Postdoctoral Position

Scientist Garching
Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 08/2021

Job Offer from May 04, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching (near Munich), Germany, is one of the world’s leading institutes in astrophysics, combining hardware development with observations, data analysis, laboratory and theoretical work.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the High-Energy Astrophysics Group of the MPE. The overall theme of the project is the study of the emission process in gamma-ray bursts in conjunction with high energy neutrinos. This theoretically oriented work shall combine the existing observational constraints on the prompt emission mechanism of gamma-ray bursts with the neutrino upper limits from IceCube. Researchers with experience in high-energy astrophysics or astro-particle physics are encouraged to apply.

The position is funded through the German Science Foundation's recently extended Collaborative Research Centre 1258 on "Neutrinos and Dark Matter in Astro- and Particle Physics". This framework combines about 15 professorial staff, 15 post-docs and more than 20 Phd students, working at the Technical University Munich, the European Southern Observatory, and three Max-Planck Institutes. The position is available starting July 1st, 2021 and will be for 2 years, with the possibility of extension to 3.5 years.

The salary will be paid at German civil service rate (E14 TVöD Bund; gross annual pre-tax income including a Christmas gratification are currently in the range 56.000 EUR to 65.000 EUR, depending on post-doctoral experience). The post comes with a generous travel allowance.

Applicants should submit their documents (in English, and in PDF form) via our application portal online including a CV, a list of publications, and a brief (~1 page) description of research interests by June 30th, 2021. Three letters of reference should also be sent to Jochen Greiner ( by the application deadline. The review will begin immediately after that date, but later applications may be considered if received before the selection process is completed. 

More information is available at Informal scientific enquiries about the position may be addressed to Jochen Greiner () or Elisa Resconi ( ).

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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