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ORIGINS Vera Rubin Fellow in Astrophysics, Cosmology, Nuclear, Particle Physics or Biophysics

ORIGINS are looking for a Vera Rubin Fellow in astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear, particle physics or biophysics

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 31 Jan 2021
  • Germany | Excellence Cluster ORIGINS
  • Date posted: 18 Dec 2020
  • Job type: Academic: postdoc
  • Disciplines: Astronomy, cosmology & space science  | Nuclear, fusion & energy 

The Excellence Cluster ‘ORIGINS: From the Origins of the Universe to the First Building Blocks of Life’ started January 2019 and is funded within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The interdisciplinary research project is a cooperation of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM) as well as the Max Planck Institutes for Astrophysics (MPA), Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), Physics (MPP), Plasma Physics (IPP) and Biochemistry (MPIB), the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Leibniz supercomputing center (LRZ). The Excellence Cluster Origins will study the evolution of the cosmos – from the inception of the universe to the first building blocks of life in an interdisciplinary manner combining astro-, particle and biophysics. Our aim is to show that life is a natural consequence of the evolution of the universe – and thus can be understood based on the fundamental laws of physics and chemistry and the initial conditions created by the Big Bang.

The advancement of women in the sciences, especially in all areas of physics, is integral to the policy of the Excellence Cluster ORIGINS. As part of our ORIGINS VERA RUBIN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM we are looking for a recent (within five years of receipt of their PhD), highly qualified, female PhD graduate. The Vera Rubin fellow will have the opportunity to work independently and potentially pursue an interdisciplinary research program in any research area of the ORIGINS Cluster (theoretical or experimental). Fellowship appointments will be for a three-year term and come with a travel budget of EUR 5,000/year.

We offer a full-time position at the Munich/Garching campus starting at the earliest possible date. Salary and benefits are commensurate with the pay scale of public service organizations (TV-L E14). Disabled persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants.


Candidates should send a cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a brief statement of research accomplishments and a future research plan for the full three-year appointment, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to The application deadline is 14 December 2020. More information about the ORIGINS Excellence Cluster can be found on the webpage:


Dr Alice M Smith-Gicklhorn,

Excellence Cluster ORIGINS, Boltzmannstraße 2, 85748 Garching, Germany

Tel. +49 (0)89 35831 7104


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