Job Advert 084

July 29, 2017

    Position : Senior Scientist position for preparation of future space missions (Euclid, ATHENA)
    Location : Department of Astrophysics, Geophysics and Oceanography, in the STAR Research Unit of the University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
    Position status : Open until Sep 15, 2017
    Starting date : 2018
    Length of contract: 4 years, position destined to becaome permanent then.
    Contacts: francoise.motte at


Euclid is a mission of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) – see the Euclid Consortium page – with the goal of understanding why the expansion of the Universe is accelerating and the properties of the dark universe (the nature of dark energy). It is planned for launch at the end of 2020.


A permanent Senior Scientist position is available at the Department of Astrophysics, Geophysics and Oceanography, in the STAR Research Unit of the University of Liège, in Extragalactic Astrophysics (1st priority) or Exoplanets (2nd priority).

That position, originally created as a temporary assistant position, is destined to become permanent within the institution. At the end of a trial period of maximum four years, an evaluation of the applicant will take place and, if positive, their confirmation as a Senior Scientist.

Specifications of the candidates

Depending on the evolution of their needs, this bill of specifications could be adapted, with the consent of the relevant department and the STAR Research Unit.

1. – Research and research assistance activities

– Development of research in Extragalactic Astrophysics or Exoplanets, in collaboration with the relevant scientists of the STAR Research Unit.
– Assistance in accessing and using new generation, ground-based and space-borne instruments.
– Local database management and assistance to the utilisation of virtual observatories.
– Participation to future space mission (e.g. Euclid, ATHENA for extragalactic astrophysics) in collaboration with members of the STAR Research Unit. Ideally, they should take on the responsibility of the involvement of the University of Liège in the Euclid mission, launch expected in 2020-2021.

2. – Teaching activities

– Participation to the supervision of practicals and classes, within their specialisation and the limits allowed by their status.

3. – Civil activities

– Participation in promotion of the University of Liège (students fair, welcome for newcomers day…).

Profile of the candidate

– PhD in Science
– Excellence in extragalactic astrophysics (1st priority) or exoplanets (2nd priority).
– Long-term stay (min. 6 months) in a research institution abroad (other than the institution that delivered their PhD).

Instructions for Application

More information can be requested to Mme Françoise Motte-Tollet, Direction administrative de la Faculté des Sciences: 04 366 36 52 – e-mail :

Applications should be sent before September, 15th, 2017 to:
– Monsieur le Doyen Pascal Poncin
– Bureau de la Faculté des Sciences
– Quartier Agora
– Allée du six août, 17b – Bât B6b
– Université de Liège
– B-4000 Liège

The application file should include a complete curriculum vitae according to the form advised by the Faculty of Sciences, a cover letter and a research project (max. 5 pages).

An electronic form of the complete application file should also be mailed to doyen.sciences at (with a copy to francoise.motte at