Project scientist in Seismology for a contribution to a seismometer experiment on Mars

Germany (DE)
Aug 09, 2018
Sep 08, 2018
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The MPS ( has contributed the leveling system to the SEIS instrument, a broadband seismometer that will be deployed by the NASA mission InSight ( on the surface of Mars. The mission has been launched and the landing is scheduled for 26 November 2018.

The successful applicant holds a PhD degree in geophysics, physics, or a related field. She or he has a good knowledge of seismology in general and is familiar with seismic instrumentation. Applicants must be able to lead a scientific project and to work in an international team of scientists and engineers. Aside from assisting in the operation of the instrument the successful applicant will be involved in the analysis and interpretation of the data in coordination with the international team.

InSight is led by the USA and restrictions may apply for nationals of certain countries.  

The salary will be according to group E13 in the salary scheme of the Federal German public service. In case of exceptional experience and expertise, salary group E14 would be possible.

The starting date can be 1 October 2018 or later. The contract will be limited until 30 June 2021. In case of an extension of the InSight mission an extension of the contract is possible.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

Applications can be sent electronically or in paper form and should comprise a cover letter detailing the motivation for applying and the qualification for the position, a CV including a statement on nationality, a list of publications, copies of relevant university certificates and the names and email addresses of two or more references. Applications or inquiries for further  information should be addressed to

Prof. Ulrich Christensen

Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung

Justus-von-Liebig Weg 3,  37077 Göttingen, Germany

Review of applications will start on 17 September 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

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