Postdoctoral Positions in the Planet and Star Formation Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg (Reference number 19-12)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Archive Date: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Job Announcement Text: 

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg is seeking dedicated, highly qualified postdoctoral researchers to work in any of the following areas: formation of planetary systems, search for and characterization of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets, exoplanet atmospheres, observational and theoretical studies of the earliest phases of low- and high-mass star formation, young stellar clusters, extragalactic (resolved) star formation, astrochemistry and laboratory astrophysics, adaptive optics and IR instrumentation. One or more positions will be available.


The Planet and Star Formation Department at MPIA is pursuing a wide range of astrophysical research, encompassing large observing programs, instrumentation development, and theoretical modelling (see for details). A number of exciting research opportunities is available to MPIA, including imaging and spectroscopy at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). In addition, the successful candidates will have access to the Very Large Telescope, the Very Large Telescope Interferometer facility, and the APEX sub-millimeter telescope in Chile. MPIA astronomers also extensively use the 2.2m MPG telescope on La Silla and the IRAM and ALMA facilities. MPIA is part of the MATISSE and GRAVITY instruments for the VLTI and a partner in the Hat-South transit network. The Department is a leading member of the Heidelberg Origins of Life Initiative. In addition, MPIA is a core member of the radial velocity instrument CARMENES and is part of the SPHERE and JWST/MIRI consortia.


Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or a closely related field. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years with a likely extension to three years. MPIA provides funds for publications, travel and computer equipment. The available positions range from independent work within the broad research directions of the Planet and Star Formation Department to more project-oriented positions.


The positions have a flexible starting date, with a preferred starting date after summer 2020. The remuneration is based on the German collective wage agreement for the public sector (TVöD) depending on qualification and experience in level E13/E14. Social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests by December 1st, 2019. They should also arrange for three letters of reference to be provided separately by the same date. All applications and reference letters need to be submitted using our online application system at:


Candidates should first register with our online system to generate a registration code, which must be sent to referees for letter submission. Please concatenate CV, publication list, and research statement into a single PDF file.


For enquires, please contact: Thomas Henning – or Henrik Beuther:


Included Benefits: 

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people and minority groups are particularly welcome. The MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable child care institutions.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Henrik Beuther or Thomas Henning