Postdoctoral Position High-Resolution Laboratory Spectroscopy

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Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
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The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching (Bavaria/Germany) is a world-leading institute in space- and ground-based experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in a number of large astronomical projects.


The Centre for Astrochemical Studies (CAS) group focuses its research on several aspects of star formation, with special interest in the use of astrochemistry to unveil the process of star and planet formation and in the growing chemical complexity during this process. We have world-leading expertise in all the main fields related to astrochemistry, from theoretical works concerning dynamic simulations and chemical networks, to laboratory experiments with molecules of astronomical interest, to observational studies of star- and planet-forming regions at various stages of evolution, as well as plasma physics.


In the framework of the Max Planck Research Group (MPRG) lead by Dr. Silvia Spezzano, we are seeking one post-doctoral candidates with background in high resolution gas-phase laboratory spectroscopy (cm-wave range to IR).


The goal of the research group is to follow the chemical link of our astrochemical origins, and the goal of the Postdoc project is to use state-of-the-art laboratory experiments to provide high-resolution spectroscopic data for characterising the chemical budget in all stages of the formation stars and planetary systems, from starless cores to exoplanetary atmospheres.


The appointment will be for 2 years. Funding for travel and publication expenses will be provided dependent on availability.


The salary and social benefits are based on the German TVöD scale for public employees, depending on experience.


Applicants should submit their documents (in PDF form) online ( including a CV, a list of publications, a brief (~1 page) description or research interests by October 31, 2021. Two referees should be identified, who can provide letters of recommendation upon request.


For information about the project, please contact Dr. Silvia Spezzano ([email protected]).


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 those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.


Application Details

Publication Start Date
2021 Sep 15
Application Deadline
2021 Oct 31
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Dr. Silvia Spezzano