Post Doctoral Research Associate (m/f/d) | Non-Thermal Astrophysics | 02-2021

Scientist Heidelberg
Astronomy & Astrophysics Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

Job Code: 02-2021

Job Offer from March 09, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics is one of about 84 research institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V. (MPG). The MPG is an independent, non-profit research organization, which seeks to promote basic research in the service of the general public.

We offer a position as Post Doctoral Research Associate (m/f/d) 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 around 30 members actively working on a variety of topics from the development of hardware up to high-level data analysis and astrophysical modeling. The group has a major involvement in two running gamma-ray instruments: HESS and HAWC; and in the major future observatories CTA and SWGO. A broad range of astrophysical topics are addressed, with a focus on probing cosmic particle acceleration, propagation and impact. Technical topics include: the development of high-speed electronics and embedded systems; the design, production and deployment of Cherenkov cameras; and petabyte-scale simulations and data analysis.

The Position

We are offering an exciting position to work with a dynamic group at the cutting edge of gamma-ray astronomy in instrument development for CTA. MPIK leads the development of two cameras for CTA: FlashCam and the SST Camera. This candidate would participate in the development of both cameras, leading the qualification of the first SST Camera and preparing for series production. 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 cutting-edge research in astroparticle physics or high energy astrophysics
  • Experience in instrumentation development and/or characterization/test
  • Strong teamworking abilities

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 salary will be paid according to the collective agreement for civil service employees in Germany (TVöD).

Within the gamma-ray group we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer actively seeking to increase diversity and to create an inclusive environment within its research activities. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law. The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics is a family-friendly employer.

Further information can be obtained from:

Dr. Richard White

Applications, including a Statement of Interest, CV, publication lists and contact information of referees should be uploaded via our online application portal with reference #02-2021. The deadline for applications is 31st March 2021.

Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
Saupfercheckweg 1
69117 Heidelberg

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