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Karl-Schwarzschild-Fellow 2011: Dr. Kitaura

This year the Karl-Schwarzschild-Fellowship goes to Dr. Kitaura

In the fall of 2010 the AIP has advertised for the first time the Karl-Schwarzschild-Fellowship to support the independent research programme of a young and promising scientist. We received about 75 applications to this advertisement.

Dr. Kitaura studied in Madrid and Munich, where in 2003 he got a Master in Physics with a thesis on "Hydrodynamical Simulation of the Stellar Collapse of O/Ne/Mg cores with Boltzmann Neutrino Transport". He then moved on to the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics where he worked with Simon White on his PhD thesis "Cosmic Cartography: Bayesian Reconstruction of the Cosmological Large-Scale Structure" which he defended in 2007. Afterwards he was Marie-Curie Fellow at Trieste and Pisa. and is currently part of the Excellence Cluster "Universe" in Munich.

The Karl Schwarzschild Fellowship will be awarded regularly with an alternating focus on extragalactic and stellar astrophysics. Schwarzschild fellows are identified in a competitive international search. The successful Schwarzschild Fellowship should have received their PhD within the last five years. Schwarzschild Fellowship are expected to carry out an independent research program and to contribute to the scientific life of the AIP including co-supervision of students.

The Fellowship is normally awarded for three years, but may be extended to up to five years. The fellowship provides a competitive salary based on the German public service scale (TV-L E14) and an individual research budget of 20,000 € for three years. The AIP is an equal opportunity employer and as such, considers individuals for employment according to their skills, abilities, and experience. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

The AIP continues the tradition of the Astrophysical Observatory Potsdam and the Berlin Observatory. It is located in the beautiful Potsdam/Babelsberg area, at the southwestern border of the Berlin metropolitan area. About 100 scientists work on a variety of astrophysical topics covering the full range from solar physics to cosmology. Potsdam is also the home of the Albert-Einstein Institute for Gravitational Physics, the Physics & Astronomy department of Potsdam University and several other research institutions.


Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinmetz

Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
An der Sternwarte 16
14482 Potsdam, Germany
Phone: +49-331-7499-381