Positions to study the Lives, Deaths, and Afterlives of (Binary) Stars at MPA

Positions to study the Lives, Deaths, and Afterlives of (Binary) Stars at MPA

We seek people to join the new stellar department, led by Selma E. de Mink, at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) to study questions related to the fascinating Lives, Deaths, and Afterlives of (binary) Stars”. We welcome applications from anyone who can broadly fit in this theme, either from the theory and computational side and/or from the observational and data-oriented side.

Examples of expertise we are interested in include Stellar and Binary Evolution, Mass Transfer, Common Envelope Evolution, Mergers, Triple and Multiple Systems, Stellar remnants (White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, Black Holes), Gravitational Wave Astrophysics, Stellar Transients, Progenitors of Supernovae and Gravitational Waves, Star formation, Stellar structure, Stellar Atmospheres, Stellar winds, Asteroseismology, Internal mixing, Stellar Hydrodynamics, Stellar feedback, Nucleosynthesis, Stellar Populations, Stars at high redshift …. If your area of expertise is not mentioned here but you believe that this would be a stimulating department for you, please feel encouraged to apply and explain in your cover letter how you would fit in.

Positions will be available at different levels in the following years. The present call is primarily intended for fixed-term postdoctoral positions, either at the junior level (recent or expected PhD graduates) or senior (some years of postdoctoral experience). Possibilities to (co)-supervise students can be discussed. There will also be several possibilities to apply for independent money through various schemes (e.g. Humboldt, Marie Curie, DFG, ..). For suitable candidates, we may also consider hiring in science support positions (e.g. developers). Feel free to state your preferences in your cover letter.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds. We are specifically interested in people who can contribute to the collaborative and supportive scientific environment in the institute. The MPA is actively committed to equal opportunity in employment.

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Please instruct your reference letter writers to upload their letters using this link, preferably by Jan 8, 2020. ( You need to send them these instructions. They can already upload their letters before you have completed your application.)