Postdoc/Staff Scientists

Postdoc/Staff Scientists


Submission address: 
Prof. Dr. J. Anton Zensus
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  (for the postdoctoral position)
Tel. +49 228 525 125

Dr. Walter Alef (for the support scientist positions)
Tel. +49 228 525 289

Deadline: May 1st, 2017

The Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (MPIfR) is recruiting qualified individuals for a postdoctoral appointment and two support scientist apointments in radio astronomy. This position is based in the Radio Astronomy/VLBI department led by Prof. J. Anton Zensus.

The research department has a broad research portfolio. Key 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 F-GAMMA/MOJAVE/TANAMI.  The MPIfR operates the VLBI correlator, the 100-m radio telescope in Effelsberg (element of EVN and GMVA), and it is major partner of APEX in Chile (element of EHT).

There are currently openings to join our department as a postdoctoral researcher and as support scientists. 

For the postdoctoral position, technical mastery of radio interferometry techniques is of advantage, as well as a good publication record.  Candidates with complementary skills to our research portfolio are especially encouraged to apply. The appointee will be expected to join our research lines and collaborate closely with other department members.  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.

For the support scientist positions, we look for individuals with a PhD in radio astronomy or geodesy and experience in VLBI.  They should have experience with Linux and programming in Python or perl, have good communication skills and be able to work in a team, and have a scientific background to communicate with the PIs of the experiments correlated.  Principal support responsibilities include: observing support for VLBI observations at the telescopes in Effelsberg, Pico Veleta, NOEMA, and APEX; overseeing the correlation of EHT, GMVA, and RadioAstron VLBI experiments and its ulterior calibration; developing features for the correlator software; and testing new observing capabilities. The support scientist positions have a 50-50 split between support duties and the appointee’s own research.

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 May 1st, 2017.  The application can be separate for any of the positions or joint for all of them (please specify in the cover letter).

The initial appointment in both categories is for two years with the possibility of extension after review. The anticipated start date is mid 2017. Remuneration is within the framework of the German wage agreement for the public system (TVöD) in level 13, starting from a gross salary of 48160€ yearly. Individually determined tax, and contributions for social benefits and statutory health insurance will be deducted.

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