Working Group Leader on EST Governance Structure (closed)

Applications are invited for the full-time position of a working group leader at the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS), Freiburg, Germany, to work on the governance structure of the European Solar Telescope (EST).

The successful candidate will lead and coordinate work of an international working group which is tasked with developing the governance structure of the European Solar Telescope during construction and operational phases. He/She will carry out studies of existing inter-governmental scientific organizations and research infrastructures, and prepare the definition of the bodies and the governance scheme for the EST. He/She will prepare and follow-up meetings of the working-group. He/She will collaborate with other EST teams who are tasked with the definition of the legal and financial structure of the EST.


Applicants shall have experience with the organization of international research facilities and/or with international project management. Academic training at the level of a PhD in natural sciences as well as experience with the operation of astronomical observatories will be considered as assets. Strong proficiency in English is required.

The position is available from April 1, 2017 until the project end in March 2021. Applications will be considered from March 15, until the position is filled.

KIS is a Foundation of Public Law of the state of Baden-Württemberg with the mission to perform fundamental astrophysics research with an emphasis on solar physics.

Current research foci include fine structure of photosphere and chromosphere, global magnetic activity and high resolution spectropolarimetry.

KIS operates the German solar facilities at the Teide Observatory on Tenerife, including the new 1.5m Gregor solar telescope, to carry out observations at visible and near-infrared wavelengths. Further information can be obtained at the institute’s webpage (

General information:

The employment, salary, and benefits are according to the rules of the "Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder" (TVL, collective agreement for public services of the Federal States).

KIS is committed to increasing the number of female employees and therefore encourages qualified women to apply.

Severely handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed with preference.

The institute’s commitment to the balance between work and family has been examined and certified in "berufundfamilie" audits in Germany.

The application should include a curriculum vitae, degree certificates, a summary and list of experiences and achievements, and a list of three potential referees.

Please send your application documents for the attention of

Board of Directors
Keyword: PRE-EST
Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik
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79104 Freiburg

Tel.: 0761-3198-155
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