Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d) | Non-thermal astrophysics | 07-2021

Scientist Heidelberg
Astronomy & Astrophysics Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

Job Code: #07-2021

Job Offer from April 16, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg (Germany) is one of currently 86 research institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V. (MPG).  As an innovative, internationally active research institution with about 400 employees we conduct experimental and theoretical basic research in the fields of Atomic and Molecular Physics (Quantum Dynamics) as well as Particle and Astroparticle Physics

The division of non-thermal astrophysics (Prof. Jim Hinton) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d) to join the LEGEND/GERDA group at MPIK.

The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics is a world-leading centre for astroparticle physics and quantum dynamics. The division Hinton is strongly involved in a variety of gamma astronomy project like CTA, H.E.S.S. and SWGO but also in accelerator and non-accelerator particle physics experiment, especially LEGEND.

The Position

The LEGEND and GERDA experiments search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge. LEGEND-200 is currently under construction at the Italian Gran Sasso laboratory using 200 kg of germanium detectors deployed in the former GERDA setup. Our division is a major contributor to LEGEND-200 with various hardware responsibilities. The experiment is expected to start data taking end of 2021 or early 2022. We are also involved in the analysis of GERDA data.


  • PhD in experimental astro-particle physics or related fields like particle or nuclear physics.
  • very good knowledge in computing and data analysis and/or solid hardware experience. The data analysis is based on Python, C, C++, ROOT and Geant4 for simulations.
  • high level of motivation
  • ability to work independently

Our offer

The term of the position is initially limited to 2 years, with the possibility for extension. The position is to be filled at the earliest convenience. The salary will be paid according to the collective agreement for civil service employees in Germany (TVöD) and includes additional retirement benefits (VBL).

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 Bernhard Schwingenheuer:


Applications, including a Statement of Interest, CV, publication lists and contact information of 3 referees should be uploaded via our application portal with reference 07-2021. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2021.

Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
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69117 Heidelberg

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