W3 Professor & Groupleader for Theoretical Astrophysics

10 09 2018

Job Category: Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: Large Academic
Institution/Company: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Department Name: Department of Physics and Astronomy
City: Heidelberg
State/Province: 
Baden-Württemberg
Country: Germany

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) invite applications for the position of a

Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics

This tenured position on the German W3 level (full professor) is thematically oriented towards the field of “Computational Astrophysics”. The successful applicant will be appointed at Heidelberg University and establish a new research group at HITS.

Outstanding candidates in all areas of theoretical astrophysics with a focus on numerical modeling of astrophysical processes will be considered. We are particularly looking for expertise in the development of numerical methods for astrophysical simulations on high-performance computing facilities, complementing the research programs at HITS and Heidelberg University. The appointee must have a strong academic standing, showing internationally competitive research and high potential for future scientific impact. Conditions for appointment are a doctorate in physics or astronomy and (in accordance with Article 47, Paragraph 2 of the Higher Education Law of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg) a habilitation or comparable qualification, as well as pedagogical aptitude. Duties at the Department of Physics and Astronomy include teaching and participation in academic administration.

Heidelberg offers a vibrant scientific community with the University’s Zentrum für Astronomie (ZAH), the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy and the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics. The new group will be hosted by the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies – a private, non-profit, multi-disciplinary institute conducting fundamental research in several fields of natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science. It provides highly competitive resources to develop a high-impact research agenda. With its excellent computational infrastructure, HITS is especially well equipped for research focusing on numerical astrophysics.

Heidelberg University aims to increase the number of women on its faculty, hence specifically encourages qualified women to apply. Disabled persons will be given preference if they are equally qualified.

Applications with the usual documents (research statement, curriculum vitae detailing the scientific career, full publication list and a list of previous lecture courses and talks) are requested to be sent electronically only (pdf) by November 30, 2018, to Prof. Hans-Christian Schultz-Coulon, Dean, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 227, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany (dekanat@physik.uni-heidelberg.de).

Application Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2018
Current Status of Position: Accepting Applicants

Attention To: Prof. Hans-Christian Schultz-Coulon
Title: Dean
Institution/Company: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Department Name: Department of Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: Im Neuenheimer Feld 227
City: Heidelberg
Zip/Postal Code: 69120
Country: Germany
Email: dekanat@physik.uni-heidelberg.de

Attention To: Prof. Friedrich Roepke
Subject: HITS Professorship
Email: friedrich.roepke@h-its.org

About HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.

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