Postdoctoral Positions in Galactic Radio and (Sub)millimeter Astronomy - MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUER RADIOASTRONOMIE
The Millimeter and Submillimeter Astromnoy Department or the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie (MPIfR) in Bonn, Germany, is seeking several highly qualified postdoctoral researchers with solid experience in cm-to-sub(mm) interferometry and also single-dish observations of star forming regions.
One of the department’s major current projects is the GLOSTAR survey, which is to contribute to a Global View of Star Formation in the Milky Way. It consists of a sensitive radio survey of the Northern Galactic plane with the K. G. Jansky Very Large Array at a frequency of 4-8 GHz that simultaneously with the continuum radiation and radio recombination lines covers the 4.8 GHz formaldehyde and the 6.7 GHz methanol maser lines with high spectral resolution. The data have been collected. Supplementary single dish data obtained with the Green Bank and the Effelsberg radio telescopes will be combined with the JVLA data. The successful applicants will work on the data reduction and the astronomical exploitation of this unique dataset.
Complementary to the JVLA survey, the applicants are expected to play a strong role in the planning and execution of a survey of the southern Galactic plane with the MeerKAT interferometer in South Africa, using the 1.7–3.3 GHz frequency band that is contributed by the MPIfR to that project.
In addition, we are seeking researchers who investigate synergies between this radio and submillimeter wavelength data that were collected in follow-up research to the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL) 870 µm dust continuum survey. These include multi-wavelength spectral line data collected with single dish telescopes and ALMA and NOEMA. Science objectives here include zooming in on pre- and protostellar clumps and excitation and chemical analyses of their molecular gas content and establishing relations between dust and free-free emission. The applicants will work on the scientific exploitation of the data and the planning and observation offurther follow up programs.
The MPIfR offers a vibrant research environment with a strong expertise in star formation and interferometry. It is the leading radioastronomical institute in Germany, operates the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg, which is a key element of the European VLBI Network, holds a 55% share of the observing time with the APEX telescope in Chile and offers access to the IRAM instruments and SOFIA.
The contract duration is 2 years with the possibility of extension.
Salaries are paid at German civil service rates according to TvÖD 13/14 (gross annual pre-tax income including health insurance contributions and social security currently in the range 40.000 EUR to 50.000 EUR, depending on experience).
Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. Interested candidates should send application materials including curriculum vitae, list of publications, a two-page summary of relevant experience and plans, and the names of three professional referees who have been asked by the applicant to be willing to submit letters of recommendation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initial review of applicants will begin on January 15, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie
Prof. Karl M. Menten
Auf dem Hügel 69
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The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people and minority groups are particularly welcome. The MPIfR supports its employees in their search for suitable child care.