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The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy is one of the research institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG). As an innovative research institution with numerous
international collaborations, we carry out fundamental research across a range of astronomical
topics. The Division for submm/FIR Technologies supports cutting-edge research by providing
innovative instrumentation for a number of experiments, among them, the operation of the word-leading submm telescope APEX (Atacama Pathfinder Experiments) and the
high resolution spectrometer GREAT (0,5-4,7 THz) aboard the NASA-DLR Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).
For the development and operation of advanced receiver systems for these observatories the MPIfR has an immediate opening for a
As project scientist in the Division for submm/FIR Technologies you will be responsible for leading technological developments related to instrumentation
for APEX, GREAT and other projects under the guidance and in consultation with the division head. A solid understanding of the observing principles of modern
submm/FIR astronomy and fundamental knowledge of the underlying detector- and antenna technologies are necessary prerequisites this position.
Specific key elements of this position are:
Independent development and operation of research instrumentation such as new receivers or upgrades of existing systems for a variety of observing platforms.
Project leadership and management, including presentation and Institute representation at national
and international coordination meetings.
A goal-oriented, systematic and precise approach to bringing research instruments into science operation.
Conception and realization of designs in close cooperation with Institute scientific and technical staff members.
Quality assurance of system functionality and instrument performance.
Requirements for this position are:
A Ph.D. or equivalent in Physics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering or the equivalent.
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collegially with teams of scientists and technical personnel.
Excellent communication in English (required) and German (desirable) in written and verbal forms.
The ability to take part in multi-week observing campaigns at locations across the world. Work during the campaigns can be stressful and will require medical clearance to work at high altitudes (to 5100 meters) and at remote sites.
Candidates should have expert experience in one or more of the following areas:
Fundamental knowledge in the fields of
Cryogenic systems suitable for astronomical receivers
Working knowledge of
Submm- and Terahertz technology
Radio astronomical receivers
Senior roles in international projects
Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary
agreement for public service employees). We are trying to balance gender within the division, hence encourages women to apply.
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.
Please submit your application (cover letter describing your interest and background, current Curriculum
Vitae or resume) and the names and contact information of three references in electronic form via mail indicating the reference number 1806 to
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
Auf dem Hügel 69
E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.orgClosing date for applications: 15.08.2018