Open position at KIS



Open position at KIS

Tenure Track Position in Solar Physics

Applications are invited for the position of an Experimental Astrophysicist with the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS) in Freiburg, Germany.

KIS is a Foundation of Public Law of the state of Baden-Württemberg with the mission to perform fundamental astrophysics research with an emphasis on solar physics. Current research foci include fine structure of photosphere and chromosphere, global magnetic activity and high resolution spectropolarimetry. KIS operates the German solar facilities at the Teide Observatory on Tenerife, including the new 1.5m Gregor solar telescope, to carry out observations at visible and near-infrared wavelengths, and pursues a forefront instrument development program including solar adaptive optics. Further information can be obtained via the world-wide web (

Applicants should have a PhD in physics or astrophysics and a record of several years of post-doctoral research in astrophysics; preferentially in the area of solar physics. We expect an independent research programme and original ideas with a focus on experimental research with the German facilities and other solar observatories, the development of high resolution observing techniques and methods including adaptive optics and image reconstruction, participation in the operation of the German facilities, cooperation in a team of scientists, engagement in the acquisition of third-party funding, and participation in the education of students and young scientists. KIS is committed to increasing the number of female scientists and therefore encourages qualified women to apply.

The initial appointment will be for a term for up to 5 years, depending on the expertise and scientific standing of the successful applicant. A decision about promotion to an indefinite appointment will be made based on an evaluation. The salary and benefits are according to the rules for government employees of the State of Baden-Württemberg (TV-L).

The application should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, copies of three relevant publications, a list of three potential referees, and a description of the research planned at KIS.

Please send your application before September 30, 2012 to:

Prof. O. von der Lühe
Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik
Schöneckstrasse 6
D-79104 Freiburg
Tel.: (+49)-761-3198-0


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