The `Astrophysics of Compact Objects' group in the GAHEC department of IRAP, Toulouse, invites applications for a postdoctoral position to participate in the IRAP XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre (SSC) activities. IRAP directs the 10 European institutes that constitute the XMM-Newton SSC, responsible in part for producing the XMM-Newton Science Analysis System (SAS), the identification of serendipitously detected X-ray sources and producing catalogues of XMM-Newton detected sources. The group is also involved in current and future projects such as INTEGRAL, Fermi, NuSTAR, CTA, SVOM and is leading the development of the X-ray Integral Field Unit foreseen for Athena.
As well as participating in SSC activities, the successful applicant will be expected to collaborate with other group members working on compact objects, using data from XMM-Newton and other observatories such as NuSTAR, Chandra, Fermi etc. The groups particular interests are neutron star timing (pulsars and QPOs), ultra luminous X-ray sources, compact binaries in general and intermediate mass black holes.
The candidate is expected to have: experience in high energy astrophysics; some programming skills and experience in compact objects. It would also be advantageous to have skills in interpreting data from other wavelengths. The post is open to candidates of any nationality who hold a PhD. The post is initially for one year, starting as early as January 2021 and renewable for a further two years. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a summary of research interests, a list of publications and two letters of recommendation (all as pdf files) to Natalie Webb (Natalie.Webb@irap.omp.eu ) before the 31st October 2020.