Applications are invited for one postdoctoral research position working at the Rome Astronomical Observatory (INAF-OAR) in the framework of the EUCLID project, OU-MER unit.
The Euclid mission has been selected for the Cosmic Visions Program of the European Space Agency. Starting from 2020 the Euclid space telescope will observe 15,000 deg2 in one visible (VIS) and three infrared (Y, J, H) bands to investigate the nature of dark energy and dark matter by measuring the accelerated expansion of the Universe using different cosmological probes. Two “Euclid Deep Fields” covering around 20 deg2 will be observed to extend the scientific scope of the mission to the exploration of the high-redshift universe.
The team at the Rome Astronomical Observatory, under the supervision of A. Fontana, leads the EUCLID OU-MER unit, whose goal is to define techniques for multi-wavelength catalog extraction and photometry, and is deeply involved in the definition of the science projects of the Euclid survey.
The successful candidate is expected with A. Fontana and collaborators to work on:
- Testing and developing techniques for extraction of high quality catalogs and multi-band photometry in existing data sets and simulated EUCLID images.
- The definition of research projects on high-z galaxy formation and evolution based on the Euclid Deep Fields data, in collaboration with the Euclid Science Working Groups.
The successful candidate will also be encouraged to join the other major research projects of the extragalactic research team, with particular attention to the CANDELS survey and several ESO and LBT programs.
A Ph.D. in astronomy or physics and a solid background in observational astronomy are required. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced computer skills and experience in software programming.
The position is formally for one year with possible extension to additional years. The yearly grant is in the range 30000-38000 Euro (gross), depending on the experience of the candidate. Application received until 31 October 2013 will receive full consideration. The successful candidate may start in early 2014.