University Assistant (prae doc): Observational Galaxy Evolution

Supervision: Bodo Ziegler (Department of Astrophysics)

Project outline:

This position is for PhD research work in the field of physical parameters of galaxies and their evolution. Important aspects are galaxy kinematics and structure, stellar populations and star formation. The topic will be within scaling relations and their evolution. New techniques in determination of structural components and in dynamical modelling will advance the study beyond the traditional analysis. The main source for the investigations will be observational data, in particular spectroscopy in the optical/NIR wavelength regime (e.g. ESO-VLT MUSE & KMOS) for high-redshift galaxies. Thus, experience in reduction of spectra and their analysis will be a main criterion in the selection process. 

Job Description:               

The position aims to deepen and extend the professional and scientific education targeting a doctoral degree. Tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Independent research and development of an academic profile targeting a doctoral degree. We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within one year.
  • Participation in research, teaching and administration of the research group/department
  • Participation in examination activities
  • Participation in evaluation activities and in quality assurance
  • Supervision of students
  • Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
  • Participation in all group activities, contributions to publications and presentations, support in preparation of research proposals and acquisition of third-party funding, participation in the organisation of conferences, workshops and meetings

The candidate who is selected for this position joins VISESS as a PhD student member.


  • Astrophysics / Astronomy: Master’s Degree or equivalent
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Experience in reduction of spectra and their analysis

We offer:

  • Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade
  • An active and inspiring research environment, a vibrant PhD community and many ways to connect with peers from home and abroad on a social and professional level
  • A broad range of interdisciplinary training possibilities and school activities, such as leadership skill trainings, workshops, seminars, mobility and summer schools

Expected starting date: (ideally) 1 June 2023

Duration of employment: 4 years
(The employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and automatically extended to a total of 4 years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months)

Extent of employment: 30 hours/week

Application: Interested students can apply until the extended deadline of 15 April 2023 via:     

Further information: For further information, please contact

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.