Postdoctoral Position in X-ray Time Domain Astrophysics

Postdoctoral Position in X-ray Time Domain Astrophysics

MPE - Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

Garching, Germany

The High-Energy group, led by Prof. K. Nandra, carries out major space hardware programs, including the development of X-ray detectors and X-ray optics. The group has contributed significantly to ROSAT, Chandra and XMM–Newton and has built the eROSITA X-ray telescope, successfully launched aboard the SRG mission on July 12th 2019.

MPE is also providing hardware to the Chinese Einstein Probe Mission, due for launch in mid-2020s, and is a leading institute in ESA’s Athena X-ray observatory, due for launch around 2030.

Applications are invited for one Postdoctoral position in the field of X-ray transients and time domain studies in the High-Energy astrophysics group of MPE. The appointment will be for 2 years, with the possibility of an extension to 3 years.

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  • Applicants must have Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or Astrophysics, or expect to obtain their Ph.D. in the near future.

The position

The successful applicant is expected to contribute specifically to two areas in the MPE High-Energy group. Firstly, they shall coordinate the scientific activities in the group in preparation for the Chinese Einstein Probe mission. Einstein Probe is due for launch in the mid-2020ies and the High-Energy Group is contributing hardware for the FXT instrument. Secondly, the applicant is expected to perform time domain studies related to transients detected in the SRG/eROSITA all-sky survey. Familiarity with X-ray transient time domain studies, multi-wavelength follow-up, and/or interpretation would be desirable.

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