Applications are invited for a two years postdoctoral research position in computational astrophysics to work at the Laboratoire d'Etude du Rayonnement et de la Matière Astrophysique (LERMA/Paris Observatory) in the framework of the ANR “FeedbackISM”. The position is to work on numerical simulations and their physical interpretations, in order to confront them with observations of star forming regions. The project aims to study the different feedback sources from the protostars during the star-formation process (radiative and dynamical) and to characterize their chemical signatures in synthetic observations of dust and molecular line emission.
The successful applicant will take an active role in the project and will develop a chemico-dynamical solver for star-formation purposes using state-of-the-art dynamical and astrochemistry numerical codes. He/she will study the influence of the initial conditions (magnetization, turbulence) and of the protostellar feedback on large molecular cloud collapse and fragmentation. The simulation results will help characterize the observational signatures of the different processes and the successful applicant will produce synthetic observations of dust and molecular line emissions. He/she will benefit of the strong expertise of our team (LRA) in computational astrophysics, interferometry and radio-astronomy and will have collaboration with team members of other national ANR projects (SCHISME, COSMIS) and HERSCHEL key observation programs (PRISMAS). The LRA has local supercomputing facilities (256 cores and graphic stations) and has access to national supercomputing centers.
The applicant should have a PhD in astronomy or a closely related field and a strong expertise in computational astrophysics and/or astrochemistry. The position is for two years and could start as early as September 2012. The approximate net monthly salary will be 2000 euros.
Candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a description of research interests, and also arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin on March 15th 2012 and last until the application is filled. For any further information please contact us by email.
Social security and retirement benefits are included according to the French social security rules.