Postdoc in Astronomical Instrumentation – Astrophotonics

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Universität zu Köln
Institute for Astrophysics (I. Physics Institute)
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Labadie at the Institute for Astrophysics of the University of Cologne, Germany. The institute is involved internationally in the state-of-the-art instrumentation projects (VLT/I, ELT, JWST, CCAT). The position is offered within the project NAIR (“Novel Astronomical Instrumentation through photonic Reformatting”), a collaboration between the University of Cologne, the Durham University and the AIP-Potsdam. NAIR aims at the deployment on-sky of photonic-based solutions for long-baseline interferometry, nulling and integrated field spectroscopy, in the near- and mid-infrared range. The successful applicant will take a leading role in the design, manufacturing and laboratory testing of fiber-linked integrated optics devices for astronomy. On-sky deployment and testing at the CHARA array in California, US, is one of the long-term objectives. She/He will also ensure transversal collaborations between the partners to maximize the scientific return. Beyond the NAIR context, the candidate may also contribute to tasks relevant to on-going instrumentation projects in Cologne (i.e., VLTI, ELT). The applicant should have a PhD (or equivalent) in astronomy/astrophysics, physics, or related discipline. She/He should have a strong background in fields associated with astronomical instrumentation. The working language is English. The position is for 3 years (2 years + 1 year extension). The salary is based on the E13 scale of German civil service. Applicants should send a CV and a statement of research to [email protected]. They should arrange the email addresses of two referees that can be contacted directly. The deadline for submission is 30.06.2023. Late applications are considered, but with no guarantee.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 May 24
Application Deadline
2023 Jul 21


Prof. Dr. Lucas Labadie