The Landessternwarte (LSW), which is a member institute of the Center for Astronomy of Heidelberg University (ZAH), invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the field of astronomical instrumentation.
The LSW has a strong track record in building spectrographs for major observatories, including the FEROS, FORS1/2, LUCI1/2 and CARMENES instruments. We are currently constructing the high-resolution spectrograph of the 4MOST facility for ESO's 4m VISTA telescope. We are also engaged in the definition of the HIRES and MOSAIC instruments for the 39m European Extremely Large Telescope, and in related technology development.
We are looking for an individual interested in contributing directly to the success of our instrumentation program, in particular to the definition and preliminary design of the MOSAIC multi-object spectrograph. Applicants should have experience in astronomical spectroscopy or instrumentation. Familiarity with multi-object spectroscopy would be a strong asset. A PhD degree in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field is required.
The position can be filled immediately, and is initially available for up to two years. The possibility of an extension for at least two additional years is likely. The salary will be according to the German public service scale TV-L E13.
Candidates are requested to submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a summary of their research experience by November 30, 2018. Applications by e-mail are encouraged. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be provided separately by the same date. Late applications may also be accepted.
The University of Heidelberg is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.