Two postdoctoral/research staff positions in radio astronomy at the MPIfR in Bonn, Germany

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Radio Astronomy/Very Long Baseline Interferometry
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (MPIfR) is recruiting up to two postdoctoral/staff researchers in radio astronomy. These positions are based in the Radio Astronomy/VLBI department led by Prof. J. Anton Zensus.

The department has a broad research portfolio. Research topics focus on the investigation of compact extragalactic objects (AGN) and their broad-band emission, with a special emphasis on very-high-resolution studies.  These include mm- and space-VLBI imaging and blazar monitoring with MOJAVE/TANAMI.  The MPIfR operates a state-of-the-art VLBI correlator, the 100-m radio telescope in Effelsberg (element of EVN and GMVA),  the LOFAR DE1 station, which is part of the International LOFAR Telescope, and it is a major partner of APEX in Chile (element of EHT). 

We are looking for researchers with a science interest matching our research topics and technical activities. Technical mastery of radio interferometry techniques and VLBI is of advantage, as well as a good publication record.  The appointees will be expected to engage in our central research activity on the study of jet physics at the nearby environment of super-massive black holes in the centre of active galactic galaxies.  The appointee may also take the role of assistant scientist to engage in the group-driven operations of the Global Millimetre VLBI Array and the Event Horizon Telescope (including observations, correlation, calibration, and analysis) .  The International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IMPRS) offers the opportunity for joint research with PhD students, their supervision, and teaching in the program.  Candidates are expected to have completed their PhD thesis at the moment of starting their appointment with us.

Interested and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by submitting curriculum vitae, academic certificates (PhD; in its absence MSc and expected completion date), list of publications, research interests, and have three letters of recommendation sent to the MPIfR application portal under the address given below by February 15th, 2021.


Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of extension after review. The anticipated start date is early 2020. Remuneration is within the framework of the German wage agreement for the public system (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

Publication Start Date
2021 Jan 06
Application Deadline
2021 Feb 15
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Prof. Dr. Eduardo Ros