PhD position (m/f/d) Astrophysical Interferometry

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 11/2020

Job offer from March 23, 2020

The Infrared group at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) Garching (near Munich) invites applications for a PhD project, combining instrumentation development for the GRAVITY+ project at ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer with observational studies of centers of galaxies using GRAVITY. We are a leading institute for the development of instruments for large telescopes, and use them for our astrophysical research program that focusses on galaxy evolution in the early universe, local active galaxies, and the Galactic Center.

Our GRAVITY instrument for precision astrometry and interferometric imaging of faint objects is in regular science operations at the VLTI and producing breakthrough results. We are embarking on GRAVITY+ to take near-infrared interferometry to the next level of faint science, all sky, high contrast, milli-arcsecond interferometric imaging. This will provide dramatic improvements of depth and sky coverage by combining upgrades to the instrument proper with wide field dual beam capability and state of the art natural and laser guide star adaptive optics at all four 8m VLTs.

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in astrophysics, physics, or a related discipline at the time of starting the position.

The fixed term position is open immediately or at a mutually agreed time. Salaries are paid according to German civil service rates (TVöD) depending on experience.

Please contact Dr. Frank Eisenhauer () for further information. Applications before May 15, 2020 will receive full consideration. Applications should include a CV and description of research interests. Two referees should be identified, who can provide letters of recommendation upon request.

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 those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

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