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Gliese Fellowship 2019

The Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH) invites applications for the Gliese Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, named in honor of Wilhelm Gliese (1915 - 1993) and his pioneering astrometric studies of stars in the solar neighborhood.

The Gliese Postdoctoral Fellowship provides a competitive salary and research budget for three years to an outstanding postdoctoral researcher in any area of astronomy or astrophysics in which scientists at ZAH are active.

The goal of the Gliese Fellowship is to offer scientists within a few years after their PhD the best possible opportunities to develop their talents within a rich and inspiring scientific environment. The successful Gliese Fellow will enjoy freedom in his/her research activities. We especially encourage female scientists to apply.

Applicants should submit a single document (one single pdf-file) to the e-mail address given below by November 30, 2018. This document should include their cv, a list of publications, and a one-page research plan. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation by scientists familiar with their work be sent to us by that date. The appointment is expected to start in fall 2019. At the time of application candidates should already have received their PhD.

The Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH) consists of three institutes: the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI), the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA) and the Landessternwarte Königstuhl (LSW). The ZAH represents the largest center of astronomical research at any German university. Its scientific activities cover a wide range of fields in observational and theoretical research, extending from planet and star formation, exoplanet searches, Galactic astronomy, galaxy formation and evolution, to gravitational lensing and cosmology. The ZAH is involved in the development of astronomical instrumentation, is part of the Gaia Data Reduction and Analysis Consortium (DPAC), is a partner in the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) and participates in major international survey projects.

Excellent local computing facilities, access to supercomputers and participation in Virtual Observatory and eScience activities supplement the research infrastructure at ZAH. There are strong collaborative ties with the local Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy and the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics.

Applications for the Gliese Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019 as well as letters of recommendation should be submitted by November 30, 2019 to Dr. Guido Thimm at gliese-fellowship(at)


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