the dynamical and stellar evolution of multiple-star systems (triples, quadruples, and binaries in galactic nuclei), with an emphasis on compact object mergers and their implications for gravitational wave observations. The new Max Planck Research Group (MPRG) headed by Dr. Hamers will be developing a new code to model the aforementioned systems, and the candidate is expected to contribute to its development and applications. There is also the opportunity for the candidate to pursue additional independent research projects. The ideal candidate has a strong background in theoretical and/or computational astrophysics, and is preferably experienced with stellar/binary evolution.
The candidate will have access to a computer cluster dedicated to the MPRG, in addition to general computing facilities at the MPA. Funds are available for personal equipment and travel. The appointment is for two years, and can be renewed for the third year subject to performance and funding.
The MPA is the major German institution dedicated to theoretical, computational, and interpretational research in astrophysics and cosmology. It is situated 10 kilometers north of Munich on a campus shared with the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory, and several other research institutes and university departments. The campus is directly connected to central Munich by subway. The MPA has 14 long-term staff who work with about 40 postdoctoral researchers and a somewhat larger number of PhD students. The Institute runs a vigorous visitor program, and has excellent library and computer facilities. It also has privileged access to supercomputer facilities at the neighboring Supercomputer Centre of the Max Planck Society.
The appointment is expected to begin on or after December 1, 2019, and requires the completion of a PhD. Applicants should submit CV, publication list, a research statement (preferably no longer than 3 pages), and contact information for three references to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 1, 2019. Late applications will be accepted until the post is filled.
The MPA is actively committed to equal opportunity in employment.
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