2016 PhD Position in Extragalactic Astronomy at MPIA, Germany

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The Galaxies and Cosmology department of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg, Germany, invites candidates to apply for a PhD position in the field of extragalactic astronomy to be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Knud Jahnke.

The successful applicant will analyse two valuable datasets from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Very Large Telescope to investigate which mechanisms are triggering the growth of supermassive black holes in galaxies.

MPIA is one of the leading astronomical institutions in Europe, with currently ~40 full-time faculties, ~55 post-docs, and ~50 Ph.D. students. The associated course program takes place within the framework of the International Max Planck Research School in Heidelberg, in collaboration with the University of Heidelberg.

In order to be admitted to the course, applicants will often have to prove their knowledge of German.

Course Level: Position is open for pursuing Ph.D. program.

Study Subject: Position is available in the field of extragalactic astronomy.

Scholarship Award: The program is nominally for four years, with a contract likely in the form of 3 initial years with a one-year extension. Ph.D. students at MPIA are paid as civil servants with a salary based on TVöD (wage agreement for the public service), level E13 (50 percent). Medical, social security and pension benefits are paid in accordance with the provisions of the civil service. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people, and minority groups are particularly welcome. The MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable child care.

Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility: The successful candidate must have an MSc degree (or equivalent) by the starting date.

Nationality: German and international applicants can apply for this Ph.D. position.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: If you apply to an International Max Planck Research School , you should have a first-class or above-average Master’s degree or equivalent national qualification. An outstanding written thesis is also an integral requirement for admission. Since most graduate schools are interdisciplinary by nature, almost all IMPRS accept students with a broad scientific background. However, this requirement differs from one Research School to another.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: In order to be admitted to the course, applicants will often have to prove their knowledge of German.

How to Apply: Applications should be sent by email to jobs16-06-at-mpia.de. A complete application includes a cover letter with preferred starting date, CV with a list of publications, course record including grades from undergraduate and Master’s courses (translated into English, if necessary), a summary of the Master’s thesis, and a brief (1 page) statement of research interests and experience. Two letters of recommendation from scientists familiar with the applicant’s work or studies should be sent to the same address. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 12 September 2016.

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