Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astrophysik

Position ID:MPA-HEA [#3467, HEA]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Positions in High Energy Astrophysics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Garching, Bayern 85748, Germany [map]
Subject Area: Astrophysics / Theoretical Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2013/12/15 finished (posted 2013/10/18, finished 2014/06/22, listed until 2014/04/18)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching near Munich is seeking to fill several postdoctoral positions in the High Energy Astrophysics group which includes Rashid Sunyaev, Eugene Churazov, Marat Gilfanov and a number of postdocs and students. These positions are in addition to other MPA fellowships announced earlier, see AAS Job Register No 45726. The MPA is the major German institution dedicated to theoretical and interpretational research in astrophysics. It is situated 10 kilometers north of Munich on a campus shared with the MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory and several other research institutes and university departments. The campus is directly connected to central Munich by subway.

Candidates should have a strong background in one of the following areas of high energy astrophysics and physical cosmology: physical processes in the epochs of reionization and cosmological recombination, physics of clusters of galaxies, physics of AGN, theory of accretion onto supermassive and stellar mass black holes and neutron stars and their observational appearance in the spectral and timing domains, interaction of radiation with hot astrophysical plasmas. Theoretical and computational scientists are all encouraged to apply. Candidates should have completed their PhD within last six years. The positions are for three years. Further information may be found on our web pages: and

Salaries are paid either at German civil service rates (with gross annual pre-tax income including health insurance contribution in the range 40.000 EUR to 50.000 EUR, depending on post-doctoral experience) or through a tax-free stipend at equivalent take-home level. MPA has 15 long-term staff who work with about 40 postdoctoral researchers and a somewhat larger number of PhD students. The institute also runs a vigorous visitor program.
Interested scientists are invited to apply electronically via

Candidates should upload a full curriculum vitae, a publication list, a summary of current research interests on this site by by December 15, 2013. No further hardcopy of the electronically submitted documents will be needed. The candidates should also arrange for three reference letters to be uploaded on the same site by the same date. Prospective applicants can contact Rashid Sunyaev, the MPA director ( for further information.

The MPA is actively committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
+49 89 30000 2201
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 1
85748 Garching bei Muenchen

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