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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics and Cosmology at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics [MPA]

Posted: September 11 2021
by Eiichiro Komatsu
The MPA postdoctoral fellowships are prestigious three-year (and in exceptional cases five-year) positions allowing promising young scientists, who completed their PhD in the last six years, to develop a research program of their choice. We seek candidates that are eager to interact with our current institute members. This can be because of overlapping interests with our present staff, but we also welcome those who would bring new complementary expertise.

Research areas of interest include (but are not limited to) stellar astrophysics, interacting binary and multiple systems, transients and supernovae, and gravitational waves, computational astrophysics and cosmology, the formation and evolution of galaxies and their supermassive black holes, galactic structure, and star formation, galaxy clustering, and cosmic large-scale structure, gravitational lensing, cosmic microwave background studies, and physical cosmology. Further information can be found here

We aim to offer a vibrant environment where you can develop your science through stimulating interactions with our 14 long-term staff members, about 40 postdocs, and a similar number of PhD students. The four departments and independent groups in our institute actively interact and collaborate. We meet informally each morning for science coffee, over lunch, or during various group meetings and seminars. You will also be invited to join the local and Max Planck wide postdoc network.

We strive for excellent science, but believe this can only be achieved with a healthy work-life balance. As an employee of the Max Planck community, you will also have access to extensive resources and support, see

We are located on the Garching research campus, 10 km north of Munich, which hosts the largest European concentration of astronomers. As a fellow, you can take advantage of interactions with our next-door colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and from the many (high-profile) visitors that frequently visit.

We offer generous financial support to allow our fellows to attend (international) conferences or workshops or make work trips.

MPA fellows are welcome to use the institute’s excellent in-house computing facilities and support if their research program requires this. Fellows will also have privileged access to facilities at the Supercomputer Centre of the Max Planck Society.

The city of Munich is quite expat-friendly and you can fairly easily find doctors, a bank, and an insurance company that offers their services in English. We do offer the possibility to attend German language classes for those interested.

Salaries are paid at German civil service rates (gross annual pre-tax income including a special annual payment are currently in the range of 57.000 EUR to 65.000 EUR, depending on post-doctoral experience). The position comes with 30 days holiday entitlement, social security insurance (e.g. health insurance), and social benefits according to the regulations for public service.

Interested candidates are invited to apply by November 15, 2021, via

To be considered, please upload (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a publication list (indicating papers that are accepted for publication in refereed journals), (3) a research statement describing your prior and current interests and plans at MPA.

Please, also arrange for (4) three confidential reference letters to be uploaded on the same site by the same date.

The MPA is actively committed to equal opportunity in employment.