06/08/2020

POSTDOC with EXPERTISE on ASTEROIDS and LIGHT CURVES

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    CNRS
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    AstronomyAstrophysics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    28/08/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    France › Nice
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2020

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur in Nice is host of a large and dynamic planetary sciences team (Theories and Observations in Planetary sciences, TOP). Our team has a broad expertise, from numerical simulations to ground-based and space-born observations, to address questions on the origins and the evolution of our planetary system.

We invite you to join the team that has developed the Nice Model, modeled the source regions of near-Earth objects (NEOs), and is currently involved in international space missions such as ESA Gaia, ESA Euclid, ESA Hera, NASA OSIRIS-REx, and JAXA Hayabusa-2. The offered postdoctoral position is part of a program (PI B.Carry) funded by France aiming at characterizing the properties of binary asteroids through the study of their light curves.

Job description

Binary asteroids represent a significant fraction of the asteroid population. From 1-2% among the largest asteroids to about 15% among the sub-kilometer near-Earth asteroids. The study of their mutual orbits provide their density, a fundamental property to constrain their internal structure, hence their origin and dynamical/collisional evolution.

While orbiting each other, the components of a binary system regularly present mutual eclipses and occultations. These are recorded in light curves as dimming events, that can be used to constrain the physical and dynamical properties of the system.

The enrolled postdoctoral fellow will work under the supervision of B. Carry to

  • develop a ray-tracing algorithm allowing the simulation of light curves of binary asteroids,

  • study well-observed asteroids, including the near-Earth asteroid (175706) 1996 FG3, target of the NASA JANUS space mission.

Research group

The project will be conducted in collaboration with experts on dynamics and binary asteroids. The postdoctoral fellow will hence benefit from the local expertise at the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur as well as from the collaborations.

    Skills and Experience

    We are looking for researchers with experience in the field of planetary sciences, small bodies, and with coding skills (python prefered). Demonstrable research skills are essential, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal publications.

    Salary and contract terms

    The postdoctoral position will be filled for 1 year, starting October the 1st, 2020. The net salary for a Postdoctoral Researcher is 2300€/month (for 0-2 year experience) or 2550 €/month (for 2-4 years experience) .

    Ready to apply?

    Please send your application by email to Benoit Carry: benoit.carry@oca.eu.

    Include the following documents in English: 1) motivation letter, 2) CV indicating your skills and experience applicable to the position, 3) references (names and contact information). Owing to the starting date on October the 1st, 2020, the call is open until August the 28th, 2020. We will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately (on a first come first served basis). Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

    More information

    For additional information, please contact Dr. Benoit Carry (benoit.carry@oca.eu)

    More Information

    Benefits

    The postdoctoral position will be filled for 1 year, starting October the 1st, 2020. The net salary for a Postdoctoral Researcher is 2300€/month (for 0-2 year experience) or 2550 €/month (for 2-4 years experience).

    Selection process

    Please send your application by email to Benoit Carry: benoit.carry@oca.eu.

    Include the following documents in English: 1) motivation letter, 2) CV indicating your skills and experience applicable to the position, 3) references (names and contact information). Owing to the starting date on October the 1st, 2020, the call is open until August the 28th, 2020. We will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately (on a first come first served basis). Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

    Offer Requirements

    • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
      Astronomy: PhD or equivalent

    Skills/Qualifications

    We are looking for researchers with experience in the field of planetary sciences, small bodies, and with coding skills (python prefered). Demonstrable research skills are essential, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal publications.

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    Work location(s)
    1 position(s) available at
    CNRS
    France
    Nice
    06300
    Bd de l'Observatoire

    EURAXESS offer ID: 549235

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