PhD position in solar physics (m/f/d)

The Institute of Solar Physics (KIS), Freiburg, Germany, invites applications for a part-time PhD position (75%) in the Department of Solar Magnetism.

KIS is a foundation under public law of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Its mission is to conduct fundamental astrophysical research with a focus on solar physics. Current research foci are 1) Solar Magnetism, 2) Solar-Stellar connections, 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

PhD scientist in solar physics (m/w/d)

The PhD candidate will work together with Dr. Juan Manuel Borrero and Dr. Ivan Milic within the department Solar Magnetism ( on the characterization of the photospheric and chromospheric magnetic field in and around active regions, with a particular focus on the determination of electric currents and non-potentiality of the magnetic field. This will be done by applying Stokes inversion codes to spectropolarimetric observations of active regions in the solar photosphere and chromosphere recorded with state-of-the-art instrumentation at facilities such as GREGOR, Sunrise and DKIST.

The defense of the doctoral thesis is expected to take place at the University of Freiburg. At past of the University enrollment the candidate will be required to carry out teaching-assistant duties at Freiburg University at a Bachelors and Masters level for five semesters.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Masters degree or equivalent in astrophysics, and ideally also knowledge of spectropolarimetry and inversion codes.

Our offer: The position is funded through the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The contract will be for a period of 3 years and the salary and benefits are according to the rules for government employees of the State of Baden-Württemberg (TV-L) and German law. The scale will be in accordance with the TV-L E-13 level (75 %) of the German public employees (gross salary between 40,000 - 44,000 EUR per year depending on experience) and includes contributions to a pension plan, Christmas bonus, health and unemployment insurances.

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, contributes to the costs of childcare and discounts on public transport fares.

The application should include a motivation letter, CV, contact details for 2 references, copy of the Master's thesis, transcripts of all university-level results (bachelor and master grade lists and diplomas/degree certificates) and a proof of English Language proficiency. Please state the earliest possible starting date.

The position is available immediately. Deadline for application is August 1st, 2024.

Applications using the reference “DFG funded PhD position in Solar Magnetism” should be sent as a single pdf file to email:

For questions please contact: 
Dr. Juan Manuel Borrero, E-Mail:, Dr. Ivan Milic, E-Mail:


General remarks

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

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).