Astrophysics Staff Positions at MPIA (Tenure-Track) – Reference Number 310
We invite applications for multiple tenure-track staff scientist positions in the APEx Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (www.mpia.de). APEx is a new department, founded in 2020 to characterize the atmospheric physics and chemistry of extrasolar planets. The department’s research interests include: formation and evolution of planetary systems, present-day exoplanet climate and weather, planet detection, the development of purpose-built instruments for planet characterization, and the origins of and search for life in the universe. For more information on research in the department see http://www.mpia.de/en/apex.
We are interested in applicants with a wide range of expertise, including observation of exoplanet atmospheres, theoretical modeling, and instrumentation development. The successful candidate will carry out an independent research program and build up a group at MPIA. New staff scientists will have the opportunity to help shape a vibrant, supportive, and collaborative working culture from the ground up as the APEx Department grows.
All MPIA researchers have institutional access to state-of-the-art observing facilities and supercomputing resources. Staff members have the opportunity (but no obligation) to teach classes at Heidelberg University. The positions include long-term funding for computing, publications, and travel.
Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. Remuneration will follow the guidelines set for staff members by the Max Planck Society. The tenure-track appointment will be for an initial period of five years, with tenuring based on a successful performance review. We anticipate a starting date in 2021.
Candidates should provide a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a research statement (including past, current and future research, maximum of 5 pages). Please concatenate all documents in the order listed above in a single pdf file. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be provided separately. All application materials are due by December 1, 2020 and must be submitted using the online application system:
For inquiries, please contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Laura Kreidberg (firstname.lastname@example.org). For assistance submitting the application, contact the director’s assistant, Carola Jordan (email@example.com).