IJCLab’s french LSST team is offering a three-year post-doctoral position to work on the atmospheric calibration of the Vera Rubin Observatory’s LSST (Large Survey of Space and Time), and on early science from the first year of the survey.
Our group has developed a slitless spectroscopy technique based on a holographic disperser installed on the LSST's auxiliary telescope. The aim is to measure the transmission of the atmosphere in real time, in order to bring back the fluxes received in the wide bands of the main telescope to standard atmospheric conditions, to achieve an accuracy of a few millimag. This calibration will improve the accuracy of photometric redshifts and light curves of transient events, which will improve cosmological measurements from the study of large structures, as well as the measurement of the expansion of the Universe via type Ia supernovae, two of the group's main scientific activities.
The post-doc's contributions will focus on optimizing atmospheric calibration with observations from the auxiliary telescope. 30% to 50% of his/her time will be devoted to scientific analysis of the first LSST data, in conjunction with the IJCLab group's activity on dark energy and dark matter.
Candidate profile, expected skills
The applicant should hold a PhD in astrophysics or fundamental physics. He/she must have good computer skills, particularly in data analysis. Observation experience with large telescopes will be appreciated. The applicant must be fluent in written and spoken English and/or French.
How to apply
Contact Dr Marc Moniez at : [email protected] with a detailed CV and cover letter. Letters of recommendation should be sent to the same address. A committee will interview shortlisted candidates, possibly remotely.