Postdoctoral Position in Solar Plasma Physics

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Type of Job


Postdoctoral Position - Solar Plasma Physics

Job offer from March 10, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in solar plasma physics. 

Field of work

The successful candidate will join the DFG-funded project “The Solar Interface Region” led by Thomas Wiegelmann. The aim is to study the interface region between the solar photosphere and the solar corona, which consists of the chromosphere and transition region. Plasma heating and mass supply from the photosphere to the corona takes place in this interface region, which is still not well understood. We study this region with the help of data-driven modelling based on observations from the balloon-borne mission SUNRISE and the small explorer mission IRIS. Analyzing data from these two new missions (and additionally from SDO and Hinode) together with sophisticated magnetic field extrapolation and plasma modelling techniques developed in the SOCo3D-group at MPS, gives the opportunity to investigate the mass and energy supply of the solar atmosphere. 

“The Solar Interface Region” project will reside in the solar department of the MPS, one of the largest groups in solar physics worldwide. The institute is located in Goettingen (Germany), a lively and scenic university town. 

Your profile

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or a closely related field. They should have an outstanding research record. Relevant experience in numerical computing and solar
plasma physics are of advantage. 

Your application

Applications including a CV, a statement of research experience and a publication list should be sent to . In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent separately to the same address. 

The position is offered for a period of three years. The exact starting date is negotiable. Salary will be according to grade E13 of the TVöD scale of the German public services. Review of applications will start 15 April 2017 and continue until the position is filled. 

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and persons with disabilities. 

For further information please contact Thomas Wiegelmann () or Johannes Stecker ().

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 3
37077 Göttingen

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