Postdoctoral researcher on X-ray emitting cataclysmic binaries

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Leibniz-Institut f├╝r Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)
X-ray astronomy
Number of Positions Available
2 Years
Could the duration be extended?
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)


Job Description

The postdoctoral researcher will work in the framework of a DLR-funded project Accreting compact white-dwarf binaries (CWDBs). The project aims to exploit observations from the ESA observatory XMM-Newton that are either already performed or will be scheduled in the near future.

The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for the processing, scientific analysis, and publication of X-ray data (timing and spectroscopic analysis) and contemporaneous optical or UV data (spectroscopy and photometry). The activities of the researcher are embedded in a group that actively participates in the eROSITA mission and the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre. The group is involved in follow-up programs of eROSITA sources with SDSS-V and 4MOST. The successful applicant will become member of the German eROSITA collaboration.

Applications received until 2024 May 31 will receive full consideration. Equal opportunities are an integral part of the personnel and organisational development at the AIP, and we therefore strongly encourage female scientists to apply. People with disabilities will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified and skilled. Application documents will be kept for at least three months after completion of the appointment process. The documents will be made available to a selection committee and to other committees and officers to be involved.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Type
Included Benefits

The salary is based on professional experience and expertise following the German public service collective agreement (TV-L) with a pay grade of E13. Social benefits included in TV-L are the company pension VBL and disability and survivors' benefits as well as a subsidy for the public transport ticket.

Application Details

Application Instructions
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 (one page maximum) motivating your application, a Curriculum Vitae, your PhD degree certificate (if already available, otherwise specify the expected completion date), a list of publications and talks, and a research summary describing your experience, skills, and project-related work so far (no more than two pages, including any figures). In the cover letter, a link to a PDF of your PhD thesis would be appreciated (if applicable). The cover letter should also provide contact information for two individuals willing to provide reference letters upon request. Note that we will request such letters only for a subset of applicants after an initial selection step.
Publication Start Date
2024 May 08
Application Deadline
2024 May 31


Dr. Axel Schwope