Postdoctoral Position | X-ray Time Domain Astrophysics

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Type of Job


Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 07/2021

Job offer from April 20, 2021

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (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, led by Prof. K. Nandra, carries out major space hardware programs, including the development of X-ray detectors and X-ray optics. The group has contributed significantly to ROSAT, Chandra and XMM–Newton and has built the eROSITA X-ray telescope, which currently performs its 3rd all-sky survey aboard the SRG mission.

MPE is also a leading institute in ESA’s Athena X-ray observatory, due for launch in the early 2030s, and provided hardware to the Chinese Einstein Probe Mission, due for launch in mid-2020s. The group is also involved in a number of ground-based projects, such as the 7-channel optical/NIR imager GROND, SDSS-IV and -V, VISTA/4MOST, mostly in support of the space programs. Further details about MPE and the High-Energy group.

The position

Applications are invited for one Postdoctoral position in the field of X-ray transients and time domain studies in the High-Energy astrophysics group of MPE. The appointment will be for 2 years, with the possibility of an extension to 3 years. Applicants must have Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or Astrophysics, or expect to obtain their Ph.D. in the near future.

The successful applicant is expected to contribute specifically to the analysis and exploitation of XMM-Newton data of Tidal Disruption Events discovered with eROSITA including the interpretation in the multi-wavelength context. Furthermore, the applicant is expected to perform independent studies of nuclear transients from in-active galaxies detected in the SRG/eROSITA all-sky survey. Familiarity with X-ray transient time domain studies, multi-wavelength follow-up, and/or interpretation would be desirable.

Our offer

We offer a very challenging and rewarding international field of work with state-of-the-art technology. 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.


Applicants should submit their documents (in English, and in PDF form) via our online application portal including a CV, a list of publications, and a brief (~1 page) description of research interests, by May 31st, 2021. Review will begin soon after that date, but later applications may be considered if received before the selection process is completed. Three referees should be identified, who can provide letters of recommendation upon request.

Prospective applicants can contact Dr. Arne Rau for further information (phone: +49 89 30000-3851; email: ).

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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