The CEA Saclay Astrophysics Division is inviting applications for four postdoctoral research associate positions of up to 5 years duration each in observational and theoretical cosmology.
The posts are funded by the European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant "Following the most massive galaxy clusters across cosmic time" (M2C), awarded to Dr. Monique Arnaud. The successful candidates will work within a team including M. Arnaud, H. Aussel and G.W. Pratt (Astrophysics Division, Saclay), J.-B. Melin (Particle Physics Division, Saclay), and R. Teyssier (ITP, Zurich), with the opportunity to collaborate with other national and international institutes.
The main project focus is to test the standard Lambda-Cold Dark Matter scenario for the formation of collapsed structures using the dark matter distribution in the most massive clusters of galaxies. We will also assess the dynamical behavior of the baryons as they collect in the halo potential. This challenging project builds on the Planck survey, aiming at construction of a catalogue of virtually all massive clusters back to z~1 using novel multi-wavelength detection techniques. It further uses large-scale follow-up programmes with space and ground-based observatories (XMM, Chandra, Megacam, etc...). The development and analysis of tailored numerical simulations in different cosmological frameworks, and possible production of mock observations, will be central to observational data interpretation.
The posts offer the opportunity to play a leading role in a prominent European project, within a small, dynamic, and collaborative team. Positions are available in the following general areas: 1) signal processing with focus on cluster detection; 2) optical imaging and spectroscopic observations; 3) X-ray observations; 4) cosmological numerical simulations. The successful candidates will be encouraged to take responsibilities and to bring their own ideas to the project. Full funding is available for conferences, travel, personal equipment and publications.
CEA Saclay is a French government research center located 25km south of Paris, near Universities and other research institutes. The astrophysics division is a major space astrophysics laboratory that gathers more than 120 faculty and staff members with interests ranging from planets to cosmology.
Minimum qualifications include a PhD degree in astronomy, physics or a related field. For all posts, demonstrated experience in the relevant research area will be an asset.
The positions will be funded initially for 2 years, with possible extension for 3 further years, and will be renewed on a yearly basis depending on scientific progress and achievement. The ideal starting date is April 1, 2014, but a delayed start date may be negotiated. The gross salary scale is 33 600 Euro/yr to 43 200 Euro/yr, depending on qualifications and experience.
The application review process will begin November 5, 2013 and will continue until the positions have been filled. Applications should include a CV, publication list, a detailed summary of previous research, and a statement of research interests to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the above date. The position being applied for should be specified in the application. Candidates should also arrange for three reference letters to be sent to the same address before the indicated deadline.
Further information concerning the project and available positions can be found at http://irfu.cea.fr/Sap/Phocea/Vie_des_labos/Ast/ast_technique.php?id_ast... or by contacting Monique Arnaud at the address above.