Applications are invited for the position of a Specialist in Optics or Astronomical Instrumentation with the Leibniz-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS) in Freiburg, Germany, available from May 1, 2019. The selected candidate will preferably be located on Tenerife, Spain, or frequently travel to Tenerife.
KIS is a foundation of public law of the State of Baden-Württemberg and a member of the Leibniz Association. Its mission is to perform fundamental astrophysical research with an emphasis on solar physics. Current research foci include the magnetized solar atmosphere, global magnetic activity in the sun and stars, and high resolution techniques. KIS operates the German solar facilities at the Teide Observatory on Tenerife, including the 1.5 m GREGOR solar telescope, to carry out observations at visible and near-infrared wavelengths, and pursues a forefront instrument development program including solar adaptive optics and high-precision polarimetry. Further information can be obtained via the web page of the Institute.
Applicants should have either a PhD in physics/astrophysics, or a degree related to optics/optical engineering. We expect the successful candidate to support the development of optical instrumentation at the GREGOR telescope, for example adaptive optics, optical modeling, optical alignment, instrument design and testing. Candidates with a PhD can spend a fraction of their time on own research programs in solar physics. The selected candidate will work with the GREGOR lead scientist Dr. Lucia Kleint (email@example.com). KIS is committed to increasing the number of female scientists and therefore encourages qualified women to apply.
The initial appointment will be for a term of up to 2 years according to German legislation and depending on the expertise and scientific standing of the successful applicant. The salary and benefits are according to the rules for government employees of the State of Baden-Württemberg (TV-L).
The application should include a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a confirmation of educational degrees, a list of publications (if applicable), and a max. 3-page research statement describing past and envisioned research (if applicable). Please arrange for two reference letters to be sent directly by the referees to the email address below.
The selection of candidates will start after May 25, 2019. Please send your application via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.