We invite applications for a position to participate in the European H2020 XMM2ATHENA project. XMM2ATHENA is a collaboration of 9 European Institutes including members of the XMM-Newton Science ground segment along with key members of the Athena Science ground segment. The goal of the project is to develop new, innovative methods to maximise the return from the current X-ray Observatory XMM-Newton and prepare for the forthcoming X-ray mission Athena.
The main responsibility of the post-doc at CEA will be to develop software to improve the source catalog from stacked images (4XMMs) to reach ultimate sensitivity in XMM-Newton data, in close collaboration with AIP Potsdam. He/she will also contribute to spectral and timing characterization and is expected to actively take part in the scientific exploitation of the new resources. The post-doc needs good programming skills.
The astrophysics department at Saclay, which is situated 30 km south of Paris, is a major space astrophysics laboratory and is also involved in ground-based instrumentation.
At high energies, the institute provides important contributions to Integral, Fermi and the future SVOM and Athena missions, as well as the HESS and CTA TeV instruments. Our group has particular interests in clusters of galaxies, supernova remnants and X-ray binaries.
Other major projects are JWST/MIRI, Euclid, ELT/METIS, ARIEL.
The starting date is July 2021, but applications to start a few months later will be considered.
Funding is available for two years.
To apply please submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a summary of previous research, and a statement describing how you plan to get involved in the team.
In addition, please arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the above address before the application deadline.