Applications are invited for 2 PhD studentship positions funded under the European Research Council Advanced Grant EARLY awarded to Prof. Olivier Le Fèvre. EARLY is aimed at conducting and analysing VUDS, the VIMOS Ultra Deep Survey, a Large Program on the ESO-VLT assembling an unprecedented ~10000 redshifts and spectra of galaxies with 2<z<~7+ in the COSMOS, CDFS, and VVDS-02h fields, in relation to all the ancillary data existing in these fields. The PhD projects will be defined to address galaxy formation and evolution, focusing on the morphological evolution and the spectrophotometric properties of galaxies at these early times, using quantitative morphology and spectra + SED analysis to identify the contribution of major physical processes like merging or accretion.
This work will be conducted within the stimulating environment of the team of postdocs and PhD students in the EARLY project, and with senior staff in the Cosmology group at Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM), Aix Marseille University.
This position is funded for three years, starting in the summer or fall 2013. It comes with an attractive salary, as well as a generous allocation of travel and computing funds.
LAM is one of the largest research institutes in Europe, hosting more than 50 permanent researchers, 20 postdocs, 25 PhD students, and ~60 technical staff supporting the development of instrumentation. LAM is part of the LabEx-OCEVU, an excellence network in cosmology supported by the french national research agency.
Candidates must hold a Master degree in Physics / Astrophysics at the start of the appointment. They should send to Prof. Olivier Le Fèvre, Olivier.LeFevre@oamp.fr: a CV, an abstract of their master thesis, a statement of their research interest, a recent transcript of academic records, and the names and addresses of two persons that could be contacted to send a letter of recommendation.