Research associate in Plasma Astrophysics

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Universität Potsdam
Faculty of Science, Institute for Physics and Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
3 Years
Could the duration be extended?
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)


Job Description

The Faculty of Science, Institute for Physics & Astronomy of the University of Potsdam invites applications for the following position limited to three years. The position is available from September 1, 2024:

The successful candidate will work 40 hours per week (100 %). The position is classified within remuneration group 13 of the collective wage agreement among the German states (TV-L). The fixed term of employment is in accordance with Section 2 subsection 1 of the German Act on Limited Scientific Contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz or WissZeitVG). An extension is possible if personal and legal requirements are met. This position in plasma astrophysics group is made available due to the joint position that Prof. Huirong Yan holds at University of Potsdam and DESY. Strong ties with  DESY (Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron) therefore are expected. 

The Institute for Physics & Astronomy at the University of Potsdam supports a broad range of research in observational and theoretical astrophysics. It has close links with the neighboring Leibniz-Institute für Astrophysik (AIP) and Albert Einstein Institute in addition to DESY. 


The Applicant is expected to work on topics in the field of plasma astrophysics. Responsibly processing of research tasks and independent elaboration and performance of courses in the sector of Plasma Astrophysics are included. Attending to master and doctoral students are self-evident. Further scientific qualification (post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation)) is possible. At least one-third of working hours is available for in depth academic qualification.


Completed academic studies at an institute of higher learning (PhD) in Physics or Astronomy is required

Applicants with expertise on plasma astrophysics, MHD and PIC simulations, interstellar and interplanetary turbulence, magnetism, plasma instabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Beside the specialist skills social skills are expected too.

What We Offer:

As a university, we combine the developmental strength of a teaching and research institution with the attractive working conditions of the public sector. The University of Potsdam is a reliable employer that supports its employees with a variety of offers and benefits: You can find more information about working at the University of Potsdam at 

The University of Potsdam values the diversity of its community and pursues the goals of equal opportunity regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age, and sexual orientation and identity. Applications from abroad and from persons with an immigrant background are expressly encouraged. The university strives for a balanced gender ratio in all employment groups; in areas where women are underrepresented, women are given preference in case of equal suitability (Section 7 paragraph 4 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act). People with disabilities are given preferential consideration in cases of equal qualifications. 

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organizations in Germany. Generous parental leave, state-subsidized childcare, pension, and full medical care are provided to employees at University of Potsdam.

Application Details

Application Instructions
Application documents should send a CV, a 3-4 page statement of current and future research interest, a list of publications, and the contact info of at least 3 references. The application should be sent to [email protected] with the requisition number 332/2024 by June 6th 2024.

Publication Start Date
2024 May 15
Application Deadline
2024 Jun 06
Reference Code


Huirong Yan