Post-doc position: Comet science/Infrared/Rosetta

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: LESIA
City: Meudon
Country: France
Contact Person: Dominique Bockelee-Morvan
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: LESIA, Observatory of Paris
Application Due Date: Tuesday, February 28 2017

Post-doctoral position for the analysis of VIRTIS/Rosetta data

    A 2-year post-doctoral position in cometary science is opened at the Observatory of Paris (LESIA, CNRS, Meudon). Successful candidates will be expected to start their fellowship before October 2017.

  The successfull applicant will analyse infrared spectra of the atmosphere of comet 67P/Churyomov-Gerasimenko obtained with the high-spectral resolution channel of the VIRTIS/Rosetta instrument (Visible Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer) built at the Observatory of Paris. The project will focuss on the study of the distributions of H2O, CO2 gases and organics, and their seasonal, diurnal, and regional variations to understand the processes which control cometary activity. Other topics of interest could be considered. The applicant will benefit of a dynamic research environment, with the possibility to interact with scientists involved in several Rosetta instruments. Conference travel and equipment support will be provided.

    A PhD in astrophysics is required. The following skills will be considered in the evaluation process of the applicants :

  – working knowledge in planetary science, and comets

  – expertise in the reduction of infrared spectroscopic observations

  – knowledge in radiative transfer

  – previous experience in space missions, in particular Rosetta, is an asset.

  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a short review of previous works and statement of research interest. They should arrange for two reference letters. Applications should be sent via email to [email protected]. The closing date is 28 February 2017.