PhD Position in Instrument Development for Thz Astronomy

University of Cologne Institute for Astrophysics


Universität zu Köln | Institute for Astrophysics (I. Physik. Institut)

PhD position (f/m/d) in instrument development for THz astronomy

  • Online seit 29.04.2021
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Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
PhD position (f/m/d) in instrument development for THz astronomy
Institute for Astrophysics (I. Physik. Institut)

The University of Cologne is one of the largest and most research-intensive universities in Germany, offering a wide range of subjects. With its six faculties and its interfaculty centres, it offers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and internationally outstanding profile areas, supported by the administration with its services.

The Institute for Astrophysics at the University of Cologne builds and operates state-of-the-art instrumentation in submm/THz astronomy. As part of the CRC 956 “Conditions and Impact of Star Formation”, the detector/microstructure lab engages in instrumentation for the CCAT-prime telescope, in particular towards a mid- resolution spectroscopic camera.


  • assess the status of the development of super- conducting power detectors and relevant astronomical instrumentation
  • participate in the development and design of a new instrument (spectroscopic camera) for CCAT
  • fabricate a prototype of the instrument and test and evaluate its performance


  • broad support by the CRC 956 doctoral program
  • a diverse and fair working environment
  • support in reconciling work and family life
  • flexible working time models
  • extensive advanced training opportunities
  • occupational health management offers
  • local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees

The position is available immediately on a part-time basis (50% - 75%). It is initially limited to 31.12.2022. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.

The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome applications from people with disabilities / special needs or of equal status.

Please apply online at: with proof of the sought qualifications. The reference number is Wiss2104-22. The application deadline is the 30. 06.2021.



  • you have a university degree (diploma or MSc) in physics or electrical engineering
  • you are genuinely interested in the physics of high sensitivity detectors and related technologies
  • you have experience in laboratory work and experiments, in particular in superconductivity and/or microstructuring fabrication and cryogenic measurements and/or microwave design


Art der Beschäftigung
Zeitraum der Beschäftigung
It is initially limited to 31.12.2022.
remuneration group TV-L 13 of the pay scale for the German public sector
Mittwoch, 30. Juni 2021 - 23:59


Hochschule / Einrichtung
Universität zu Köln
Institut / Einrichtung
Institute for Astrophysics (I. Physik. Institut)
50931 Köln, Deutschland
Frau Cornelia Honingh
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