Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position funded under the European Research Council Advanced Grant EARLY awarded to Prof. Olivier Le Fèvre for the science exploitation of VUDS. VUDS, the VIMOS Ultra Deep Survey, is 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 (e.g. the UltraVista deep NIR imaging survey in COSMOS, deep HST imaging, multi-wavelength photometry...). The main focus of the fellow will be to assemble the most accurate observables to elaborate and test comprehensive models for galaxy evolution at these early epochs, focusing on accretion, merging, and feedback, in relation to star formation and stellar mass density evolution, and comparing it to the current best simulations.
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, France.
This ERC position is funded for three years, and can start immediately. 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, currently hosting more than 50 permanent researchers, 20 postdocs, 25 PhD students, and ~60 technical staff supporting the development and running of instrumentation and computing software. LAM is part of the LabEx-OCEVU, an excellence network in cosmology and astroparticle physics supported by the french national research agency.
Candidates must have a PhD with previous postdoctoral experience in observational cosmology with large surveys, particularly deep galaxy spectroscopy surveys and galaxy evolution models, supported by an excellent publication record. Applications including a CV, publication list, and a three-page statement of research interests should be sent electronically to Prof. Olivier Le Fèvre, Olivier.LeFevre@oamp.fr. In addition, applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be sent to the same address before the indicated deadline.