Postdoctoral and PhD positions in planet formation

The Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich invites applications for several
  • postdoctoral positions (initially 2 years, possibility of extension up to 5 years, contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding)
  • PhD positions (paid on 75% TVoeD E13 level for public employees)
in the field of planet formation.

Experience in topics related to planet formation, protoplanetary disks, hydrodynamics, astrochemistry, or computational astrophysics is welcome but a broad range of related areas of expertise will also be considered.

The positions are offered within the new research group led by Professor Til Birnstiel funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and the LMU Munich. Substantial supercomputing resources and funding for computing equipment and travel will be available. Salaries and social benefits are based on the German TVoeD scale for public employees. The group is stationed at the LMU within one of Europes leading physics departments and embedded in the vibrant astrophysics environment in Munich consisting of MPE, MPA, LMU, and ESO, which together form one of the largest centers of astrophysical research in the world.

To apply, please send a CV and statement of research interest (describing previous accomplishments and future interest, max. 2 pages) to In addition, please arrange for 2-3 letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the referees to the same address.

All email correspondence should contain the applicant's name in the subject as well as the type of application (PhD or postdoc).

The applications will start being reviewed on March 1st, 2017 and will continue until an offer is accepted. The anticipated starting dates are as soon as possible but not significantly later than September 2017.