Postdoctoral Positions – Planet and Star Formation, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg

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Deadline: 1 December 2017

Postdoctoral Positions – Planet and Star Formation, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Job code 17-08

Type of Job


Postdoctoral Positions – Planet and Star Formation, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg is seeking a number of dedicated, highly qualified postdoctoral researchers to work in any of the following areas:

  • formation of planetary systems
  • search for and characterization of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets
  • exoplanet atmospheres
  • observational and theoretical studies of the earliest phases of low- and high-mass star formation
  • young stellar clusters
  • extragalactic (resolved) star formation
  • astrochemistry and laboratory astrophysics
  • adaptive optics and IR instrumentation

We are especially looking for applicants who are interested to participate in our JWST GTO disk and exoplanet programs and the GTO interferometry programs with the VLTI GRAVITY and MATISSE instruments. Two or more positions will be available.

Your tasks

The Planet and Star Formation Department at MPIA is pursuing a wide range of astrophysical research, encompassing large observing programs, instrument development, and theoretical modelling (see here for details). A number of exciting research opportunities is available to MPIA, including imaging and spectroscopy at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). In addition, the successful candidates will have access to the Very Large Telescope, the Very Large Telescope Interferometer facility, and the APEX sub-millimeter telescope in Chile. MPIA astronomers also extensively use the 2.2m MPG telescope on La Silla and the IRAM and ALMA facilities.

MPIA is part of the MATISSE and GRAVITY instruments for the VLTI and a partner in the Hat-South transit network. The Department is a leading member of the Heidelberg Origins of Life Initiative. In addition, MPIA is a core member of the radial velocity instrument CARMENES and is part of the SPHERE and JWST/MIRI consortia.

Your profile

Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or a closely related field. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years with a likely extension to three years. MPIA provides funds for publications, travel and computer equipment. The available positions range from independent work within the broad research directions of the Planet and Star Formation Department to more project-oriented positions.

Our offer

The positions have a flexible starting date, with a preferred starting date after summer 2018. The remuneration is based on the German collective wage agreement for the public sector (TVöD) depending on qualification and experience in level E13/E14. Social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service.

Your application

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests by December 1st, 2017. They should also arrange for three letters of reference to be provided separately by the same date. All applications and reference letters need to be submitted using our online application system.

Candidates should first register with our online system to generate a registration code, which must be sent to referees for letter submission. Please concatenate CV, publication list, and research statement into a single PDF file.

For scientific enquires please contact: Thomas Henning, ; for submission enquires please contact: Marina Gilke, 

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people and minority groups are particularly welcome. The MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable child care institutions.

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Königstuhl 17
69117 Heidelberg

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