Postdoctoral Position | Observational Cosmology

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Type of Job


Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 28/2021

Job offer from November 08, 2021

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 position

MPE invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the field of observational cosmology.

We are searching for candidates with experience in galaxy clustering, weak lensing, and/or numerical simulations of structure formation. The successful candidate will work with Dr Ariel Sanchez on the cosmological interpretation of data from galaxy redshift surveys.

Cosmological research at MPE covers both theory and observations and is focused on understanding the nature of dark energy, dark matter, massive neutrinos and inflation. At MPE, the successful applicant will join the consortia of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX), the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) survey, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), and the ESA space mission Euclid.

Your qualification

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in (Astro-)Physics. The appointment will be for initially 2 years with the possibility of extension to 3 years. Start date is September 2022 (flexible). The position provides ample support for travel and publications, as well as access to high-performance computing resources. The salary and social benefits are based on the German TVöD scale for public employees, depending on experience.


Applicants should submit their documents (in English, in PDF form) via our application portal online, including a CV, a list of publications, and a brief description of research interests, by January 10, 2022. Later applications may be considered, if received before the selection process is completed. Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Ariel Sanchez () by the same deadline.

For further scientific enquiries about the position please also contact Dr. Ariel Sanchez.

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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