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Postdoctoral Scientist in Solar Magnetism

The Leibniz-Institute for Solar Physics (KIS), Freiburg, Germany, invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral scientist position in solar magnetism within the department “Solar and Stellar Astrophysics”.

KIS is a foundation under public law of the state of Baden-Württemberg and a member of the Leibniz Association. Its mission is to conduct fundamental astrophysical research with a focus on solar physics. Current research foci are 1) Dynamic solar atmosphere, 2) The Sun among stars, and 3) Instruments, techniques, and data. KIS operates the German solar telescopes at the Teide Observatory on Tenerife (OT), Spain, and the Science Data Center (SDC) in Freiburg, Germany. KIS leads and participates in several EU cooperation projects and contributes advanced instrumentation to the world's largest solar telescope (DKIST, 4m) on Maui, USA.

We are looking for a

postdoctoral scientist in solar magnetism (m/f/d)

to work full-time within the department “Solar and Stellar Astrophysics”.

The scientist will work in the group “Solar Magnetism” within the department “Solar and Stellar Astrophysics”. The group consists of several solar physicists working on magnetic, thermal, and nonthermal properties of the solar atmosphere. The successful candidate will broaden the group expertise in microwave imaging and imaging spectroscopy with the main focus on solar data obtained with EOVSA, ALMA, and VLA.

Tasks of the scientist include:

  • Creating a data base of solar microwave spectroscopy data at KIS Science Data Centre (SDC).
  • Synthesizing evolving multi-frequency images using data obtained with EOVSA, ALMA, and VLA for active regions and solar flares of interest and offer these data products through SDC.
  • Carrying out scientific research and publishing results in peer-reviewed papers.
  • Contributing to the training of scientists and engineers at the institute.
  • Enhancing the scientific exchange by collaborating with peers.
  • Enhancing the public image of the institute by contributing to various outreach activities.


Applicants should have a PhD in physics or astrophysics. The required qualifications include knowledge in radio interferometry, python, CASA. The desired qualifications include knowledge of existing radio interferometers. Knowledge of IDL would be an asset.

Our offer:

The position is located in Freiburg, Germany. The appointment will be a full-time postdoctoral position for 2 years. The salary and benefits are according to the rules for government employees of the State of Baden-Württemberg (TV-L) and German law.

You can expect a challenging and future-oriented field of activity with opportunities for creativity at an innovative and successful research institute. We offer a wide range of development and training opportunities, an open and constructive working atmosphere, and commensurate remuneration including the social benefits customary in the public sector. The KIS strives to promote the compatibility of work and family, flexible, family-friendly working hours, and contributes to the costs of childcare.

Equal opportunity environment is important to us, and we welcome applicants from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in astronomy. We will be particularly pleased to receive applications from women.

The application should include a motivation letter, CV, list of publications, research statement (maximum 2 pages) and names and contact details for 3 references. Please state the earliest possible starting date.

The position is available immediately. Applications will be considered from February 19, 2023, until the position is filled.

Applications using the the reference “Postdoc Solar Magnetism” should be sent as a single pdf file to email: hr@~@leibniz-kis.de

or in written form to:

    Leibniz-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS)
    Schöneckstraße 6
    D-79104 Freiburg
    Reference: Postdoc Solar Magnetism

For questions please contact

Prof. Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina, KIS Executive Director, Email: svetlana.berdyugina@~@leibniz-kis.de

Dr. Gregory Fleishman, Head of the group “Solar Magnetism”, Email: gregory.fleishman@~@leibniz-kis.de (from 01.02.2023)

General remarks

Full-time positions may generally be split up into two or more part-time positions, provided that there are no formal or legal barriers. Candidates will be selected in accordance with the provisions of the AGG (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz - German General Equal Treatment Act).

Applicants with disabilities will be given preferential consideration if they have equal qualifications.