The Physics Department of Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris (France) seeks applications for an astrophysics chair position, at the tenured senior professor level. The new faculty member will lead innovative research related to fundamental questions in cosmology, such as the nature of the dark matter and dark energy, the formation of galaxies, and the emergence of the luminous Universe from the first stars to present-day astrophysical objects and media. Candidates working on theory, numerical simulations, or observations are equally encouraged to apply. A combination of these aspects will be particularly advantageous. The knowledge of the French language is not a prerequisite, although the applicant is expected to learn French in due course.
The successful applicant will be expected to lead a small research team which will complement and diversify present research within the astrophysics group at the ENS and the “Laboratoire d'Étude de la Matière et du Rayonnement en Astrophysique et Atmosphères” at Observatoire de Paris. This research team will be part of the excellence laboratory “International Center for Fundamental Physics” (ENS-ICFP), which main characteristics are its international profile and excellence in fundamental physics including Astrophysics, as testified by the highly competitive Junior Research Chair (JRC) program.
The ENS Physics Department is responsible for teaching fundamental physics at outstanding students. It hosts the international master program ENS-ICFP, taught in English, which includes several research internships abroad, and an individual tutor for each student. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to this program and work towards broadening its appeal to international students. He/she will also have the opportunity to teach Astrophysics in the Observatoire de Paris master program.
Applicants are expected to have an outstanding record of publications and citations in high impact physics or astrophysics journals, and a demonstrated ability to gain national competitive grants, to lead independent research programs and to supervise research students. An international search committee has been appointed to encourage international applications. Applicants can contact the head of the ENS Radioastronomy laboratory, Maryvonne Gerin (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the director of the ENS Physics Department, Werner Krauth (email@example.com) to get further informations. Applications will have to be submitted online through the dedicated Galaxie Portal by April 1st, 2014.