Post-doctoral position at Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM)

Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM)

Postdoctorate Position 2 years Marseille, France

Uploaded 10 Jun 2019

Job Description

The Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM), in France, opens an international call to hire a postdoctoral researcher, under a fixed-term contract, whose foreseen activities are centered on the preparation and supply of high-precision photometric data catalogs to the PLATO Input Catalog.

Starting date: 1st September 2019 (or December 2019 at the latest) 

Duration of contract: 24 months (with possible 1-year extension) 

Salary: €2605.99 per month

The School of Physics & Astronomy is seeking a capable and active Research Fellow to work on the discovery and characterisation of extra-solar planets.The successful applicant will work with the PLATO team at LAM within the Planetary System group, mainly with Pr. M. Deleuil, and Dr. A. Santerne. She/he will also collaborate with the PLATO Science Management team, and especially the team in Padova in charge of the PIC.The position comes with project constraints: deadlines, documentation writing, meeting attendance (PLATO weeks or meetings related to workpackages progresses). The successful applicant may use up to 20% of their time to conduct independent research programs related to exoplanets.

A post-doctoral position is offered at LAM in the context of the preparation of the PLATO space mission, the third M-class mission of ESA, designed to allow the discovery and the characterization of Earth-sized planets and super-Earths in the habitable zone of Sun-like stars. 

The position is related to the preparation of the PLATO Input Catalog (PIC) to be used for the selection of PLATO targets and in support to the future light curves analysis. 

More specifically, the applicant will be expected to prepare and supply high-precision photometric data catalogs to the PLATO input catalog. This will require to analyze datasets from the previous space missions (e.g. CoRoT, Kepler/K2, TESS as well as CHEOPS that will be launched in fall 2019), with the aim of documenting the properties of stars to be observed: variable, binary, presence of planet(s), activity, rotation, etc… Part of this work could rely on already published sources but it could also require to develop its own classification software, a work that could be done in collaboration with others experts in the PLATO consortium. 

The position comes with project constraints: deadlines, documentation writing, meeting attendance (PLATO weeks or meetings related to workpackages progresses). The successful applicant may use up to 20% of their time to conduct independent research programs related to exoplanets. 

The successful applicant will work with the PLATO team at LAM within the Planetary System group, mainly with Pr. M. Deleuil, and Dr. A. Santerne. She/he will also collaborate with the PLATO Science Management team, and especially the team in Padova in charge of the PLATO Input Catalog. She/he may also be associated with some of the LAM team's programs on the characterization of planets. LAM researchers are members of the HARPS, SPIRou, SOPHIE, and SPHERE consortia but also of the Science Team of the CHEOPS mission for which they have developed the data reduction pipeline. They also have privileged access to SOPHIE spectrograph data at the Haute-Provence observatory. 

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