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Postdoctoral research positions in dust evolution in galaxies

Posted by Maohai Huang at October 06. 2009

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral research positions at the
Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS), in Orsay at the Université
Paris-Sud 11, to start as soon as possible. The successful candidates
will be members of the Interstellar Medium and Cosmology (MIC) research
group at the IAS (
The group's interstellar medium (ISM) research interests include many
aspects of dust modelling, within the context of dust evolution in the
ISM of our Galaxy, from diffuse clouds to star- and planet-forming
regions. Our interests also encompass the ISM in distant galaxies.

The group is strongly focussed on the interpretation of the data
from Herschel, Planck, Spitzer, IRAS/IRIS, ISO, WMAP, Archeops, SST,

The postdoctoral research project will focus on the observation and
modelling of the evolution of the interstellar dust as a function of
the environment and, in particular, on the nature of dust emission at
long wavelengths, through studies of their optical and thermal
properties at low temperatures and long wavelengths. The postdoctoral
research research will involve the new data being taken by the Herschel
and Planck missions within the context of "guaranteed time projects"
and "key projects", respectively.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in the field of interstellar
medium and/or interstellar dust studies in our galaxy, nearby or
distant galaxies and, ideally, to have some experience in the
observation and/or modelling of dust. The postdoctoral appointment is
initially for one or two years with extensions up to a total of three
years possible.

Candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a
description of research interests and also arrange for two letters of
recommendation to be sent (e-mail preferred) to the address below. The
deadline for applications is 20th November 2009.

Contact/submission address: Dr. Alain Abergel and Dr. Anthony Jones (,, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Centre Universitaire d’Orsay, Bât 121 , 91405 Orsay Cedex, France

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