Postdoc Positions in High-Energy Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
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Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics / High-Energy Group
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Postdoc Positions in High-Energy Astrophysics

Applications are invited for one or more postdoctoral positions in the High-Energy astrophysics group of the Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching, led by Prof. K. Nandra. The appointment will be for 2 years, with the possibility of extension to 3 years.

Applicants must have Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics, or expect to obtain their Ph.D. in the near future.

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 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 is currently completing the assembly of the eROSITA X-ray telescope, due to be launched aboard the SRG mission in 2018. MPE is also a leading institute in Athena, due for launch in 2028. We are also involved in a number of ground-based projects, such as GROND, SDSS-IV, VISTA/4MOST, mostly in support of our space programs. For further details about MPE or the High-Energy group see

The main areas of research of the High-Energy group are:

accretion processes around compact objects (in binaries and/or AGN)

supermassive black hole evolution via X-ray and multi-wavelength surveys

galaxy clusters and the evolution of large-scale structure.

Experience relevant to the research of the MPE High-Energy group is essential. Familiarity with X-ray data analysis and/or interpretation would be highly desirable.

Salaries will be paid at German civil service rates (TVöD-Bund) depending on postdoctoral experience.

Applicants should submit their documents (in PDF format) on our application portal at by 1st Feb 2018, including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a brief (~1 page) description of research interests describing their interests and the names of three referees who will be willing to provide reference letters upon request.

Informal enquiries about the position may be addressed to Dr. Andrea Merloni (

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

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
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