FAQ about MPA

FAQ about MPA

Find answers to frequently asked questions about MPA, research, people, articles, data, publications...

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:

Where can I find specific research results?
What is the MPA role in the Planck mission?
Does MPA collaborate with other institutions?

General Questions about Astrophysics:

What is Astrophysics?
Where can I get a good overview of current Astrophysics research?
How do you become an Astrophysicist?


Answers - MPA (institute and people)



Where is MPA?

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.


What is your research about?


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.


How is MPA funded?


MPA is funded partly by the Ministry of Research and Education of the Federal Government of Germany and partly by the state of Bavaria. 



Are there jobs available?


Yes, occassionally research positions become available at the MPA. Please go to the Jobs page for offers and more information. 



Do I have to be able to speak German to work at MPA?


No. All talks and scientific discussions are held in English, and administrative tasks at MPA can be done in English as well.


I am a student--can I do research/get my degree at MPA?


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

Postfach 1317

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/ 



Does MPA offer interships ("Praktika" or "Praktikumssemester")?


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.



How can I contact someone about a research question?


Send general questions per email to: info@mpa-garching.mpg.de


or write a letter to:

Max Planck Institut für Astrophysik

Öffentlichkeitsarbeit (Public Relations)

Postfach 1317

D-85741 Garching, Germany



You'll get an answer if we have one.



How about visiting?


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. 



I'm from the press--who do I contact?


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



Where can I find specific research results?


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. 



What is the MPA role in the Planck mission?


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.

Does MPA collaborate with other institutions?


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



What is Astrophysics?


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.



Where can I get a good overview of current Astrophysics research?


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/  



How do you become an Astrophysicist?


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.








 
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