The Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (MPIfR) seeks a talented, dynamic, independent researcher for a fixed-term staff position in very-long-baseline interferometry (VLBI).
The researcher will be appointed in the Radio Astronomy/VLBI department led by Prof. Dr. J. Anton Zensus. The department main research topics focus on the investigation of compact extragalactic objects (AGN) and their broad-band emission, with special emphasis on very high resolution studies. MPIfR staff members have access, among other facilities, to the VLBI correlator and the 100-m radio telescope in Effelsberg, both operated by the MPIfR.
We are looking for a person to work in the field of high resolution astronomy, including the cutting-edge areas of space VLBI and/or millimeter VLBI. Technical mastery of radio interferometry techniques is of advantage, as well as a good publication record and the ability to lead an independent research program. Candidates with a different focus in their research and complementary skills to our research portfolio, are also encouraged to apply. If successful, the person appointed is expected to collaborate closely with other members of the department, postdoctoral fellows and students. 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.
Interested and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by submitting curriculum vitae, list of publications, research interests, and have three letters of recommendation sent to the above address (email or hardcopy) by October 1st, 2014.
The initial appointment as staff scientist is for two years with the possibility of extension after review. The anticipated start date is in early 2015. The researcher will be employed at the framework of the German wage agreement for the public system (TVöD) in level 13, including benefits such as belonging to the German statutory health insurance and pension systems.