Postdoctoral Scientist on Helioseismology at the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik, Freiburg, Germany

Closing Date: September 30, 2013

Ref: PostDoc (SpaceInn)

Applications are invited for the full-time position of a post-doctoral scientist at the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS), Freiburg, Germany. The position will be part of the collaborative project “Exploitation of Space Data for Innovative Helio- and Asteroseismology – SpaceInn” which is funded under EU’s Framework Programme 7 and aims at an optimal use of existing and planned data in helio- and asteroseismology (

The successful candidate will join the vibrant research group on helio- and asteroseismology led by Dr. Markus Roth within the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik in Freiburg. This research group is currently composed of 2 staff scientists, 3 postdocs, 4 Phd students, 2 master students and a number of visiting scientists.

Based on the existing Fourier-Legendre analysis pipeline for helioseismic data at KIS, the successful candiate will work on improving the parameter estimation of p modes, inversions, and implementing the pipeline at the German data center for SDO hosted at the Max-Planck institute for Solar System Research in Katlenburg-Lindau.

Applicants should have a PhD in physics or astrophysics and research experience in helioseismology. Knowledge of programming computer codes and webinterfaces, as well as of helioseismic inversions are of advantage.

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 the Sun, the stars, and advanced instrumention development. 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. Further information can be obtained at the institute’s webpage (

KIS is committed to increasing the number of female scientists and therefore encourages
qualified women to apply.

The position is available immediately. Starting date can be negotiated. The initial appointment is for 2 years.

General information:
The employment, salary, and benefits are according to the rules of the “Tarifvertrag für den
öffentlichen Dienst der Länder” (collective agreement for public services of the Federal States). Full-time positions can be shared, if there is no conflict with official and legal reasons.
Severly handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed with preference.

The application should include a curriculum vitae, university degree, PhD certificate, a list of publications, copies of three relevant publications, and a list of three potential referees.

Candidates that match the required profile will be continuously interviewed until the position is filled.

Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik
Freiburg, Germany
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