Postdoc Positions in the Galaxies and Cosmology Department of the MPIA

We anticipate to fill the following postdoc positions with starting dates by Autumn 2020. The corresponding job ad is listed at the AAS job register (see here, deadline: 30 November 2019). Details on the available positions are given below. Please do not hesitate to directly contact the people listed in case you have any questions. Generic questions shall be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Nadine Neumayer.

Independent MPIA research fellowship position:

a) One independent post-doctoral research fellowship position.
The candidate is expected to conduct excellent indepedent research related to one or more of the research research areas covered by the various research groups in the Galaxies and Cosmology Department.

Post-doc positions in MPIA research groups:

b) One postdoc in the Galaxies and Cosmology Theory Group with Dr. Annalisa Pillepich.
The group focuses on the development and analysis of numerical cosmological models to understand the physics of galaxies with a broad set of scientific drivers. These include the stellar assembly and chemical enrichment of galaxies and their stellar haloes; the physics of the intra-cluster medium and the evolution of galaxy clusters and their galaxies; star formation, quenching, and AGN feedback; high-redshift galaxies, their interstellar medium and intergalactic medium; implications of galaxy formation on dark matter and dark energy observables. We seek candidates who are interested and have experience in tackling one or more of these scientific directions by developing a) improved numerical models for the physical processes in the inter-stellar medium; b) sophisticated diagnostic and postprocessing tools to contrast simulations to observations; and/or c) innovative data analysis techniques. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in high-performance computing, in conducting and analyzing hydrodynamical cosmological simulations, in analyzing large and complex data sets, in writing/modifying multi-purpose codes like Arepo, in comparing modeled and observational data, and/or in star and galaxy formation modeling.

c) One post-doc position in the Galaxy Evolution Group to work with Dr. Fabian Walter.
One postdoc position in the group of Fabian Walter, to prepare to exploit JWST (ERS, GTO, and open time) and ALMA observations. Experience in the preparation and analysis of space-based data and/or millimetre interferometric data would be an asset, though not a requirement.

d) One post-doc position in the Galactic Nuclei group with Dr. Nadine Neumayer on the build-up of galactic centres and the role of black holes.
The research will focus on observational studies of galactic nuclei, to understand their star formation history, chemical enrichment as well as the link to the dynamics of stars (and gas). The ideal candidate would have significant experience in stellar population analysis. Expertise in reduction of imaging and spectroscopy data is desired. Knowledge of dynamical modelling methods is a valuable asset.

Last modified: Tue Sep 27 2019