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Postdoctoral position

The Laboratory Astrophysics Group of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of astrochemistry. The successful candidate would be responsible for the execution of a project focused on experimental studies of the erosion of carbonaceous dust by ionizing radiation and diamond formation in astrophysical environments.

The position is immediately available and the appointment period is scheduled for one year, but can be renewed based on satisfactory progress. The salary for the position is based on the German federal public service scale (E13 TV-L, see http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/tv-l/ost) with regular weekly working hours. The position needs to be filled as early as possible, so please let us know your availability as well.

Applicants must have a strong background in one or several fields comprising UHV technology, diamond CVD growth, and Raman spectroscopy. Programming experience (LabVIEW) is beneficial. Solid communication skills in English are mandatory. Please send a letter of interest, two letters of recommendation, a CV, and a publication list to the e-mail address provided below.

Contact: Dr. Cornelia Jäger
Laboratory Astrophysics Group of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Institute of Solid State Physics
Helmholtzweg 3
07743 Jena
Germany
E-mail: cornelia.jaeger at uni-jena.de
Website: http://www.astrolab.uni-jena.de/

PhD student position

The Laboratory Astrophysics Group of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena invites applications for a PhD position in the field of experimental astrochemistry. The candidate will be responsible for experimental studies on the erosion and formation of carbon and diamond grains in astrophysical environments.

The position is immediately available and the appointment period is scheduled for three years. The salary for the position is based on the German federal public service scale (50 % E13 TV-L, see http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/tv-l/ost) with regular weekly working hours. The position needs to be filled as early as possible, so please let us know your availability as well.

Applicants must have a M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics or a related field, including a written Master thesis. In addition, they should have a strong background in one or several fields comprising UHV technology, diamond CVD growth, and Raman spectroscopy. Programming experience (LabVIEW) is beneficial. Solid communication skills in English and willingness to work in a team are required. Please send a letter of interest, a CV, a certificate, and a letter of recommendation to the e-mail address given below.

Contact: Dr. Cornelia Jäger
Laboratory Astrophysics Group of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Institute of Solid State Physics
Helmholtzweg 3
07743 Jena
Germany
E-mail: cornelia.jaeger at uni-jena.de
Website: http://www.astrolab.uni-jena.de/

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The Laboratory Astrophysics Group of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy working in the Physics Department of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena is seeking an ambitious and qualified postdoctoral researcher in the field of experimental astrophysics. The successful applicant is expected to carry out experimental research related to the UV and X-ray stability of particle-ice mixtures in astrophysical environments. The project is part of the Research Unit FOR 2285 "Debris Disks in Planetary Systems", recently established by the German Research Foundation. In the funded project ("Optical properties and photostability of ice-silicate-carbon mixtures in stellar UV fields"), we plan to study the erosion of astrophysically relevant dust/ice mixtures triggered by photosputtering at low temperature and pressure conditions. The successful candidate will be involved in the installation of a new UHV system in collaboration with the staff of the Group and the conduction of photosputtering experiments including (i) the preparation and optical characterization of the original and processed dust/ice layers and (ii) the measurements of sputtering and desorption rates of molecules using mass spectrometry.

Applicants should have a sound background in UHV technology, mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy, laser technology, and up-to-date characterization methods of solids. Candidates should hold a PhD in astrophysics or a closely related field with emphasis on laboratory experiments. Solid communication skills in English (written, oral) are required.

The deadline for applications is the 15th of November 2015. The full-time position will be filled initially for two years, with a likely extension to three years and with a starting date as early as possible, but not much later than in early 2016. Applicants should send a single document in PDF format including a CV, a list of publications, and a brief statement of research interests by email. They should also arrange for two letters of reference.

Contact: Dr. Cornelia Jäger
Laboratory Astrophysics Group of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Institute of Solid State Physics
Helmholtzweg 3
07743 Jena
Germany
E-mail: cornelia.jaeger at uni-jena.de
Website: http://www.astrolab.uni-jena.de/