Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in extragalactic astronomy at the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM), France. The appointment is for 2 years, with a negotiable starting date in mid-2014. It is funded by the French National Research Agency for the project “SPIN(E)”.
SPIN(E) aims at exploring the properties of galaxies within the 3D structure of the cosmic web. The project is lead by 2 partners: a mostly observational team at LAM and a theoretical team at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (IAP). The LAM team has access to and expertise in multi-wavelength datasets and large spectroscopic surveys. In this project, the anisotropic properties of the large scale structures (filaments, walls, voids, knots) will be extracted from the most recent spectroscopic surveys using novel algorithms developed by the IAP team. The physical properties of galaxies will then be investigated as a function of their positions within the cosmic web.
The successful candidate will be expected to work on the interpretation of the results, at the interface between the observational and theoretical approaches. Experience in semi-analytic modeling will be an asset, as well as numerical skills to exploit the hydrodynamical simulations developed by the IAP team. Time for other personal projects may be accommodated.
LAM has an animated research atmosphere in various fields of astrophysics including cosmology, the physics and dynamics of galaxies and the IGM, ISM, solar system and extrasolar planets. Marseille is the second largest city in France and the capital of Provence. It is a mediterranean harbor with a colorful ambience and a diverse cultural mix. Its alluring natural surroundings and exceptional climate invite outdoor activities all year round.
Applicants should submit their CV, publication list, a brief summary of previous research highlights, a statement of current research interests and motivation for this position, and arrange for three reference letters to be sent to Stephane Arnouts (email@example.com). Full consideration will be given to applicants whose materials are received by Jan. 31, 2014.