FAQ about MPA
Questions about the MPA (institute and people):
Where is MPA?
What is your research about?
How is MPA funded?
Are there jobs available?
Do I have to be able to speak German to work at MPA?
I am a student--can I do research/get my degree at MPA?
Does MPA offer possibilities "Praktika" or "Praktikumssemester"?
How can I contact someone about a research question?
How about visiting?
I'm from the press--who do I contact?
Questions about MPA research:
General Questions about Astrophysics:
Answers - MPA (institute and people)
The Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics is located at the Garching research campus, near Munich in southern Germany. To get maps and directions, go to the Contact page.
Research at MPA is devoted to a broad range of topics in theoretical astrophysics. Major topics of interest are the areas of stellar physics, nuclear and neutrino astrophysics, numerical hydrodynamics, high energy astrophysics, accretion, galaxy formation and the intergalactic medium, large-scale structure from the Big Bang to today, gravitational lensing effects, investigations of the cosmic microwave background, and physical cosmology. For a more in-depth description, please browse our Scientific Research pages.
MPA is funded partly by the Ministry of Research and Education of the Federal Government of Germany and partly by the state of Bavaria.
Yes, occassionally research positions become available at the MPA. Please go to the Jobs page for offers and more information.
No. All talks and scientific discussions are held in English, and administrative tasks at MPA can be done in English as well.
Yes. Different supervisors offer topics for Diploma and PhD theses. If interested, please send your application (CV, certificates) to:
Mrs. Cornelia Rickl
Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik
D-85741 Garching, Germany
Foreign students interested in a PhD at MPA, please apply to the International Max-Planck-Research School on Astrophysics (IMPRS). Information and application requirements can be found at http://www.imprs-astro.mpg.de/
Yes, for at least four weeks, for pupils and students. But note that we are a theory institute and do not provide work on experiments or in a laboratory. For more information see here.
Send general questions per email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or write a letter to:
Max Planck Institut für Astrophysik
Öffentlichkeitsarbeit (Public Relations)
D-85741 Garching, Germany
You'll get an answer if we have one.
We offer the possibility for visits to school classes or special groups, but, unfortunately, cannot take care of interested individuals. There is a Day of The Open House every second year. For more details see here.
Press or public relations inquiries may be directed to
Dr. Hannelore Hämmerle: (+49 89) 30000 - 3980
Mrs. Cornelia Rickl: (+49 89) 30000 - 2201
Mrs. Maria Depner: (+49 89) 30000-2214)
Dr. Hans-Thomas Janka: (+49 89) 30000 - 2228
Answers - MPA research
To find specific research results, please go to the Scientific Research Section for Preprints of papers and to visit Group webpages. For past research, review the MPA Annual Reports. You may also contact individual scientists.
At MPA, software for the simulation and data analysis of the mission was developed. Scientist of the institute participate in the scientific analysis of the mission data in the areas of astrophysics and cosmology.
Yes, MPA is involved in many collaborations and research networks, both national and international. Please have a look on our Research Collaborations pages.
Answers - General Astrophysics questions
Astrophysics is the effort of humans to unravel the mysteries of our universe and the objects in it, mainly on the planetary scale or larger, involving observational instruments, mathematical calculations and computations, and a great deal of physics intuition.
This depends much on the level of information you are looking for. On a "beyond popular and close to scientific" level we recommend the journal "Sterne und Weltraum". Information can be found at: http://www.astronomie-heute.de/
In Germany you should study physics at a good university and attend astrophysics courses after the Bachelor. A good foundation in mathematics is very useful, experience in numerical mathematics and computer use is highly recommended. Also good knowledge of English is indispensable.