Postdoctoral position in laboratory astrochemistry or observational/theoretical star and planet formation

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Publish Date: 
Monday, November 19, 2018
Archive Date: 
Monday, December 24, 2018
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
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The Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching (near Munich), Germany, is a world-leading institute in space- and ground-based experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in a number of large astronomical projects.

The Center for Astrochemical Studies (CAS; at the MPE invites applications for a

Postdoctoral position in laboratory astrochemistry or observational/theoretical star and planet formation.

The overall aim of the project is to study the chemical and physical evolution of star- and planet-forming regions, from the parent clouds to protoplanetary disks, with links to our Solar System. This is done by comparing high sensitivity observations of molecular lines, ice features and dust continuum with state-of-the-art dynamical/chemical models, supported by the experimental work carried out in the CAS group.

Researchers with experience in laboratory astrophysics, in particular ion traps, or theory/observations of star- and planet-forming regions are encouraged to apply.

The flexible starting date could be as early as spring 2019, for 2 years guaranteed with the possibility of extension to up to five years and further career within MPE.

Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics or related field before starting.

The post comes with a generous travel allowance.

Salaries will be paid at German civil service rates (TVöD-Bund) depending on postdoctoral experience.

Applicants should submit their documents (in English, and in PDF form) online (, including a CV, a list of publications, and a brief (~1 page) description of research interests, by December 31, 2018.

Three referees should be identified, who can provide letters of recommendation upon request. Prospective applicants can contact Prof. Paola Caselli for further information (

The Max-Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019
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