Post-doctoral positions (m/f/d) | Solar Orbiter Project

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen

Type of Job


Astronomy & Astrophysics

Job Code: Postdoc-SOLO 122020

Job offer from November 26, 2020

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) invites applications for  Post-doctoral positions (m/f/d) within the Solar Orbiter Project to work on the Reduction & Scientific Analysis of Solar Orbiter / PHI data.     

MPS is heavily involved in ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission, launched on February 10th, 2020. Thus, the institute leads the Polarimetric & Helioseismic Imager (PHI), which provides full-disk and high-resolution magnetic field and velocity measurements of the solar photosphere. The first in-orbit data delivered by PHI are of exceptional quality. Regular science operations of PHI will commence in the second half of 2021. The MPS has also provided core contributions to the remote sensing instruments EUI, Metis and SPICE on Solar Orbiter.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics with focus on solar physics, astrophysics or a closely related field. A thorough knowledge of spectro-polarimetric data products and familiarity with instrumentation would be important assets. The successful candidates will become an integral part of the strong Solar Orbiter team at MPS. A willingness to engage in the supervision of PhD students is an advantage.

The full-time positions are immediately available and are offered initially for a period of 3 years, with the possibility of an extension. The remuneration will be according to grade E13 of the TVöD scale of the German civil services. The social benefits are in accordance with the regulations of the civil service.

Applications, including a CV, a short description of past research activities, a publication list and names of two potential referees should be sent until January 17th, 2021 as one pdf file to , quoting the reference „SOLO“. For further information please contact Johann Hirzberger () or Sami Solanki ().

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. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more persons with disabilities and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

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