Postdoctoral Positions (m/f/d) | Experimental Infrared / Submillimeter Astrophysics

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Type of Job


Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 03/2024

Job offer from February 06, 2024

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching (near Munich), Germany, is a world-leading institute which develops and operates state-of-the-art astronomical instruments for both ground-based and space-based applications. MPE is divided into four major research areas. The Infrared Group of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics invites applications from talented, ambitious graduating PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in experimental astrophysics. 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 are the PI institute for GRAVITY, a unique 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, the first-light instrument for the 39-meter ESO ELT, which will come online later this decade. We have recently commissioned ERIS, a new diffraction-limited imaging and spectroscopic facility for the VLT, and are undertaking a 5-year ERIS guaranteed time program on z~2 galaxy dynamics and the Galactic Center. 

Postdoctoral Positions in Experimental Infrared/ Submillimeter Astrophysics (m/f/d) - job code 03/2024

The positions will be in the area of experimental astrophysics, focusing on MICADO and next generation interferometry. Postdoc appointments will start as soon as possible in 2024. Applicants should have a PhD in physics, 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.

The full-time position is initially for three years and then a possibility for an extension (WissZeitGesetz), depending on mutual agreement.

Your application

Please send us your application with a motivational letter and a CV including bibliography by March 31st, 2024. We also require three letters of reference to be sent directly to us ().

The search will continue until suitable candidates are found. For scientific enquiries about the positions, please contact Linda Tacconi – or Frank Eisenhauer – .

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people and minority groups are particularly welcome.

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