Postdoctoral Position in X-Ray Time Domain Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Archive Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Max Planck Institue for Extraterrestrial Physics
Department Name: 
High Energy Group
Street Line 1: 
Gießenbachstr. 1
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MPE is a world-leading institute in space- and ground-based experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in a number of large astronomical projects. The High-Energy group, led by Prof. K. Nandra, carries out major space hardware programs, including the development of X-ray detectors and X-ray optics. The group has contributed significantly to Chandra and XMM–Newton and has recently completed the assembly of the eROSITA X-ray telescope, due to be launched aboard the SRG mission in 2019.

MPE is also providing hardware to the Chinese Einstein Probe Mission, due for launch in mid-2020s, and is a leading institute in ESA’s Athena X-ray observatory, due for launch around 2030.

The main areas of research of the High-Energy group are: (i) accretion processes around compact objects (in binaries and/or AGN); (ii) supermassive black hole evolution via X-ray and multi-wavelength surveys, and (iii) galaxy clusters and the evolution of large-scale structure.

We are also involved in a number of ground-based projects, such as GROND, SDSS-IV and -V, VISTA/4MOST, mostly in support of our space programs. For further details about MPE or the High-Energy group see

Applications are invited for one

Postdoctoral position

in the field of X-ray transients and time domain studies in the High-Energy astrophysics group of MPE in Garching.

The appointment will be for 2 years, with the possibility of extension to 3 years. Applicants must have Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or Astrophysics, or expect to obtain their Ph.D. in the near future.

The successful applicant is expected to perform X-ray time domain studies, including, but not limited to, transients detected in the SRG/eROSITA all-sky survey (to be started in 2019). The applicant shall also coordinate the scientific activities in the High-Energy Group in preparation for the Chinese Einstein Probe mission.

Experience relevant to the research areas of the MPE High-Energy group is essential. Familiarity with X-ray transient time domain studies and/or interpretation would be desirable

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 October 31st, 2018. Review will begin soon after that date, but later applications may be considered if received before the selection process is completed. Three referees should be identified, who can provide letters of recommendation upon request. Prospective applicants can contact Dr. Arne Rau for further information (phone: +49-89-30000-3851; email:

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

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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