The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg is offering a
fixed-term science position within the Galaxies and Cosmology department to
support the Euclid project. Euclid is ESA's upcoming M-class mission to survey
15,000 square degrees of extragalactic sky over 6 years. It will provide
decisive answers to fundamental questions about the nature of gravitation,
dark matter, and the accelerated expansion of the Universe. Euclid uses wide-
field optical and infrared imaging, and slitless near-infrared (NIR)
spectroscopy, to measure the 3-dimensional distribution of matter in the
Universe and its weak gravitational lensing effect. Euclid's planned launch
date is December 2022.
We seek an experienced astronomer to support the Euclid Calibration Scientist
(m/f/d) already hosted at MPIA, during the remaining year until launch and
the two first years in flight. The successful applicant should be experienced
in several of the following areas, optical and / or NIR:
Imaging and/or spectroscopy, ground-based or space-based, as a PI or in a
support function at an observatory
Calibration, processing and analysis of optical and / or NIR data
Hands-on experience with astronomical instrumentation and their
Statistical modeling of multivariate astronomical datasets, trend analysis
Versatile in python or C/C++, and common astronomical data analysis tools
The work is interdisciplinary and at the heart of the Euclid survey with great
visibility. You will be part of the Euclid Calibration Working Group, with
expert members from the scientific Euclid Consortium and ESA. Our group is
characterized by great collaborative spirit, support and expertise. You will
work on various calibration-related tasks, together with the Euclid
Calibration Scientist and the instrument scientists, and independently on
other tasks, depending on your skills and experience.
The position accommodates an independent research fraction of 20%. You have
access to all ESO facilities including ALMA, as well as privileged access to
the 8.4m LBT in Arizona, the 2.2m MPG/ESO telescope, the Calar Alto 2.2m
telescope, and the IRAM millimeter facilities. Considerable computing
resources are also available. Besides Euclid, MPIA is involved in a number of
large collaborations and surveys, including Gaia, SDSS-V, 4MOST, VRO, and JWST
Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or astrophysics. The position is
funded by MPIA through the German Space Agency (DLR). Initial funding until
the end of 2022 is secured, and is planned to be extended until Euclid Data
Release 1 (DR1, 26 months after launch) in early 2025. The position is open
immediately, and should be filled as soon as possible. MPIA has flexible
working conditions concerning home office, family and Covid-19.
MPIA aims to provide a stimulating, supportive and inclusive work environment
for all genders, religions, and cultural heritages. For questions concerning
promoting and monitoring equal opportunity for all MPIA employees, please
contact Thavisha Dharmawardena email@example.com and regarding
disabilities Ralf Launhardt firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remuneration will be on the German public sector scale (expected to be TVOeD
level E14), and depends in detail on qualification and experience. Extensive
social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service.
For inquiries, please contact the Euclid Scientists Dr. Mischa Schirmer
email@example.com and Dr. Knud Jahnke firstname.lastname@example.org, or the department
assistant Susanne Koltes-Al-Zoubi email@example.com.
Applicants should prepare a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a
complementary brief statement of research interests by August 31, 2021. Please
concatenate them in a single PDF and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Two
letters of reference should be emailed separately by the same date.