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Postdoc in polarization astrophysics at the German ALMA Regional Centre node

The German node of the European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) at Bonn university invites applications for a postdoc position in polarization astrophysics.

The appointee is expected to spend time on the technical and user support of ALMA, as well as on his/her self-defined research. He/she shall lead the development of polarization tools, such as the implementation of polarization models in the CASA simulator, interfacing the ARTIST software package with CASA, and the extension of the calibration resources.

The position offers the opportunity for research in one of the major centres of radio astronomy in Germany as well as an in-depth involvement in the development and operations of ALMA. The German ARC node is hosted by the universities of Bonn and Cologne and supports ALMA users in Germany and beyond, as well as ALMA operations and development as part of the European ARC network. The position is based at the Argelander-Institute for Astronomy, which comprises diverse research groups in observational and theoretical astrophysics, and maintains close collaborations with the university of Cologne and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy.

The position is available immediately as a limited-term two-year contract, with the possibility of an extension until June 2017 based on good performance. The appointee will be employed with all the benefits of an employee in the public sector. The position requires a PhD in astronomy, physics or other related discipline and expertise with polarization observations and/or modeling. Experience with radio interferometric data, astronomical development projects and/or user support would be an asset. The German ARC node values diversity in its workforce. Thus, women and other underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Letters of applications including a CV, a statement of scientific interests and at least two letters of reference should be sent to Prof. Frank Bertoldi. The search will continue until the position is filled; applications arriving before the deadline of 1 November 2014 will be assured of full consideration. For more information, please contact Prof. Frank Bertoldi.

Submission address:

Argelander-Institute for Astronomy
Prof. F. Bertoldi
Auf dem Hügel 71
D-53121 Bonn, Germany

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