The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) is a world-leading institute in space-and ground-based experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in a number of large astronomical projects. MPE will be hosting a Max Planck Research Group, Gravitational Lensing with Upcoming Astronomical Facilities, led by Dr M. Jauzac, centered on the analysis of clusters to determine the cosmological parameters, and constrain the particle nature of dark matter. This new group will work in close collaboration with the MPE High-Energy group, which has recently completed the assembly of the eROSITA X-ray telescope, due to be launched aboard the SRG mission in 2019. The design-driving science behind eROSITA is to perform an all-sky cosmological survey of X-ray selected clusters of galaxies.
The successful candidates will be expected to work on the lensing mass measurements of eROSITA clusters, in close collaboration with the High-Energy group. In particular, we encourage applicants with expertise on weak gravitational lensing mass measurements of galaxy cluster and cosmology and the evolution of large-scale structure. Familiarity with cluster survey data analysis, cosmic shear and/or interpretation would be highly desirable.