Post Doctoral Research Associates

Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg

Astronomy & AstrophysicsParticle, Plasma and Quantum Physics


Type of Job


Post Doctoral Research Associates

Job Offer from July 13, 2017

The Max Planck Institut for Nuclear Physics is one of over 80 research institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V. (MPG). The MPG is an independent, non-profit research organisation which seeks to promote basic research in the service of the general public.

The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg invites applications from outstanding candidates for positions of Post Doctoral Research Associates in non-thermal astrophysics.

The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics is a world-leading centre for astroparticle, physics and quantum dynamics. The gamma-ray group consists of nearly 30 members actively working on a variety of topics from the development of hardware to data analysis and astrophysical modeling for HESS, HAWC and CTA. In the context of CTA the group is playing a leading role in the development of two camera types: FlashCam and CHEC. Full camera prototypes are in place at the institute with plans for the production of multiple cameras for CTA over the term of the advertised positions.

The Positions

We are offering exciting scientific positions to work with a dynamic group at the cutting edge of gamma-ray astronomy. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work in one or more of several areas:

  • High energy astrophysics
  • Astroparticle physics
  • Data analysis and interpretation in gamma-ray astrophysics

Candidates will have the opportunity to develop critical hardware and software for CTA and will have access to latest gamma-ray data from HESS and HAWC. Regular participation in international conferences is promoted and the applicants will aid in the supervision of doctoral students.


  • Ph.D. in physics or astronomy
  • Programming experience in C/C++ and/or Python
  • Experience in integration and commissioning of hardware and software desirable
  • Strong teamwork abilities
  • Readiness to travel

The term of the positions is initially limited to 2 years, with the possibility for extension. Starting date and remuneration will be determined on a per-candidate basis.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women in its research activities. Therefore applications from women are particularly welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more individuals with disabilities and especially encourages them to apply.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Hinton:


Applications, including a statement of interest, CV and contact information of reference persons should be uploaded on our online application platform with reference # 15-2017.

Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
Saupfercheckweg 1
69117 Heidelberg

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