OAJ Postdoctoral Researchers
Ref0085 / Deadline: December 15th, 2020Abierto / Open
The "Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón" (CEFCA) invites applications for four OAJ Postdoctoral Researchers in Astrophysics and Cosmology.
CEFCA is a research institution located in Teruel, Spain, in charge of the operation, data management and scientific exploitation of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ), an astronomical facility specifically suited for carrying out large astronomical surveys with very large field-of-view (FoV) telescopes: the 2.5m Javalambre Survey Telescope (JST; 3deg diameter FoV) and the 83cm Javalambre Auxiliary Survey Telescope (JAST; 2deg diameter FoV).
JST is equipped with JPCam, a ~1.2Mpix panoramic camera consisting of a mosaic of 14 CCDs of ~9.2k x 9.2kpix. The JPCam@JST system provides a 4.7 deg2 FoV and hosts a complete new set of 54 filters of ~140A width, covering the whole optical spectral range plus two broader filters at the blue and red ends. The technical first-light of JPCam@JST was achieved in June 2020. During the next years, JPCam@JST will be mostly devoted to carry out the Javalambre Physics of the accelerating Universe Astrophysical Survey (J-PAS), which will produce photo-spectra of hundreds of millions of astronomical objects with a wide range of applications in Astrophysics and Cosmology. The first J-PAS square degree, so called mini-JPAS, was released in December 2019.
JAST is equipped with the panoramic camera T80Cam, hosting one CCD identical to those in JPCam. The T80Cam@JAST system provides an effective FoV of 2 deg2. Since 2016, it is primarily devoted to conduct the Javalambre Photometric Local Universe Survey (J-PLUS), whose second data release, amounting ~2200deg2, was recently released to the worldwide community in November 2020.
The OAJ is a Spanish ICTS (Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructure). As such, CEFCA offers 20% of OAJ Open Time to competitive P.I. projects. In addition, CEFCA is a leading node of the Ground Segment OU-EXT of the ESA Euclid mission, JPCam@JST will conduct the Javalambre-Euclid Deep Imaging Survey in g-band (JEDIS-g) in the next years.
In this context, CEFCA is seeking for four OAJ Postdoctoral Researchers to conduct scientific research with OAJ data, either from the main surveys conducted at the OAJ, namely J-PLUS and J-PAS, and/or from OAJ Open Time projects led by CEFCA (e.g J-VAR; suited for transient science in the J-PLUS sky). In addition, the selected candidates will contribute to the data acquisition for such projects at the OAJ. Consequently, up to a 50% of the yearly working time will be spent at the OAJ carrying out telescope operations and duties related with their project data acquisition. Successful candidates will join the Research Division at CEFCA. They will become full members of the J-PLUS and J-PAS collaborations, having the right to become Euclid members.
As members of the Research Department at CEFCA, successful candidates will carry out the following duties:
- Scientific research in Astrophysics/Cosmology with J-PLUS, J-PAS and other OAJ Open Time projects led by CEFCA.
- Participation in on-site data acquisition with the OAJ telescopes and cameras.
- Participation in general outreach activities organized by CEFCA.
As members of the Research Department at CEFCA, successful candidates with teaching interests in Cosmology, Astrophysics or Astronomical Instrumentation may have the possibility to collaborate in the Master of Cosmology, Astrophysics, Particles and Astroparticles of the University of Zaragoza.
The four offered positions have generic profiles. Candidates are requested to indicate their own research interests related with J-PLUS, J-PAS, etc.
Valuable Knowledge and Experience
- Excellent research record in Astrophysics / Cosmology.
- Experience in the analysis and scientific exploitation of optical data, with special value to medium and narrow band photometry.
- Experience in the use and exploitation of large astronomical datasets.
- Experience in the acquisition of astronomical data with telescopes in professional observatories.
The committee will first evaluate the suitability of the candidates on the basis of their CVs, research statements and reference letters. The best candidates will move to a short list for a final interview.
Being aware of the impact of family leaves (maternity, paternity, adoption, or leaves to take care of family members with serious health conditions) on scientific careers, properly justified family leaves will be taken into consideration during the evaluation process.
Terms and conditions
|Education:||PhD in Astronomy or related fields|
|Languages:||Fluent in English|
|Work Place:||CEFCA Headquarters, Teruel, Spain, with several work stays at the OAJ|
|Contract Duration:||3 years.|
|Salary:||depending on the level of experience of the candidate.|
|Deadline:||December 15th, 2020|
|Applications shall include: 1) CV; 2) brief statement of research interests regarding either J-PLUS, miniJPAS, J-PAS or other OAJ Open Time projects led by CEFCA; and 3) two reference letters. To be submitted via email (Subject: "Ref.0085. OAJ Postdoctoral Researcher”) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference letters shall be sent directly by the recommender, not by the candidate.
CEFCA is an equal opportunity employer committed to increase the diversity in its workplace. Applications of candidates from underrepresented social groups in our staff are welcome.
CEFCA is committed in promoting the gender parity among its staff. Hence, applications from women are strongly welcome.
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