Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) Astrochemistry and Star / Planet Formation

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Type of Job


Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 22/2019

Job offer from October 23, 2019

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching (near Munich), Germany, is a world-leading institute in space- and ground-based experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in a number of large astronomical projects.

The Center for Astrochemical Studies (CAS) at the MPE, invites applications for one Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) in Astrochemistry and Star/Planet Formation (Ref.: 22/2019).

The overall aim of the project is to study the chemical and physical evolution of star- and planet-forming regions, from the parent clouds to protoplanetary disks, with links to exoplanets and our Solar System.

This is done by comparing high sensitivity observations of molecular lines, ice features, dust continuum emission, magnetic fields with state-of-the-art dynamical/chemical models, supported by the experimental work carried out in the CAS laboratories. Researchers with experience in theory/observations of star- and planet-forming regions are encouraged to apply.

The flexible starting date could be as early as Spring 2020, for 2 years guaranteed with the possibility of extension to up to five years and further career within MPE.

Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics or related field before starting.

The remuneration is based on the German collective wage agreement for the public sector (TVöD) depending on experience. Social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service.

The post comes with a generous travel allowance.

Applicants should submit their documents (in English, and in PDF form) online, including a CV, a list of publications, and a brief (~1 page) description of research interests, by December 15th, 2019.

Later applications may also be considered in case the post is not filled until January 15th, 2020.

Three referees should be identified, who can provide letters of recommendation upon request. Prospective applicants can contact Prof. Paola Caselli for further information:

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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