Chaire d’Excellence in Observational Cosmology at Aix-Marseille University

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Archive Date: 
Saturday, March 20, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Aix-Marseille University / Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille
Department Name: 
Street Line 1: 
163, avenue de Luminy - Case 902
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'azur
Job Announcement Text: 

The department of Physics of Aix-Marseille University, AmiDEX and the Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille (CPPM) invite application for a 3-year tenure track appointment in observational cosmology beginning with the fall 2021.

This Chaire d'Excellence position of Aix-Marseille University offer an attractive host environment to teacher-researchers in incoming mobility, to carry out a research and educational project for a period of 3 years (renewable for 2 years): it includes the salary of the project manager for three years (renewable for two years under certain conditions) and an environmental budget for operating costs (publishing, traveling, ...) and payroll (up to three post-doctoral student or doctoral student). A professor position is anticipated at the term of the contract.

The research topics conducted by the CPPM cosmology team aim to understand the dark universe with a focus in the area of dark energy and modified gravity using data from large sky surveys. The CPPM is involved in the major observational programs Euclid and LSST (both for the construction and analysis preparation phase) which will start in 2022/2023 as well as in ongoing projects: DESI and ZTF which collect data from galaxies and transient objects.

The Department is looking for a very high scientific level scientist recognized internationally that will develop an ambitious and innovative experimental research program in the field of observational cosmology using data from current and forthcoming observing facilities in which the CPPM team is engaged. The work will concern one or more of the following axes: constraints on cosmological models using standard rulers or standard candles, study of the formation and evolution of large cosmic structures for gravity tests and/or the study of dark matter and dark energy with a long term objective to develop tools/methods for combined analysis: combined probe analysis; multi-project data analysis. The candidate will also be able to develop collaborations with our colleagues at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM) and the Centre de Physique Théorique (CPT) of Aix-Marseille University as well as other internationally active research groups in large sky survey collaborations.

The person recruited will teach in the Physics Department of the UFR Science, with a reduced teaching load of about 60 hours per year. She/He will teach general physics courses and, depending on availability, astrophysics courses in the FunPhys master's program. She/He will be able to participate in the implementation of specific training courses of the Institut de Physique de l’Univers (IPhU).

Candidates are expected to hold a PhD in astrophysics or a related discipline and have a world-class research record in the area of cosmology and the dark universe. They should have demonstrated the ability to collaborate with large international teams and a taste and skills for taking on responsibilities. In addition, they must show enthusiasm and ability to teach a wide range of physics courses successfully at both undergraduate and master’s level.

Informal inquiries regarding this position may be addressed to Dr Dominique Fouchez

Qualified applicants should e-mail a single PDF to Dr Cristinel Diaconu containing: a letter of application, a detailed CV ( including a publication list), a statement of past research and research plan, a copy of certificate or degree.

Candidate should also arrange for at least three signed letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr Cristinel Diaconu

The deadline for receipt of all documents is March 21, 2021

Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend a formal interview. This interview process will take place during April 2021.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$37600.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$55400.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

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

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Cristinel Diaconu
Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille, Aix Marseille Université ,CNRS/IN2P3
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dominique Fouchez