Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the star and planet formation group (ODYSSey team) of the Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics of Grenoble (IPAG) to work on the analysis of photometric and astrometric data of young clusters and associations from Gaia (first release in September 2016) and complementary ground-based studies. The project will involve the development of statistical methods to look for clustering in 6-dimensional phase space (three position and three velocity dimensions) at various scales, in order to constrain the physical conditions and dynamics of stellar cluster formation. The position is part of a European Union funded network “StarFormMapper” (via call H2020-COMPET-2015), which aims to understand the formation and evolution of stellar clusters and associations in which massive stars form, by exploiting existing data from Herschel and up-coming data from Gaia. The research network comprises 3 Universities — University of Leeds (the leader), Université Grenoble Alpes, Cardiff University — and a Madrid-based company Quasar Science Resources, S.L. This international partnership will afford the appointee unique opportunities to enlarge his/her network as he/she will work with astronomers and computer scientists from a wide range of backgrounds and skill-sets. The Grenoble node is responsible of the analysis of the Gaia data. The statistical tools will be tested against the outcomes of N-body and hydrodynamical simulations of cluster formation provided by the Cardiff node before being applied to star forming regions. Clustering properties of young cluster members, extending from the highest mass objects all the way down to brown dwarfs (where no extinction is present), will be established and then compared with high spatial resolution data from Herschel and IRAM to look for correlations in the position and velocity phase space between stars and gas. This will allow us to better understand the role of the gas in shaping cluster substructures during the early evolution, from the embedded phase to the gas removal.
IPAG is a world-leading institute in astronomy and astrophysics, especially in the topics of stellar and planetary formation, from the initial phases of the core collapse to the circumstellar disk physics and chemistry and planet formation, but also on exoplanet detection and characterization, and on planetary science. IPAG is also involved on cutting edge instrumental development (e.g. SPHERE, PIONIER, AMBER, E-ELT/MAORY…), and takes benefit from the IRAM proximity and the Grenoble University environment. For further details about IPAG see http://ipag.osug.fr/.
Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or astrophysics. Experience in statistical analysis of stellar population and/or in star formation would be desirable. The position is available for a period of 3 years. Funds are available for computing, publications, travel, and other needs. The net salary is between 25-33 kEuros per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.
The starting date is negotiable, but the successful applicant should be in post by December 1, 2016 if possible.
Applicants should send a curriculum vita, a list of publications, and a statement of research interests outlining his/her suitability for the position by September 30, 2016. Letters of reference shall also be sent independently by the application deadline. Please send all applications and reference letters to : estelle.moraux univ-grenoble-alpes.fr
For any enquiries please contact Dr. Estelle Moraux (estelle.moraux univ-grenoble-alpes.fr).