Postdoctoral Fellowship in High-Energy Astrophysics, 2018 – Germany

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Applications are invited for one or more postdoctoral positions in the High-Energy astrophysics group of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics(MPE) in Garching, led by Prof. K. Nandra. The appointment will be for 2 years, with the possibility of extension to 3 years.

Your profile

Applicants must have Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics, or expect to obtain their Ph.D. in the near future.

MPE is a world-leading institute in space- and ground-based experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in a number of large astronomical projects. The high-energy group carries out major space hardware programs, including the development of X-ray detectors and X-ray optics. The group has contributed significantly to Chandra and XMM–Newton and is currently completing the assembly of the eROSITA X-ray telescope, due to be launched aboard the SRG mission in 2018. MPE is also a leading institute in Athena, due for launch in 2028. We are also involved in a number of ground-based projects, such as GROND, SDSS-IV, VISTA/4MOST, mostly in support of our space programs.

The main areas of research of the High-Energy group are:

  • accretion processes around compact objects (in binaries and/or AGN)
  • supermassive black hole evolution via X-ray and multi-wavelength surveys
  • galaxy clusters and the evolution of large-scale structure.

Experience relevant to the research of the MPE High-Energy group is essential. Familiarity with X-ray data analysis and/or interpretation would be highly desirable.

Our offer

Salaries will be paid at German civil service rates (TVöD-Bund) depending on postdoctoral experience.

ApplicationApplicants should submit their documents (in PDF format) on our online application portal by 1st Feb 2018, including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a brief (~1 page) description of research interests describing their interests and three letters of reference.


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