Postdoctoral Positions in Star Formation and Galaxy Evolution

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Star Formation and Galaxy Evolution
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement
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Job Description

The MPIfR is recruiting postdoctoral researchers to join the new scientific department of Prof. Amélie Saintonge. The focus of the group is the physics of star formation and galaxy evolution, in particular through (sub)mm/radio observations to connect the baryon cycle, the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium, and the drivers of star formation across all environments and scales.

We are looking for researchers with scientific interests and skills matching these aims. We particularly invite applications from candidates with experience in the study of the ISM of dwarf galaxies, ISM modeling, the halo/CGM/ISM connection, and the environmental dependence of star formation, but other relevant research areas will be considered.

The successful candidates will be expected to conduct a dynamic research programme targeting these core scientific objectives. In addition to this core research, the selected candidates will be expected to take part in the project-based efforts of the department, with possibilities including:

  • Software development to assist in the science exploitation of the new APEX A-MKID camera
  • Building the science case and technical requirements for ALMA focal plane arrays, as part of an ESO-funded development study.
  • Engagement with the AtLAST telescope design study, in particular through prototyping of technologies on APEX.
  • Development work for future large scale HI surveys with MeerKAT, SKA, and/or DSA-2000.

The balance between the research and project components of the role are to be discussed with the successful applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by submitting a short cover letter, their CV (including list of publications), and a statement (max. 3 pages) describing their past and future research plans in connection with the overall objectives of the department and at least one of the project-specific areas listed above. Applicants should also provide the names and contact details of three people who may be contacted to provide reference letters. Applications should be submitted through the MPIfR application portal by May 1, 2024

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) is the leading radio astronomical institute in Germany. It operates the APEX submm telescope in Chile, the 100-m radio telescope in Effelsberg, a LOFAR station, VLBI correlator, and radio/submm instrument technology laboratories. MPIfR is also a partner in MeerKAT and leads the German SKA efforts, and the Max Planck Society is a major partner in IRAM. Between MPIfR and the neighbouring universities, the Bonn/Cologne area is a major hub of research activity with a particular focus on (sub)mm/radio astronomy and the study of star formation, from the Milky Way to the distant Universe.

The initial appointments are for two years with the possibility of extension after review.  The anticipated start date is in the second half of 2024. Candidates are expected to have completed their PhD by the start of the appointment. Remuneration is within the framework of the German wage agreement for the public service (TVöD-Bund) in level 13.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application Details

Application Instructions
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Publication Start Date
2024 Mar 28
Application Deadline
2024 May 01


Prof. Amelie Saintonge