MPIA Fellowship and Postdoctoral Research Positions (Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Archive Date: 
Monday, December 3, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Department Name: 
Galaxies and Cosmology
Street Line 1: 
Koenigstuhl 17
Job Announcement Text: 

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg invites applications for several postdoctoral positions to pursue innovative research projects within the scientific context of the Galaxies and Cosmology department. Active research areas in the department include: stellar atmosphere modeling, stellar populations and Galactic archaeology from spectroscopic surveys and the Gaia mission; dynamics, ISM, and star formation in nearby galaxies; galactic nuclei and AGN; galaxy evolution (observational and theoretical), the epoch of reionization, and high redshift quasars. Our activities include large observing programs, the analysis of data from large surveys, instrumentation development, and theoretical modeling and simulations. We also host a number of MPG, Humboldt, and ERC research groups.

We are seeking to fill positions in several research groups. In addition, exceptional candidates in all areas of astrophysics broadly related to the above topics will be considered for an independent fellowship position. For details on all open positions see the following link:

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. Postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to lead proposals as Principle Investigators. MPIA astronomers make frequent use of all ESO facilities including the VLT and ALMA, and all are encouraged to lead proposals on all these facilities as Principal Investigators. MPIA also offers access to a range of local computing cluster and external super-computing resources. The institute leads or is involved in a number of large science collaborations and surveys, and it plays a leading role in the data analysis for Gaia and the preparations for Euclid.

Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. The appointments will be for three or four years, depending on research group. The starting dates are expected to be no later than autumn 2019; earlier dates may be possible for individual positions. The MPIA provides a stimulating work environment, and funds for publications, computing, travel, etc. Remuneration will be on the German public sector scale (TVOED level E13/E14), and depends on qualification and experience. Social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service.

For inquiries, please contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Jörg-Uwe Pott (, or any of the staff members in the Galaxies and Cosmology department (

Candidates should send a cover letter (indicating the position(s) of interest), CV, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests by December 1st, 2018, and arrange for three letters of reference to be provided separately by the same date. All applications and reference letters must be submitted using the online application system:

Before submission, candidates first need to register with the online system to generate a registration code, which should then be forwarded to referees for letter submission. The cover letter, CV, publication list, and research statement must be concatenated into a single PDF file.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from historically underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable childcare.



Included Benefits: 

Social benefits are granted according to the regulations for German public service.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 30, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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