Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (formerly known as Kiepenheuer-Institute, KIS, Freiburg, Germany) – Postdoctoral Position in Observational Solar Physics

January 15, 2019, from Richard Morton

The Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (formerly known as Kiepenheuer-Institute, KIS) in Freiburg, Germany, a public-law foundation and member of the Leibniz Association, conducts basic research in the field of astrophysics. The Institute coordinates the “High-resolution Solar Physics Network – SOLARNET” aimed at activities of European Institutions and Organisations and funded within the EU framework programme “Horizon 2020” and operates the German solar telescopes on the Canary Islands.

The Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics is currently seeking to fill the full-time position of a post-doctoral researcher to work on the further development of the Helioseismic Large Regions Interferometric Device (HELLRIDE) operated at the Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT), Tenerife, in a project funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG).

HELLRIDE is a dual Etalon based two-dimensional spectrograph combined with a fast pre-filter exchange system to allow sequential fast scanning through multiple solar absorption lines. This instrument serves as proto-type for a post-focus instrument of the planned Solar Physics Research Integrated Network Group (SPRING).

The main tasks connected with the position are to contribute to the study of fast events in the solar atmosphere with HELLRIDE by the further optical development of this instrument. This includes to incorporate polarimetric capabilities and to facilitate full-disk observations in preparation of SPRING.
The observational data will be interpreted in collaboration with project partners in Graz, Austria.

Applicants should have experience in observational solar physics applicable to further developing post-focus instrumentation. Additional desirable skills include the familiarity with the setup and operation of Fabry–Perot interferometers in combination with polarimeters and the reduction and scientific analysis of respective observational data.

The contract is expected to start in early 2019 with a duration of three years. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Solar Physics, Space Physics, Physics, Astronomy, or appropriate similar fields. They should have demonstrated ability to pursue independent research and work as a member of a team, as well as a strong record of publication and presentation.

We offer:
– attractive employment conditions in the varied and demanding working environment of an internationally renowned research institute
– support for the reconciliation of work and family life, e.g. by contributing to childcare expenses and flexible working hours
– a large range of training programmes.

Employment and remuneration will be based on the TV-L collective agreement. Full-time positions may be shared in principle, provided that there are no institutional or legal impediments to doing so.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Severely disabled candidates, who are equally competent and qualified, will be given priority.

Interested candidates should send their electronic application documents as a single PDF document (including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of previous and envisioned work, copies of university certificates, and a list of three potential referees) to
hr@leibniz-kis.de with the keyword “HELLRIDE Post-Doc” in the email subject.

The screening of applications will start on February 1, 2019 until the position is filled.

For any queries in connection with this vacancy, please contact:
Markus Roth
Leibniz-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS)
Schöneckstr. 6
79104 Freiburg
Email: mroth@leibniz-kis.de
Ph.: (++49-761) 3198-228