Postdoctoral Positions in the Planet and Star Formation Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg (Ref. 371)
The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg is seeking dedicated and highly qualified postdoctoral researchers with observational or/and theoretical backgrounds to work in any of the following areas: planet and star formation, protoplanetary disk evolution, search for extrasolar planets, astrochemistry, laboratory astrophysics and IR instrumentation.
The Planet and Star Formation Department (https://www.mpia.de/en/psf) at MPIA is pursuing a wide range of astrophysical research, encompassing large observing programs, instrumentation development, theoretical modeling, and laboratory astrophysics. A number of exciting research opportunities are available at MPIA. The successful candidates will have access to the Very Large Telescope as well as the IRAM and ALMA facilities.
MPIA astronomers have preferential access to the 2.2m MPG telescope on La Silla, the LBT telescope, the IRAM facility and the APEX sub-millimeter telescope in Chile. MPIA is part of the VLT/SPHERE, VLTI/MATISSE, VLTI/GRAVITY and JWST/MIRI consortia and is strongly involved in the design and preparation for ELT instruments MICADO and METIS.
Postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to participate to ongoing research projects and to develop independent research related to the broad interests of the Planet and Star Formation Department.
Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, chemistry or a closely related field.
Appointments are anticipated for an initial period of three years with a possible extension to four years. MPIA provides funds for publications, travel and computer equipment. The remuneration is based on the German collective wage agreement for the public sector (TVöD) depending on qualification and experience in level E14. Social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service. There is flexibility in starting dates, with preference for starting dates after mid-2024.
Interested candidates should provide the following in their application:
- cover letter (1-2 page)
- brief CV (max. 3 pages)
- publication list
- brief research statement (including past, current, and future research – max. 3 pages not inc. references)
Please concatenate all documents in the order listed above in a single pdf file. Please also arrange for 3 letters of reference to be provided separately (see below).
All application materials are due by January, 8, 2024 and must be submitted using the online application system:
Any time before submission, candidates need to register with the online system to generate a registration code, which should then be forwarded to referees for letter submission.
For inquiries, please contact Henrik Beuther ([email protected]). For assistance in submitting the application, contact Frank Richter ([email protected]).
The Max Planck Society strives for gender equity and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. A good work-life balance is an important concern for us at the Institute. We offer our employees flexible working hours and provide support in finding suitable childcare facilities. The Max Planck Society has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled persons are expressly encouraged. If you have any questions about equal opportunities, please contact the Equal Opportunity Officer ([email protected]), or Ralf Launhardt ([email protected]) on the subject of severe disabilities.