TWO POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN VERY-LONG-BASELINE INTERFEROMETRY RESEARCH
Prof. Dr. J. Anton Zensus (Director)
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
Auf dem Hügel 69
D-53123 Bonn, Germany
Tel. +49 228 525 298
Contact information for inquiries:
Prof. Dr. Eduardo Ros,
Tel. +49 228 525 125
Deadline: October 1st, 2014
Applications are invited for up to two postdoctoral positions from recent Ph.D's
with good experience in radio astronomy, especially in Very Long
Baseline Interferometry (VLBI). Candidates with related experience will be considered as well. The appointment will be made in the VLBI department led by
Prof. Dr. J. Anton Zensus, for an initial one-year term starting in late
2014 or early 2015, and renewable for up to two more years (3 years total).
The department runs a broad research program in the field of
very-high-resolution VLBI studies, with the main focus placed on space-
The group leads and participates in several Key Science Programmes of
the space-VLBI project "RadioAstron" operating a 10-m
orbiting radio telescope and delivering images with an unprecedented
angular resolution of 10-50 microarsceconds. In millimetre-VLBI, the
group coordinates the global 3mm VLBI observations, participates in the
ALMA Phasing project, and plays an active role in the Event Horizon
Telescope project with the aim of making pioneering VLBI
observations at 1.3 mm and shorter wavelengths to image the extreme
vicinity of the central black hole in our Galaxy and supermassive black
holes in nearby AGN.
The space-VLBI and millimetre-VLBI research in the group is strongly
enhanced and supported by close interaction with the VLBI Technology
group, which runs the MPIfR DiFX software correlator and works actively
in a number of areas of technical development.
The postdoctoral fellows are expected to work on space-VLBI and/or millimetre-VLBI projects.
There are ample opportunities to cooperate with graduate students of the
International Max Planck Research School at the MPIfR and to participate
as lecturer in this program. Interested and qualified individuals are
encouraged to apply by submitting curriculum vitae, a list of
publications, and a brief description of research interests and past
experience. The application should be supported by three letters of
recommendation to be sent to the department director, Prof. J. Anton Zensus (email or hardcopy) by October 1st, 2014.