The CEA Paris-Saclay Astrophysics Department is inviting applications for a postdoctoral position in X-ray observations of galaxy clusters. The position is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant "Following the most massive galaxy clusters across Cosmic Time” (M2C), led by Dr. Monique Arnaud. The project uses the most massive clusters of galaxies and their evolution to z~1 as a laboratory to test the Lambda CDM model of formation of structure. This challenging undertaking builds on the Planck cluster survey, extending SZ detection to lower signal-to-noise in the Planck maps, obtaining multi-wavelength follow-up, and performing cosmological numerical simulations in support of the observational projects.
The post will involve analysis and interpretation of new and archive X-ray observations obtained with the XMM-Newton and Chandra X-ray observatories, in conjunction with exploitation of numerical simulations. In particular the candidate will participate in the associated international XMM Heritage program “Witnessing the culmination of structure formation in the Universe”. The candidate will join a dynamic, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary team, and 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 Paris-Saclay is a government research centre located 25km south of Paris, France. The Astrophysics Department is a major space astrophysics laboratory of more than 100 faculty and staff with interests ranging from planets to cosmology.
Minimum qualifications include a PhD degree in astronomy, physics, or a related field. Demonstrated experience in the research area will be an asset.
The position is funded for 2 years, with renewal for the second year dependent on scientific progress and achievement. The ideal starting date is May/June 2018 but is negotiable. 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 January 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must 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. In addition, applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be sent to the same address before the indicated deadline.