Research associate in Plasma Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Potsdam
Department Name: 
Institute for Physics and Astronomy
Job Announcement Text: 

The Faculty of Science, Institute for Physics and Astronomy at the University of Potsdam invites applications for the following position limited to three years, which will be filled by September 1, 2024:

The successful candidate will work 40 hours per week (100 %). The position is classified within remuneration group 13 of the collective wage agreement among the German states (TV-L). The fixed term of employment is in accordance with Section 2 subsection 1 of the German Act on Limited Scientific Contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz or WissZeitVG). An extension is possible if personal and legal requirements are met. This position in plasma astrophysics group is made available due to the joint position that Prof. Huirong Yan holds at University of Potsdam and DESY. Strong tie with DESY (Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron) therefore is expected.

The Institute for Physics & Astronomy at the University of Potsdam supports a broad range of research in observational and theoretical astrophysics. It has close links with the neighboring Leibniz-Institute für Astrophysik (AIP) and Albert Einstein Institute in addition to DESY, which is one of the world’s leading research centres for particle and astroparticle physics.


The Applicant is expected to work on topics in the field of plasma astrophysics. Responsibly processing of research tasks and independent elaboration and performance of courses in the sector of Plasma Astrophysics are included. Attending to master and doctoral students are self-evident. Further scientific qualification (post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation)) is possible. At least one-third of working hours is available for in depth academic qualification.


Completed academic studies at an institute of higher learning (PhD) in Physics or Astronomy is required

Applicants with expertise on plasma astrophysics, MHD and PIC simulations, interstellar and interplanetary turbulence, magnetism are particularly encouraged to apply.

Beside the specialist skills social skills are expected too.

What We Offer:

As a university, we combine the developmental strength of a teaching and research institution with the attractive working conditions of the public sector. The University of Potsdam is a reliable employer that supports its employees with a variety of offers and benefits: • Develop yourself and your professional as well as interdisciplinary competencies in various continuing education and networking opportunities offered by the University of Potsdam. • All locations have good transport connections. They can receive a monthly subsidy for the public transport job ticket and use campus bicycles. • Benefit from a company pension plan, a special annual payment and asset-building services.• Take advantage of the diverse offers from occupational health management as well as university sports. • To improve work-life balance, the University of Potsdam offers its employees flexible working hours and proportional home office hours. You have 30 vacation days per year and are also exempt from work on December 24 and 31. Our service for families can advise you on issues relating to the reconciliation of work and family life.

You can find more information about working at the University of Potsdam at 

The University of Potsdam values the diversity of its community and pursues the goals of equal opportunity regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age, and sexual orientation and identity. Applications from abroad and from persons with an immigrant background are expressly encouraged. The university strives for a balanced gender ratio in all employment groups; in areas where women are underrepresented, women are given preference in case of equal suitability (Section 7 paragraph 4 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act). People with disabilities are given preferential consideration in cases of equal qualifications. In aptitude tests and selection interviews, individual disadvantage compensations are granted that are appropriate to their disability. If a person with a disability would like to make use of individual disadvantage compensation, please state this in the application letter.

Application documents include a CV, a 3-4 page research statement, a list of publications, and the contact info of at least 3 references. The application should be sent preferably by email to [email protected] with the Job ID no. 413/2023 by the deadline of January 08, 2024.

Included Benefits: 

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organizations in Germany. Generous parental leave, state-subsidized childcare, pension, and full medical care are provided to employees at University of Potsdam.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 8, 2024
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 8, 2024
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Huirong Yan
University of Potsdam
Department Name: 
Faculty of Science, Institute for Physics and Astronomy
Zip/Postal Code: 
+49 (0)331 9771601
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Job Requisition No.:413/2023