The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching
(Bavaria, Germany) is a world-leading institute in space- and ground-based
experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in a number of large
The Centre for Astrochemical Studies (CAS) group focuses its research on
several aspects of star formation, with special interest in the use of
astrochemistry to unveil the process of star and planet formation and in the
growing chemical complexity during this process. We have world-leading
expertise in all the main fields related to astrochemistry, from theoretical
works concerning dynamic simulations and chemical networks, to laboratory
experiments with molecules of astronomical interest, to observational studies
of star- and planet-forming regions at various stages of evolution, as well as
In the framework of the Max Planck Research Group (MPRG) lead by Dr. Silvia
Spezzano, we are seeking one post-doctoral candidates with background in high
resolution gas-phase laboratory spectroscopy (cm-wave range to IR).
The goal of the research group is to follow the chemical link of our
astrochemical origins, and the goal of the Postdoc project is to use state-of-
the-art laboratory experiments to provide high-resolution spectroscopic data
for characterising the chemical budget in all stages of the formation stars
and planetary systems, from starless cores to exoplanetary atmospheres.
The appointment will be for 2 years. Funding for travel and publication
expenses will be provided dependent on availability.
The salary and social benefits are based on the German TVöD scale for public
employees, depending on experience.
Applicants should submit their documents (in PDF form) via our application
portal including a CV, a list of publications, a brief (~1 page) description
or research interests by October 31, 2021. Two referees should be
identified, who can provide letters of recommendation upon request.
For information about the project, please contact Dr. Silvia Spezzano
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals
with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from
such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to
increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented
and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.