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Job offer, November 13, 2013

Postdoctoral Positions in Solar Physics

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) invites applications for postdoctoral positions in solar physics and related astrophysical research.

The vibrant and growing Solar Department at the MPS has leading participations in high-profile solar space missions, is involved in several ground-based observational programs, has successfully flown the Sunrise balloon-borne observatory and provides outstanding opportunities for theoretical and numerical work. The research fields include dynamo processes, solar variability and climate, solar magnetic fields, physics of the photosphere, chromosphere, transition region, corona and solar wind, as well as stellar magnetism (pdffurther details).

Successful applicants are expected to pursue research related to the current topics of the department in collaboration with members of the scientific staff.

The institute is currently located in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, but will move in the beginning of 2014 to Goettingen, a lively and scenic university town, into a striking and well-equipped new building on the northern campus of the University, in the immediate vicinity of the Institute for Astrophysics of the University.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or a closely related field. They should have an outstanding research record and relevant experience in solar instrumentation, data analysis, or theory/numerical modeling.

Review of applications will begin January 6, 2014 and continue until the positions are filled. The positions are offered initially for a period of up to two years and may be extended by one more year depending on performance.

Applications including a CV, a statement of research interests and plans, and a publication list should be sent to:

In addition applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted separately to the same address.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and disabled persons.

For further information please contact:

Sami K. Solanki ( or
Johannes Stecker (

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