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Job and PhD adverts:

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowship
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Deadline: 1st December 2014

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The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg is seeking to fill a number of post-doctoral positions to pursue ambitious innovative research projects within the overall scientific context of the Galaxies and Cosmology department. Active research areas in the department include: stellar populations, stellar spectroscopy, dynamics and the interstellar medium of nearby galaxies, in particular of our own Milky Way; the gas content, star formation, and black hole growth in galaxies over cosmic time; optical near-infrared surveys and high angular resolution observations and related instrumentation; the intergalactic medium and re-ionization history of the Universe.

At present, the Galaxies and Cosmology department at MPIA is pursuing a wide range of astrophysical research projects along these lines, encompassing large observing programs, the analysis of large surveys, instrumentation development and theoretical modeling. It also hosts four independent MPG research groups, and an Emmy-Noether research group. Candidates from all areas of astrophysics directly related to stars, galaxies, AGN, and cosmology will be given full consideration. This year, research directions of particular, but not exclusive, interest include stellar spectroscopic modeling, Galactic chemo-dynamics, stellar populations and dynamics of nearby galaxies, ISM and AGN studies at low and high redshift, and studies of the inter- and circumgalactic medium.

MPIA researchers have privileged access to the twin 8.4 meter Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona, the 2.2 m MPG telescope on La Silla, and Calar Alto Observatory, and access to all ESO facilities, including the VLT. MPIA astronomers also use the (sub-)millimeter observatories ALMA, IRAM, and APEX extensively. In addition, MPIA researchers have access to a range of (super-)computing facilities. MPIA is a major partner in the ongoing PanSTARRS1 Survey and a full member in SDSS-IV (MANGA, eBOSS, APOGEE). It has a leading role in the data processing for the Gaia mission and is preparing for the scientific exploitation of these data. It is also involved in a number of large collaborations, e.g. KINGFISH, Gaia-ESO, ALESS, CALIFA, PAWS.

Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, with an expected extension for a 3rd year. MPIA provides a stimulating work environment and funds for publications, computing, travel, etc. The starting date is expected to be no later than fall of 2015, but earlier dates are possible.

For further inquiries, please contact the chair of the search committee, F. Walter ( or any of the staff members in the Galaxies and Cosmology Department

Candidates should first register with the online system to generate a registration code, which should be forwarded to referees for letter submission. The CV, publication list, and research statement must be concatenated into a single PDF file.

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

Sumission Address for Resumes/CVs: Attention To: Fabian Walter, Dr.
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Koenigstuhl 17, Heidelberg, 69117, Germany