Two Postdoctoral Positions | Infrared / Submillimeter Astrophysics

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Type of Job


Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 22/2021

Job offer from November 04, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching (near Munich), Germany, is one of the world’s leading institutes in astrophysics, combining hardware development with observations, data analysis, laboratory and theoretical work.

The positions

The Infrared Group of the MPE invites applications from talented, ambitious graduating PhD students and 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.

At the end of 2021, we will commission ERIS, a new diffraction-limited imaging and spectroscopic facility for the VLT, and will begin a comprehensive ERIS guaranteed time program on galaxy evolution.  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, and are leading the major upgrade to GRAVITY+. We are also the PI institute for MICADO, a first-light instrument for the ESO ELT.

Our offer

We particularly encourage applicants with interests in studies of galaxy evolution particularly with ERIS, but also with NOEMA and ALMA. Appointments in our other research fields will also be considered.  Postdoc appointments are initially for 3 years, with nominal starting dates in the second half of 2022. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or related field before starting. The salary and full social benefits are based on the German TVöD scale for public employees (E14 for postdocs), depending on experience.

Your application

Please send a letter of application, a 2-3 page description of research interests, a CV including bibliography, and three letters of reference by November 1, 2021 to ; the search will continue until suitable candidates are found.

For scientific enquiries about the positions, 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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