Applications are invited for one PhD position in extragalactic astrophysics at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille in France, to start Fall 2020 or earlier. Successful applicants will work with Alexandre Beelen and Veronique Buat on exploiting the rich dataset of the NOEMA Large Program z-GAL, whose primary goal is a comprehensive redshift survey of a sample of 200 of the brightest SubMillimeter Galaxies from the main Herschel surveys.
The successful PhD candidate will be fully part of the z-GAL collaboration project, and will work in close collaboration with all its members. Within this project, the specific thesis objectives are (i) to study of the dust continuum properties of the z-GAL sources and their evolution with redshift, which is a crucial information for galaxy evolution models and (ii) to derive the properties of the interstellar medium, from which stars are formed, in high redshift starburst galaxies with mean stacked spectra of the z-GAL sample by identifying faint emission lines from the molecular and atomic gas. Both, dust continuum and emission lines, are key tracers of star formation activities and will help us understanding the physical conditions of star formation in these objects.
The PhD student will also participate to the follow-up observations of the z-GAL program, in particular at radio wavelength, and the high-angular resolution follow-up of the most interesting sources. She/he will also contribute to the production of z-GAL sources catalogue including physical properties. Using already existing tools, she/he will perform source detection in data-cubes, and/or develop new optimal methods to robustly extract their spectra, later used to extract physical properties as dust masses and star formation rate/history,.
Interested candidates need submit a CV, cover letter, marks and ranking for the master and 2 letters of recommendation. Deadline for applications is April 1st, 2020.