Two postdoctoral fellowships in Extragalactic Astrophysics will be available from May 2013 at the Paris Institute for Astrophysics (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, IAP).
Funding for these positions is provided by a European Research Council Advanced Grant awarded to the project NEOGAL, "New Frontiers in Galaxy Spectral Modeling" (PI Stephane Charlot), to explore the early star formation and chemical evolution of galaxies through the development and exploitation of innovative spectral analysis tools. The research topics include modeling of the stellar and nebular emission from primeval galaxies; combination of spectral evolution models with cosmological simulations of galaxy formation and evolution; interpretation of galaxy observations out to the cosmic reionization epoch.
The positions will be available from May 2013, initially for two years, renewable for a third year. Arrangements for a later start date can be made.
IAP is a leading astrophysics institute in France, with over 60 associated researchers, plus postdocs and PhD students, and an extensive international visitors program. The successful candidates will have access to excellent computing infrastructure, as well as generous travel and research funds.
Candidates with previous experience in the development and/or exploitation of models of galaxy spectral evolution, photoionization models, and models of galaxy formation and evolution are encouraged to apply. Salary (including full benefits) will depend on skills and experience.
Informal inquiries are welcome and should be made to Stephane Charlot (email@example.com).
To apply, please send a cover letter with a curriculum vitae, publication record and brief statements of research accomplishments and interests (not exceeding 2 pages each) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be sent directly to the same email address. The application deadline is January 18, 2013. Late applications will also be considered until the positions are filled.