Postdoc in Extragalactic Astrophysics at ISTA (2+1 yrs)

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Applicants are invited for a postdoctoral research position in extragalactic astrophysics in the new group of Jorryt Matthee at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) in Klosterneuburg near Vienna. The position is part of the ERC Starting Grant project AGENTS — Young galaxies as tracers and agents of cosmic reionization. The advertised position is for two years initially, with a possibility of an extension. The start date is flexible, but envisioned between 1 July - 1 December 2024.

Candidates with a strong background in observational astrophysics are encouraged to apply. Specific experience with extragalactic observations with JWST, HST  and/or the VLT are considered a strong asset. Possible projects include: i) the identification of galaxies and AGN in the early Universe, ii) the role of galaxies in the reionization of the Universe and iii) the topology of reionization using galaxy observations. Candidates can anticipate to work with the latest observations with JWST and ground-based telescopes such as the VLT. Detailed comparisons to computer simulations are supported.

Postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to develop ownership of their projects and will receive support to travel to international conferences, visit collaborators and are supported in leading new projects. Austrian based scientists have access to ESO (e.g. VLT, ALMA) and ESA (e.g. HST, JWST) facilities. 

Your profile:

  • PhD in Astrophysics completed within the past 5 years, or to be completed by the starting date
  • Experienced in reducing and analysing observational astrophysical data
  • Committed to research excellence with a demonstrated relevant publication track record
  • A proven ability to conduct independent research, as well as to work effectively as a member of a research team
  • Interest in mentoring graduate students
  • Excellent command of English (working language)
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organisational and time management skills.

Application documents:
Please send a 1 page cover letter, a written summary of research experience and fit to the group (max. 3 pages; figures allowed), CV, publication list, contact details for 2-3 references to [email protected] with subject starting with POSTDOC APPLICATION.


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The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) is a growing international institute for conducting frontier research in mathematics, computer science, and the life and physical sciences. We recruit passionate professionals from all over the world and from all fields who support our goals of excellence in research and science management. Located on a beautiful campus on the outskirts of Vienna, we offer numerous opportunities for personal growth in a stable working environment. 

ISTA promotes a diverse and inclusive working environment and is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all applicants, free of discrimination. All employment decisions at ISTA are based on job requirements, qualifications, merit and organizational needs. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$66,000USD to $0USD
Included Benefits
  • Multiple health offers
  • Pension insurance
  • Education & training
  • Childcare
  • Free shuttle bus

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Sep 14
Application Deadline
2023 Nov 15


Jorryt Matthee