- Title: Coordinator of the "Solar System School"
- Institute: International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)
- Location: Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
- Duration: 2 years
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics and are expected to have several years of research experi-ence in a research field pursued at the MPS, or a closely related field. Teaching experience and/or experience in science management as well as familiarity with the German language will be an ad-vantage.
The position is offered initially for a period of two years and may be extended up to the end of the cur-rent funding period (2019) depending on performance and, in case of a further extension of the fund-ing (which the Institute plans to pursue), also beyond 2019. Salary will be according to E13 or E14 (commensurate with the experience level) of the TVöD scale of the German public services.
The "Solar System School" is an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) offering a re-search-oriented doctoral program for solar system science. It is jointly run by the MPS and the Univer-sity of Göttingen. Usually about 50 students are enrolled at any given time. Since its start in 2002 113 students from 36 different countries successfully completed the School and gained their PhD degree. The funding of the School was recently extended up to 2019. More information about the School is available at http://www.solar-system-school.de/
The incumbent will be responsible for all organizational and administrative matters of the School. He or she will be the point of contact for the students and lecturers and is expected to organize the lec-tures, summer schools and seminars, to coordinate the activities of the partner institutes, to represent the school within the university committees, to oversee the recruitment process and to be responsible for advertising the School in general.
The successful applicant will have the option and is encouraged to pursue own research in one of the scientific areas of the MPS (comprising all areas of solar system science and aspects of stellar re-search; for more information please visit: http://www.mps.mpg.de/en/forschung/), roughly at a 70/30 share between the tasks as coordinator and research.
The institute is currently located in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, but will move in the beginning of 2014 to Göttingen, a lively and scenic University town, into a new building on the northern campus of the University, in the immediate vicinity of the Institute for Astrophysics of the University.
- Website: http://www.solar-system-school.de/
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- How to apply:
Applications, including a CV, a statement of research interests, a publication list, and contact infor-mation of three potential referees should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The applicant should also provide a short statement describing his/her ideas and perspectives on ways to further develop the graduate school.
Review of applications will begin 25 February 2013 and continue until the position is filled.
- Title: Max Planck Research Group Leader in Cometary Science
- Institute: Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
- Location: Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
- Duration: 5 years
Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and are expected to have several years of research experience in cometary science or a closely related field. They should have an excellent publication track record and the proven ability to conduct internationally recognized research of high quality. In addition they are expected to possess leadership skills and should be able to supervise students.
The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) offers outstanding young scientists the opportunity to set up and lead a Max Planck Research Group in the field of cometary research.
The MPS is one of the leading research institutes devoted to solar system physics. With its three research departments "Sun and Heliosphere", "Planets and Comets" and "Solar and Stellar Interiors" it covers the full range of physics inherent in the field of solar system science.
In the middle of 2014 the ESA cornerstone mission Rosetta will arrive at its target comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko and will not only explore this body from an orbit of unprecedented proximity, but will also deploy a lander on its surface. The results of this mission will shape cometary science for the following years. The MPS is heavily involved in the Rosetta mission. It is the PI institution for four of the scientific instruments, is involved on Co-I level in five other instruments and holds one of two lead scientist positions for the lander unit.
In order to foster the scientific exploitation of the Rosetta mission the MPS intends to establish a new Max Planck Research Group dedicated to cometary science. The new Max Planck Research Group leader will have the unique chance to play a leading role in the research that is based on the Rosetta data. In close collaboration with the several instrument teams at the MPS he/she is expected to take advantage of the multiple involvements of the MPS in the Rosetta mission and to utilize the corresponding synergies in order to answer the key science questions.
The successful candidate will be offered a Max Planck Research Group for a period of five years with the possibility of twice a 2-years extension after successful evaluation and subject to financial and legal conditions. The group leader will hold a temporary W2 position (according to the salary scheme of the German federal public service), equivalent to the associate professor level. In exceptional cases a tenured W2 position can be offered. The research group comes with a grant that covers postdoc and PhD student positions as well as a budget for startup investments, travel and running costs. The group will benefit from the institute's infrastructure including administrative and technical support, and from scientific exchange with a wide range of existing research teams at the Institute.
The institute is currently located in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, but will move in the beginning of 2014 to Göttingen, a lively and scenic University town, into a new building and in the immediate vicinity of the University Institutes for Astrophysics and for Geophysics.
- Contact: Ulrich Christensen / email@example.com
- How to apply:
Applications, including a CV, a publication list, a summary of previous research expe-rience, a brief statement of Rosetta related and other research interests and contact information for three references should be send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications received by 30 April 2013 will receive full consideration.
For further information please contact Ulrich Christensen (email@example.com) or Hermann Böhnhardt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Max Planck Society strives at increasing the fraction of women in positions where they are underrepresented. Therefore women are particularly encouraged to apply. Day care for small children will be available at the institute.
The Max Planck Society attempts to employ more disabled persons. Applications from disabled persons are explicitly encouraged.
- Closing date for application: 30 April 2013
- Title: Ph.D. position in heliospheric physics for the NASA Solar Probe Plus Mission
- Institute: Institute for Astrophysics at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
- Location: Göttingen, Germany
- Duration: Max. until 31/12/2015
The successful candidate will hold a Master or Diploma degree in Physics and has a basic knowledge in space physics, heliospheric/astrophysics, scientific data analysis and relevant software, excellent English language skills and a strong interest in the project’s field of research.
This position should be filled as soon as possible. The regular working hours will be 19.9 hours per week. The
salary is 50% TV-L 13. The contract will be limited to 31/12/2015.
The Ph.D. student will work in the field of “Coronal and Heliospheric Physics” within the project Coronagraphic German and US SolarProbePlus Survey (CGAUSS), funded by the German Aerospace Center DLR. CGAUSS is the German contribution to the WISPR wide-field imager on
board the NASA Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission planned to be launched in 2018.
The specific working tasks are to analyse Helios plasma and dust particle measurements in order to extrapolate the obtained results to the WISPR applications for the SPP mission and to help develop the corresponding software modules.
The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.
- Contact: Dr. Volker Bothmer: email@example.com
- How to apply:
Please send your application with the usual documents through regular mail or in electronic form within three weeks after publication of this advertisement to Georg-August-Universität
Göttingen, Institute for Astrophysics, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, 37077 Göttingen, Germany.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Volker Bothmer
(phone: +49 551 39 5044, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
We request that you send us copies of your application documents, as no returns will be made. We will destroy the documents after a holding period of five months. Application documents will only be returned to you if you provide a self-addressed adequately stamped envelope.