Position : Postdoctoral fellowship for cosmological simulations for the Euclid mission
Location : Institute of Space Science (ICE), Barcelona, Spain
Position status : Open until December 15, 2017
Starting date : September 2018
Duration: 1 year can be renewable up to 2 more years
Contacts: Pablo Fosalba ( fosalba (at) ice.cat )
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 by the end of 2020.
The Observational Cosmology and Extragalactic astrophysics group at the Institute of Space Science (ICE) seeks to appoint one Postdoctoral fellow. Priority will be given to candidates with a good background on computational astrophysics/cosmology. The candidate is expected to be mainly involved in the development of cosmological simulations and galaxy mock catalogs for the ESA Euclid mission and the Dark Energy Survey in which the group is actively involved leading the development of simulations for these international projects.
Related to this activity, the fellow will have the opportunity to actively participate in the MICE project, working on the development and scientific exploitation of large numerical simulations of structure formation (see also the local CosmoHub website for mock data distribution, cosmohub.pic.es).
The group has wide access to local supercomputing facilities: the new 166,000 core and 11 petaflops peak performance Marenostrum supercomputer, the ICE computing cluster, the Port d’Informacio Cientifica , and other high-performance computing facilities. Senior members of the group include: F.Castander, M.Crocce, P.Fosalba and E.Gaztanaga. The eligible candidate will also have the possibility to develop independent research on different aspects of observational cosmology (galaxy clustering, galaxy formation, lensing, cross-correlations with the CMB) with a focus on large astronomical surveys in which the group is involved (DES, PAU, Euclid, DESI, LSST), and participate in the LACEGAL galaxy formation network activities. We expect to offer an appointment for 1 year, renewable for up to 2 more years depending on performance and funding, with a starting date around September 2018.
Deadline for applications is December 15, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please send CV, publication list, no more than three pages of research proposal, and 2 recommendation letters to Pablo Fosalba (fosalba (at) ice.cat).