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  
Tel. +49 228 525 125

Deadline: Feb 15th, 2021

These positions are based in the Radio Astronomy/VLBI department led by Prof. J. Anton Zensus. Successful applicants will be expected to assume an active role in one of the main current working areas of the department and to carry out own ambitious and novel research projects.

The department has a broad research portfolio. 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 of supermassive black holes and relativistic outflows.  These include, among others, extensive mm- and space-VLBI imaging of compact radio sources and long-term blazar monitoring with VLBI programs such as withMOJAVE andTANAMI.  The MPIfR operates the 100-m radio telescope in Effelsberg (element of EVN and GMVA), and it is major partner of APEX in Chile (element of EHT).  It also operates a state-of-the-art VLBI correlator and the LOFAR DE1 station, which is part of the International LOFAR Telescope, and it is a major partner of APEX in Chile (element of EHT).

We are looking for researchers with a science interest matching our research topics and technical activities. Particular attention will be paid to candidates with proven experience in radio interferometry techniques and VLBI and a strong publication record. Research interests of the appointees will be expected to strengthen and broaden our main research activities focused on physics of relativistic outflows and super-massive black holes in active galaxies.  The appointees will also be expected to play an active role in the group-driven operations of the Global Millimetre VLBI Array and the Event Horizon Telescope (including observations, correlation, calibration, and analysis and modelling of the observational data).   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.  Candidates are expected to have completed their PhD thesis examination at the moment of starting their appointment with us.

Interested and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by submitting curriculum vitae, academic certificates (PhD; in its absence MSc and expected completion date), list of publications, research interests, and have three letters of recommendation sent to the MPIfR application portal under the address given below. Applications submitted by February 15th, 2021 will receive full consideration.

The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of extension after review. The anticipated start date is during the first half of 2021. Remuneration is within the framework of the German wage agreement for the public system (TVöD-Bund) in level 13.  

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please submit your application using following link.


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