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 astronomical projects.
The OPINAS Group investigates the evolution of cosmological structures ranging from small to large scales, with special focus on the formation and evolution of galaxies, as well as their large scale distribution; the characteristics of supermassive black holes; the origin and properties of the dark components of the universe, i.e. dark matter, dark energy.
The applicant will work in the context of the Euclid Organizational Unit on Photometric Redshifts (OU-PHZ), with focus on the spectroscopic calibration efforts. In this context, the OPINAS group is performing a near-infrared spectroscopic campaign using the LUCI spectrographs at LBT. The work involves the design of masks, the observations, data reduction and analysis, measuring accurate spectroscopic redshifts and exploring the galaxy evolution implications. Furthermore, scientific interactions on the above mentioned topics are encouraged.
Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or related field before starting.