19/06/2018

Post-doc Position - Characterisation of molecules in exoplanets atmospheres

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Grenoble Alpes
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    AstronomyAstrophysics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/07/2018 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    France › Saint-Martin-d’Hères
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2018

  • CDP-Idex project: Origin of Life
  • SCIENTIFIC HOSTING DEPARTMENT (LABORATORY’S NAME):  IPAG
  • SUPERVISOR’S NAME:  Philippe Delorme
  • CONTACT: Philippe.Delorme@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr
  • RESEARCH FIELD: Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences

 

  • DESCRIPTION

Université Grenoble Alpes invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position in Astrophysics in the field of  molecular characterisation or modelisation of exoplanets atmospheres, towards the long term objective of characterising planetary habitability and the detection of biomarkers. The objective is to recruit an outstanding candidate motivated in developing a research topic as part of the Université Grenoble Alpes project « Origin of Life ». The position can start as early as October 2018 and as late as early 2019, and will be hosted at the Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics of Grenoble (IPAG).

The cross-disciplinary project « Origin of Life » (funded by Univ. Grenoble Alpes IDEX, https://origin-life.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr) brings together the expertise of astrophysicists, astrochemists, planetary scientists, prebiotic chemists, biologists, geologists and paleontologists. It aims to understand the chemical processes that  have led to life on Earth, to define habitability conditions for both Solar System planets and exoplanets, and to detect the most favorable exoplanets where to search for a putative existence of life in a near future. The partner laboratories and the main science topic of « origin for Life » are IBS (extremophile science and metallo-prebiotic chemistry); DCM (prebiotic chemistry); GRESEC (media science); PCV (photosynthetic organisms); IPAG (Interstellar medium, star and planet formation, Exoplanets, Solar System); ISTerre (Earth Science, Solar System) and LECA (Evolutionnary sciences, Paleogenetics).

We are looking for candidates that have a strong expertise at least in one of the following topics of the “Origin of Life” project :

  • Characterisation of exoplanets atmospheres : molecular content, abundances studies, physical parameter determination
  • Observational or theoretical expertise in coupling high resolution spectroscopy and high angular resolution
  • Study of the information content of specific wavelength ranges at moderate to high resolution for given science cases, notably to prepare future detection of biomarkers.
  • Modelisation of moderate to high spectral resolution observations of future instrumentation (for instance Harmoni@ELT, a possible upgrade of SPHERE@ VLT or JWST), notably to prepare future detection of biomarkers.

Applicants must hold a PhD, with a solid background in observations, theoretical modeling or laboratory astrophysics. The successful candidate will carry out her/his research at the IPAG laboratory, in the exoplanet team. IPAG is very active in the field of exoplanet research and its significant involvement in instrumentation provides enhanced access to ongoing observation programs on SPHERE and HARPS, as well as near future exploitation of SPIRou, NIRPS,  and ExTrA. Before applying, we encourage candidates to contact Philippe.Delorme@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr.

Application files should include a research project (2-3 pages), a detailed curriculum vitae with a description of past research, a list of publications and the names of at least two persons who can be contacted for letters of references. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in July (by video-conference if desired). 

Annual gross salary is 28500 euros for a candidate without research experience after PhD. The position is accompanied with a financial support to carry out the research project consisting of up to 10000 euros for basic equipment and travel resources. The postdoc will be employed by the Université Grenoble Alpes that is a major player in higher education and research in France (http://www.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/en/). The position is located in Grenoble, which is a university town located in a beautiful alpine environment.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must hold a PhD degree (or be about to earn one) or have a University degree equivalent to a European PhD (8-year duration)

Selection process

Application files should include a research project (2-3 pages), a detailed curriculum vitae with a description of past research, a list of publications and the names of at least two persons who can be contacted for letters of references. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in July (by video-conference if desired).

 

Additional comments

Application deadline: 15 July 2018 at 17h00 (CET)

Applications will be evaluated through a three-step process:

  1. Eligibility check of applications on 20 July 2018
  2. 1st round of selection: the applications will be evaluated by a Review Board. Results will be given on 1 August2018.
  3. 2nd round of selection: shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview session in Grenoble (or by video-conference) before 1 September 2018.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

Applicants must hold a PhD, with a solid background in observations, theoretical modeling or laboratory astrophysics. The successful candidate will carry out her/his research at the IPAG laboratory, in the exoplanet team. IPAG is very active in the field of exoplanet research and its significant involvement in instrumentation provides enhanced access to ongoing observation programs on SPHERE and HARPS, as well as near future exploitation of SPIRou, NIRPS,  and ExTrA. Before applying, we encourage candidates to contact Philippe.Delorme@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université Grenoble Alpes / IPAG
France
France
Saint-Martin-d’Hères
38400
MJK, 110 rue de la Chimie

EURAXESS offer ID: 317049