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Deadline: 2017-12-01
Location: Paris, France

Two postdoc positions in primordial cosmology at IAP, Paris, France

In connection with the new ERC Starting Grant GEODESI (Principal Investigator: Sebastien Renaux-Petel), the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris invites applications for two postdoctoral positions in primordial cosmology, to start indicatively in Fall 2018. Earlier starting dates are welcome and negotiable.

The positions are for two years initially, with the possibility of a third year extension based on performance. Applicants must have a PhD by the time the contact starts.

The main scientific objective of the project is to determine the theoretical and observational consequences of the geometrical destabilization of inflation, a recently discovered instability of inflationary models that can have far-reaching implications for cosmology and theoretical high-energy physics. Applicants with interests in the field of primordial cosmology broadly defined are encouraged to apply. Lattice field-theory simulations will be a pivotal aspect of one of the position, for which relevant experience is highly desirable.

The successful candidates will benefit from the lively and internationally visible research environment of IAP, with rich intellectual and computational resources. The members of the theory group of IAP are interested in a wide range of topics, including cosmology, gravitational waves, modifications of gravity and astroparticles. More generally, IAP plays a central role in several observational programs (notably Planck and Euclid). Further information can be found on the IAP website: http://www.iap.fr/?langue=en
The postdocs will also benefit from the very large cosmology/astrophysics and theoretical physics communities in the Paris region.

The salary is competitive, depending on experience, and a generous travel allowance will be provided. The positions also include transportation and lunches subsidies.

Applications consisting of a CV, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests should be sent into one pdf file via email to iap.erc.2017[AT]gmail.com before the 1st of December, 2017. Applicants should also arrange for 3 recommendation letters to be sent to the same e-mail address by this date.

Late applications may be considered until the positions have been filled.

For informal inquiries about the positions please contact Dr. Sebastien Renaux-Petel (iap.erc.2017[AT]gmail.com).


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