Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The MPA postdoctoral fellowships are prestigious three-year (and in exceptional cases five-year) positions allowing promising young scientists, who completed their PhD in the last six years, to develop a research program of their choice. We seek candidates that are eager to interact with our current institute members. This can be because of overlapping interests with our present staff, but we also welcome those who would bring new complementary expertise.

Research areas of interest include (but are not limited to) stellar astrophysics, interacting binary and multiple systems, transients and supernovae, and gravitational waves, computational astrophysics and cosmology, the formation and evolution of galaxies and their supermassive black holes, galactic structure, and star formation, galaxy clustering, and cosmic large-scale structure, gravitational lensing, cosmic microwave background studies, and physical cosmology. Further information can be found here

We aim to offer a vibrant environment where you can develop your science through stimulating interactions with our 14 long-term staff members, about 40 postdocs, and a similar number of PhD students. The four departments and independent groups in our institute actively interact and collaborate. We meet informally each morning for science coffee, over lunch, or during various group meetings and seminars. You will also be invited to join the local and Max Planck wide postdoc network.

We strive for excellent science, but believe this can only be achieved with a healthy work-life balance. As an employee of the Max Planck community, you will also have access to extensive resources and support, see 

We are located on the Garching research campus, 10 km north of Munich, which hosts the largest European concentration of astronomers. As a fellow, you can take advantage of interactions with our next-door colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory (ESO)
and from the many (high-profile) visitors that frequently visit.  

We offer generous financial support to allow our fellows to attend (international) conferences or workshops or make work trips.   

MPA fellows are welcome to use the institute’s excellent in-house computing facilities and support if their research program requires this. Fellows will also have privileged access to facilities at the Supercomputer Centre of the Max Planck Society.

The city of Munich is quite expat-friendly and you can fairly easily find doctors, a bank, and an insurance company that offers their services in English. We do offer the possibility to attend German language classes for those interested.

Salaries are paid at German civil service rates (gross annual pre-tax income including a special annual payment are currently in the range of 57.000 EUR to 65.000 EUR, depending on post-doctoral experience). The position comes with 30 days holiday entitlement, social security insurance (e.g. health insurance), and social benefits according to the regulations for public service.

Interested candidates are invited to apply by November 14, 2022, via

To be considered, please upload

(1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a publication list (indicating papers that are accepted for publication in refereed journals), (3) a research statement describing your prior and current interests and plans at MPA and (4) please give the names/details of three referees. The upload of their confidential letters (by November 14, 2022) will be requested by the portal once you have submitted your application.

The MPA is actively committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Sep 01
Application Deadline
2022 Nov 14


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