The candidates will work in the field of Solar Physics. Position 1 focusses on Machine Learning techniques to classify photospheric and chromospheric solar spectra and to identify features in high-spatial resolution images while the focus of Position 2 is on spectral inversion techniques. Both positions will contribute to the scientific exploitation of high-resolution data obtained with the 1.5-meter GREGOR solar telescope and the 0.7-meter Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT) at Observatorio del Teide, Tenerife, Spain. Tasks include analysis of imaging and near-infrared spectropolarimetric data, high-resolution images, and data from solar space missions. Research topics reach from small-scale magnetic fields over sunspots and active regions to filaments/prominences and coronal mass ejections.
Requirements and Selection Criteria
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in astrophysics or a related discipline at the time of starting the position. Applicants are expected to have experience in scientific coding, preferentially with Python and the Interactive Data Language (IDL). The following skills will be advantageous for the position:
- strong background in solar physics, observations, and instrumentation
- experience in solar spectroscopy and polarimetry
- experience with supervised and unsupervised Machine Learning techniques (Position 1) or spectral inversion techniques (Position 2)
- advanced English skills
A salary depending on the requirements of the German public service collective agreement (professional experience and expertise) with a pay grade of TV-L E13. AIP offers flexible working hours, good opportunities for internal and external training, and an open-minded and cooperative working atmosphere in a modern working environment, very well equipped and located in the middle of a World Heritage Site.
The position is to be filled for a period of 2 years and is suitable for part-time employment.
If you are interested in one of these positions, please send your application preferably digitally as a single PDF file containing a cover letter (indicating your preference for one of these positions), a curriculum vitae, a copy of your Ph.D. degree certificate (or equivalent) or expected degree completion date, a link to your Ph.D. thesis (or equivalent), your list of publications, and a statement of previous research experience (the latter not exceeding two pages) preferably digitally to
Applicants should also arrange for two reference letters. Selection of applicants will begin on 2021 October 1 and continues until the position is filled.
Equal opportunity is an integral part of personnel and organizational development at the AIP, and therefore applications from all genders are encouraged. People with disabilities will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified and capable.
Your application documents will be kept for at least three months after completion of the appointment process. As a rule, your documents will be made available to a selection committee and to the committees and officers to be involved.