Postdoc in spectroscopy @ MPS



Postdoc in spectroscopy @ MPS


The “Stellar Ages and Galactic Evolution” (SAGE, independent research group based at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS, in Göttingen, Germany invites experts in spectroscopic analyses with interest in evolution of the Galaxy to apply for a postdoctoral position funded by the MERAC foundation. The position is for 2 years. Payment and benefits are according to German TVÖD.

The Position

The SAGE research group is a vibrant and young group consisting of experts in asteroseismology, stellar evolution, Milky Way structure and computer science. The group now seeks an expert in spectroscopy for a project involving an in-depth observational study to trace stellar origins. The candidate will analyse state-of-the-art data from large spectroscopic surveys such as SDSS/APOGEE, while additional observations may be taken using the NOT/FIES spectrograph. For further information and inquiries about this project please contact Saskia Hekker (

Your profile

We seek a motivated candidate with a PhD in astronomy and knowledge and skills in spectroscopic analyses. Knowledge about the Milky Way structure and evolution is appreciated but not required. Applicants should have published research results in peer-reviewed high quality journals, demonstrated creativity, independence, high motivation, good communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as with other members of our research group.

Your application

Please send your application including:

  • a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and your motivation to work on the project,
  • a CV with a full publication list, and
  • names and contacts of two to three references.

The application should be submitted electronically as one file to Saskia Hekker ( with "Job application SAGE-MERAC" in the subject line. Applications received by March 1, 2016 will receive full consideration. Review of the applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.