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Postdoctoral Research Assistant


Einrichtung: Institute for Astrophysics (ID 13952)

Ansprechpartner: Mr David J. E. Marsh

Besetzungsdatum: ab sofort

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 09.11.2018


The Institute for Astrophysics at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is looking to fill the position of

Postdoctoral Research Assistantin
in the research group of Prof. David J. E. Marsh, working on Axion Cosmology.


This position should be filled by September 2019. The regular working hours will be (currently 39,8 hours per week) with a limited contract of 3 years. Salary: Pay grade 13 TV-L.

The successful candidate should be an independent researcher capable of pursuing topics under their own initiative as well as part of a group. They will be expected to spend up to half of their research time working on a project under the supervision of David Marsh. Current projects being pursued include: axion detection with topological insulators, “fuzzy” dark matter and non-linear structure formation, axion miniclusters and microlensing, precision constraints on ultralight axions from cosmological surveys, and constraints on the string theory landscape from axion statistics.

The other half of the research time will be free to pursue other projects of the candidate’s choice, which should be outlined in a research proposal (no more than 3 pages). Successful candidates are encouraged to collaborate within the Göttingen Physics department, for example with Jens Niemeyer (computational cosmology), Laura Covi (astroparticle physics), as well as a significant number of postdocs, PhD and masters students already within the group.

The successful candidate will hold a highly qualified PhD and should have a demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following areas: axion physics, dark matter, cosmological data analysis, astrophysical simulations, particle physics. In exceptional circumstances candidates with a more broad research profile will be considered. The applicant's willingness to work on setting up a research network on Dark Matter (including proficiency in the English language) is equally as desirable as is teaching and outreach experience and publishing results.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

The initial deadline for receipt of applications is 15th December 2018, with interviews and offers to be made in February 2019. The start date is negotiable and applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Applicants should contact David J. E. Marsh directly with all questions at marsh.postdoc.search@gmail.com. Candidates should send their application with the usual documents.

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