Postdoctoral Position in the MPE High Energy Group

Young Researchers Garching
Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 09/2019

Job Offer from June 11, 2019

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) is a world-leading institute in space- and ground-based experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in a number of large astronomical projects. The High-Energy group, led by Prof. K. Nandra, carries out major space hardware programs, including the development of X-ray detectors and X-ray optics.

The MPE invites applications for a postdoctoral position to work with Dr. Esra Bulbul in the High Energy Group at MPE. The successful candidate is expected to lead a research program on X-ray studies of clusters of galaxies utilizing the forthcoming all-sky survey by the eROSITA instrument, which is due for launch on the Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma mission in 2019. Candidates should have experience with the analysis of X-ray data or strong scientific interest working in this area.


MPE hosts a dynamic, collaborative, and multi-wavelength program in the area of clusters of galaxies. The ongoing projects pursued by the group members include cosmology, dark matter searches, and astrophysics of baryons in the intra-cluster medium. The successful candidate will interact and collaborate with the members of this group.


Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent degree in physics, astronomy, or a related field by the date of the appointment.

The appointment will be for 2 years, with the possibility of extension to 3 years.

Funding for travel, computing and publication expenses will be provided dependent on availability.


The salary and social benefits are based on the German TVöD scale for public employees, depending on experience.


Applicants should submit their documents (in English, and in PDF form) online ( ), including a CV, a list of publications, and a brief (~1 page) description of research interests, by August, 31 2019. Review will begin soon after that date, but later applications may be considered if received before the selection process is completed. Three referees should be identified, who can provide letters of recommendation upon request. Prospective applicants can contact Dr. E. Bulbul for further information (email:


For details about MPE or the High-Energy-Group see or


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 those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

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