M2FINDERS-1 Two postdoctoral positions in radio astronomy (MPIfR in Bonn/Germany)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, October 15, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 12, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Institution/Company: 
Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Department Name: 
Radio Astronomy/Very Long Baseline Interferometry
Street Line 1: 
Auf dem Huegel 69
City: 
Bonn
State/Province: 
NRW
Zip/Postal: 
53121
Country: 
Germany
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) is the leading radio astronomical institute in Germany. It operates the 100-m radio telescope in Effelsberg (as a single telescope and as an element of the European VLBI Network - EVN and the Global Millimetre VLBI Array - GMVA), the LOFAR DE1 (part of the International LOFAR Telescope), the APEX telescope in Chile (also an element of the Event Horizon Telescope - EHT), and a state-of-the-art VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) correlator. The department of Radio Astronomy/VLBI, led by Prof. Dr. J. A. Zensus, has a broad research portfolio, with a focus on compact extragalactic objects (AGN) and their broad-band emission, through very-high-resolution studies with mm- and space-VLBI imaging and blazar monitoring.

The MPIfR is recruiting up to two postdoctoral researchers in Radio Astronomy to join the project M2FINDERS (Mapping Magnetic Fields with INterferometry Down to Event hoRizon Scales). M2FINDERS is led by Prof. Zensus as the principal investigator, with funding from the European Research Council (grant agreement No 101018682). The project will use multifrequency polarimetric, spectral, and astrometric measurements to measure and model the strength and the three-dimensional morphology of the magnetic field in the immediate vicinity of supermassive black holes in order to probe the physical conditions on the event horizon scale. The project will comprise a dedicated in depth study of prominent nearby AGN, using multifrequency VLBI observations with the VLBA and EVN at 15, 22, and 43 GHz, the GMVA at 86 GHz, and the EHT at 230 GHz. The successful candidates will work on reconstruction of the 3D structure of the magnetic field near supermassive black holes in these AGN. One of the two positions will be dedicated to development and application of methods for obtaining information about the magnetic field from polarisation mapping and Faraday rotation, turnover frequency imaging, and frequency dependent opacity (core shift). The other position will focus on developing and applying analytical and numerical modelling frameworks for estimating the strength and reconstructing the morphology of magnetic field from the observational measurements listed above. The two researchers will be working in close coordination with each other and with the entire M2FINDERS team.

There will also be opportunities to supervise and collaborate with PhD students and gain teaching experience in the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IMPRS).

Interested and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by submitting their curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a research motivation letter. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the MPIfR application portal at the address given below by December 31, 2021.

Included Benefits: 

The initial appointments are for two years with the possibility of extension after review. The anticipated starting date is February 2022, or later. The recruitment process will remain open until the positions are filled. Remuneration is within the framework of the German wage agreement for the public service (TVöD-Bund) in level 13.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 31, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 31, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Prof. Dr. J. Anton Zensus
Title: 
Director
Institution/Company: 
Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Department Name: 
Radio Astronomy/Very Long Baseline Interferometry
Street Line 1: 
Auf dem Huegel 69
City: 
Bonn
State/Province: 
NRW
Zip/Postal Code: 
53121
Country: 
Germany
Phone: 
+49228525298
FAX: 
+49228525229
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
MPIfR-Bonn-Sci-009
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Prof. Dr. Eduardo Ros
Subject: 
M2FINDERS-1 ONE POSTDOCTORAL POSITION