Postdoc Position | Infrared Group

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Type of Job


Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 24/2020

Job offer from September 15, 2020

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

The Infrared Group of the MPE invites applications from talented postdoctoral researchers. Our front-line research focuses on near-IR-millimeter high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy of the Galactic Center, and of star forming galaxies in the early Universe. We lead studies of star formation, gas content, physical properties and dynamics of galaxies, and black-hole formation and evolution.

This research is supported by a major program of innovative instrumentation development. We are investing substantial developmental effort in interferometry and adaptive optics for ESO; we were the PI institute for GRAVITY, an ESO VLTI instrument for precision astrometry and interferometric imaging of faint objects, now in regular science operations, producing breakthrough results. We are already working on the next major upgrade for this system.

We are soon to commission ERIS a new diffraction-limited imaging and spectroscopic facility for the VLT, and are the PI institute for MICADO, a first-light instrument for the E-ELT.

We particularly encourage applicants with interests in studies of galaxy evolution with ERIS,  interferometric imaging at the highest resolution with GRAVITY, and IR/submm instrumentation.  Appointments in our other research fields will also be considered.

The appointment is initially for 3 years. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or related field before starting. MPE provides a generous travel allowance and the opportunity to spend time at UC Berkeley as part of an exchange program in astrophysics between the MPG and UCB.

The salary and full social benefits are based on the German TVoeD scale for public employees (E14 for postdocs), depending on experience.

Please send a letter of application, a brief description of research interests, a CV including bibliography, and three letters of reference by November 30, 2020 to ; the search will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

For scientific enquiries about the position please contact Linda Tacconi - .

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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