Postdoctoral Research Positions (m/f/d) in Theoretical/Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Positions (m/f/d) in Theoretical/Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology who will strengthen our research in the section Cosmology and High-energy Astrophysics. The successful applicant will be expected to pursue their own research priorities that are synergetic to those of this section. Research in this section is largely based on developing numerical codes and performing large computer simulations to understand the physics of galaxy formation in a broad sense from plasma to cosmological scales, including the interstellar, circum- and intergalactic media, galaxies, galaxy clusters, the large-scale structure of the Universe around us as well as chemodynamical models of the Milky Way.

Candidates with experience in theoretical and computational astrophysics and an interest (though not necessarily experience) in any of the aforementioned areas are encouraged to apply. Applicants need to have a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a closely related field by the beginning of the appointment. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years (with a possible extension of up to a maximum of 5 years in total). The position is anticipated to start in fall 2023, but this is subject to individual arrangements.

To apply, please register at the AIP recruitment portal and follow the instructions to upload the following documents, all in PDF format: a cover letter motivating your application, your curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a plan of future research (max. 3 pages) and past accomplishments (max. 2 pages), and the names of three individuals willing to provide reference letters upon request. Applications received before November 15, 2022 will receive full consideration.

The AIP continues the tradition of the Astrophysical Observatory Potsdam and the Berlin Observatory. It is located in the beautiful Potsdam/Babelsberg area, at the South-western border of the Berlin metropolitan area. About 150 scientists work on a variety of astrophysical topics covering the full range from solar physics to cosmology. The AIP features excellent HPC supercomputing facilities and has access to national supercomputers.

AIP offers flexible working hours and a cooperative working atmosphere. Equal opportunity is an integral part of personnel and organizational development at the AIP, and applications from scientists of all genders are encouraged. People with disabilities will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified and capable. The AIP values and promotes a respectful and tolerant working atmosphere, and has adopted a Code of Conduct. Your application documents will be kept for at least three months after completion of the appointment process. As a rule, your documents will be made available to a selection committee and to the committees and officers to be involved in the appointment process.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

Salary and benefits are attractive and commensurate with those of public service organizations in Germany at the TV-L level E13, depending on the requirements of the collective agreement (professional experience and expertise), as well as the social benefits of the collective agreement for the public service (TV-L).

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Sep 14
Application Deadline
2022 Nov 15


Christoph Pfrommer