Postdoc in quasar absorption cosmology and astrophysics with WEAVE-QSO and J-PAS

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille
Job Announcement Text: 

An international consortium is inviting applications for three post-doctoral positions in cosmology and astrophysics (one in each of Paris, Marseille and Sao Paulo), to work on the analysis of quasars at z>2. This position will be hosted in Marseille. The successful applicant will join this consortium spanning France, Brazil, Italy and Spain. The consortium is supported by ANR and FAPESP and aims at exploiting the complementarity between two large astrophysical surveys of unprecedented quality to make breakthroughs in cosmology and galaxy formation. These surveys are J-PAS and WEAVE-QSO, both of which are in the process of starting survey operations lasting 5 years or more. Successful applicants will join an active wider community within these two surveys.

In Marseille, scientific activities will be focussed on absorber and structure identification using the Lyman alpha forest, large-scale structure correlation functions, and support work building WEAVE-QSO. The successful applicant will work closely with the WEAVE-QSO lead Matthew Pieri at the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM). The position involves collaborating with Raul Abramo (Sao Paulo), Clotilde Laigle (Paris), Michele Fumagalli (Milan) and other researchers in the consortium and in WEAVE-QSO. Complementary involvement in DESI is also possible.

LAM is an internationally respected research institute of around 200 people between science teams and technical services. LAM is particularly active in large survey collaborations such as WEAVE, DESI, PFS, Euclid, ELT-MOSAIC and MSE. The applicant will have access to high-performance computer clusters, and a modern working environment. Furthermore, substantial consortium travel funds are available.

We are looking for applicants with experience in cosmology and/or extragalactic astrophysics. Experience applying machine learning methods would also be valuable. The position is for a duration of 2 years starting between April and October 2023 (negotiable) and extendable by 1 year (contingent on performance). Remuneration will be at standard CNRS rates. Health insurance, parental leave, state-funded schools and childcare are provided to all employees in France.

Applications should be submitted to the CNRS job portal and include a cover letter, a research statement of no more than 4 pages (including both a summary of prior research and a plan), a curriculum vitae including a list of publications. Three letters of recommendation should also be arranged and sent to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed starting on 5th December and the position will remain open until filled. Enquires about the position should be sent to [email protected]. Note that the CNRS portal currently states that the deadline is 16th November but this will be modified.

Included Benefits: 

Health insurance, parental leave, state-subsidised schools and childcare are provided to all employees in France.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 5, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, January 5, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
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