The Astrophysics Sector (http://www.sissa.it/ap) of the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste (SISSA, Italy) expects to have an opening for up to three research associate (postdoc) positions starting in Fall 2012. The positions are for two years and can be possibly extended for a third year.
A further opening starting in Fall 2012 or earlier is available for a two year research associate working specifically in the field of large-scale structure effects on the CMB.
SISSA is a multidisciplinary PhD school, unique in Italy, pursuing research in the areas of physics, mathematics and neuroscience and is located close to the main scientific institutions of the region (ICTP, Trieste University and the Trieste Observatory). The Astrophysics Sector currently consists of eleven staff members, nine postdocs and eighteen graduate students (http://www.sissa.it/ap/people.html). Our research interests include: analysis and interpretation of cosmic microwave background and sub-mm surveys (Planck and Herschel), large-scale structure and cluster physics, galaxies, dark matter, galactic and extragalactic black holes, stellar structure and evolution, high-energy astrophysics, relativistic astrophysics, early universe physics and gravitation theory.
We welcome applications from all candidates whose research interests complement or enhance those of our group.
The selected candidates are expected to take part in the scientific activity of the sector and to carry out their own independent research. There are no compulsory teaching duties. SISSA also offers good local computer facilities and access to regional supercomputing resources. All of our scientific activity is carried out in English (as is the administrative support) and we provide local assistance for all members: a housing office, Italian classes, a nursery for children of SISSA members and a gym.
Applicants should register with academicjobsonline.org and then submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a research statement giving a brief description of past research and future plans, and provide the names and email addresses of two referees who we will automatically contact. The online application form for these posts is at http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1269
For further information you can contact Lorena Bencina via email: bencina[AT]sissa.it
Completed applications should be received no later than January 15, 2012.