Job offers at MPA

Job offers

PhD in extragalactic astronomy at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA), a world-class center for astrophysics that is located in the beautiful Munich/Garching area in southern Bavaria (Germany). The successful applicant will work with Prof. Dr. Sherry Suyu on cosmology using gravitationally lensed supernovae.
MPA has direct access to the full suite of the European Southern Observatory facilities, and excellent computing facilities. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing and future imaging surveys including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. The MPA and the neighboring institutes in Garching/Munich host a strong research program in astrophysics and provide a stimulating environment.

Applications for the PhD studentship are open to students from all countries. The appointment is expected to start in the spring of 2019 and requires the completion of a MSc degree. Applicants should submit to the email address the following material: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) academic transcripts, and 3) one-page statement of research interests and experience. Applicants should also arrange for at least one letter of recommendation to be sent to the same email address. Full consideration will be given to applications received by February 15, 2019.

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Postdoctoral positions in Theoretical Astrophysics at the
Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany

The MPA is the major German institution dedicated to theoretical, computational, and interpretational research in astrophysics and cosmology. It is situated 10 kilometers north of Munich on a campus shared with the MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory and several other research institutes and university departments. The campus is directly connected to central Munich by subway. The MPA has 14 long-term staff who work with about 40 postdoctoral researchers and a somewhat larger number of PhD students. The Institute runs a vigorous visitor programme and is housed in an attractive, specially designed building with excellent library and computer facilities. It also has privileged access to supercomputer facilities at the neighboring Supercomputer Centre of the Max Planck Society.

Areas of interest for this year's postdoctoral hiring exercise include stellar astrophysics, computational astrophysics and cosmology, the structure, evolution and clustering of galaxies, galaxy clusters, cosmic large-scale structure, gravitational lensing, microwave background studies and physical cosmology. Further information may be found on our web page.

Within these areas, the MPA seeks to fill a number of postdoctoral positions intended for promising young scientists who completed their PhD within the last six years. These are usually three-year and exceptionally five-year positions. Salaries are paid at German civil service rates (gross annual pre-tax income including health insurance contributions and Christmas gratification are currently in the range 50.000 EUR to 60.000 EUR, depending on post-doctoral experience).

Interested scientists are invited to apply electronically.

Candidates should upload a full curriculum vitae, a publication list, a summary of current research interests and a statement of how they anticipate their research to mesh with current MPA programmes on this site by December 1, 2018.

No hardcopies of the electronically submitted documents will be needed. Late applications will be accepted until the posts are filled. The candidates should also arrange for three confidential reference letters to be uploaded on the same site by the same date (no hardcopies requested for the reference letters either).

The MPA is actively committed to equal opportunity in employment.

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