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The Chair of Multi-wavelength astrophysics at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy is looking for a 

Scientific researcher (m,f,x) for 2 years,39,83 hours per week, TVL E13

The newly funded ERC consolidator group “Dark100”, led by Elisa Pueschel (https://epuesche.github.io/), is searching for a new group member (m/f/d). Dark100 will deploy an array of ~10 small Fresnel telescopes, designed by the PANOSETI group at University of San Diego, and use them for the detection of >10 TeV gamma rays via the imaging atmospheric Cherenkov technique. The ultimate goal of the project is to search for dark matter at higher masses than are probed by classical Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes. The selected researcher will play a leading role in hardware development and deployment, working with auxiliary telescope technologies such as mounts, enclosures, and calibration systems.

The researcher will also be part of RUB’s multi-messenger group, led by Anna Franckowiak (https://people.astro.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/afranck/), which is involved in multi-wavelength data analysis ranging from optical (ZTF, ASAS-SN, LS4, LAST) to gamma-ray data (VERITAS, Fermi-LAT, CTA). In addition, the group is involved in high-energy neutrino astronomy with the IceCube Observatory and in the development of a wide field-of-view survey instrument based on the modular design of LAST.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: 01.11.2024
application deadline:
02.09.2024

Your tasks:

  • assembly and testing of auxiliary telescope systems, e.g. mounts, enclosures, calibration systems
  • active role in array deployment
  • active role in array verification and early data taking

Your profile:

  • master in astroparticle physics or particle physics (or related field)
  • PhD in astroparticle physics or particle physics is desirable
  • hardware experience is desirable
  • experience in gamma-ray astronomy is a plus
  • good knowledge of English
  • willingness to travel

Our offerings:

  • a qualified induction programme
  • Team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • Fair working hours and family-friendly working
  • A varied sports programme with over 80 types of sport and the university's own fitness studio
  • a workplace in a green environment with direct access to the botanical garden of the Ruhr University Bochum

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews. https://www.wpr.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).
https://www.daf.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/sbgk/index.html.en

You can find information about TVL at: https://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Elisa Pueschel, Phone: +49234 32 24546

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 3552 until 02.09.2024, send by e-mail to the following address: elisa.pueschel@astro.rub.de

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