PhD and Postdoctoral positions on galaxy evolution at EPFL

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Publish Date: 
Monday, October 31, 2022
Archive Date: 
Monday, December 12, 2022
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
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The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Laboratory for Astrophysics (LASTRO) invite applications for one PhD and one Postdoctoral positions. The successful candidates will join the Galaxy evolution group led by Prof. Pascale Jablonka, which tackles a variety of hot topics ranging from the formation of the first stars and galaxies to the cosmic large scale structures and galaxy clusters. Both observations and numerical simulations are conducted and developped. 

Project description: We are looking for talented students and young researchers interested in understanding the coevolution of galaxies and the cosmic web.The selected candidates will have the opportunity to pursue research in the theme of star formation gas fueling and quenching in galaxy clusters and their related filamentary structures, as witnessed both at high redshift and in the local universe. This will involve ground-based optical, near-IR images and spectra, CO NOEMA and ALMA, as well as HI MeerKAT datasets.  The preparation of the MOONS GTO as well as JWST programs will be another major thread of the work.

The candidates should have a strong motivation for observational astrophysics and data analysis. They should have received education in astrophysics and cosmology. Full working proficiency of the English language is required.

  • As to the PhD fellowship, the student will need to enrol in the Physics program of the EPFL doctoral school. The employment  extends to a total of 4 years, assuming a successful evaluation after the first year of PhD. Applicants are expected to hold a Master degree (or equivalent) in (astro) physics by the start of employment.
  • As to the postdoctoral position, particularly encouraged are applications of young researchers with expertise in the high-redshift universe and/or large scale structures, and/or  galaxy clusters.  Experience in image processing and image deconvolution will be appreciated. The appointment will be for 2+2 years, with the final two years awarded on successful performance.

Working environment: EPFL is recognized as one of the best Universities in Europe and covers both engineering and fundamental sciences. Astrophysicists at EPFL are involved in different large-scale surveys, such as SDSS-V, DESI, WEAVE, 4MOST, MOONS, and EUCLID. EPFL is a member of the SKA Organisation.The spatial proximity at the Observatoire de Sauverny to astrophysicists from the University of Geneva allows for fruitful and scientifically stimulating interactions. 

Starting date and benefits: The start date is anticipated to be in the Spring 2023, although different dates can be discussed. Salary levels depend on qualification and come with extensive social benefits, allowing for a high level living standard in Switzerland. Equal opportunities and diversity are an integral part of personnel and organisational development at EPFL and LASTRO.

How to apply: The application should comprise:

  • A motivation letter (1 page max),  
  • A curriculum vitae (incl. publications, and all grades/certificates after high school)
  • A summary of research experience (3 pages max). 

All documents should be concatenated in one single pdf file and sent to [email protected] no later than December 10, 2022, stating "Galaxy evolution" and the name of the applicant in the subject line.

Applicants should also arrange for 2 letters of references, which have to be sent by the referees to [email protected] by December 10, 2022 as well.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 9, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 3, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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PhD and Postdoctoral positions in galaxy evolution