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IRAM Postdoctoral Research Position in Millimeter Astronomy

2021-01-00 | Ref: VN2021-01
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Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimétrique
300 rue de la Piscine, F – 38406 St-Martin d’Hères
Email submission: – IRAM personnel department
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Posting date: January 14, 2021
Deadline for applications: March 07, 2021

IRAM is an international research organization for millimeter and submillimeter astronomy supported by the CNRS (France), the Max-Planck Gesellschaft (Germany), and the IGN (Spain). The organization operates two world-class research facilities, the IRAM 30-meter telescope in Spain, and NOEMA, the largest millimeter interferometer of the northern hemisphere in the French Alps. By 2021, NOEMA will have twelve antennas and offer ten times the sensitivity and twice the spatial resolution of the former Plateau de Bure interferometer. The institute also houses one of the nodes of the European ALMA science support center.

IRAM is seeking a qualified candidate for a position in the NOEMA Science Operations Group (SOG). The candidate is expected to invest 50% of the time on z-GAL, an international project aimed at investigating the nature and physical properties of the brightest submillimeter galaxies in the Herschel surveys (H-ATLAS and HerMES). As a member of the z-GAL consortium, the candidate will be fully involved in the scientific exploitation, analysis and modeling of the data collected with the NOEMA interferometer, and collaborate on follow-up research activities conducted in the frame of the z-GAL project.

The candidate will also spend 50% of the time in a range of activities of the SOG to support the integration and science verification of NOEMA subsystems, provide assistance to the scientific operation of NOEMA as an astronomer on duty, support the broader user community in the preparation of proposals and observations, and provide technical expertise to visiting astronomers in the analysis and interpretation of data obtained with the NOEMA interferometer. Depending on experience and skills, the successful candidate may also take part in software developments aimed at extending NOEMA's capabilities.

The current position offers the opportunity for astronomers to work with world-class research facilities and pursue their career in a very dynamic and competitive field of research. We are seeking qualified candidates with a PhD, preferably with a demonstrated observational experience and a strong interest in (sub)millimeter wave interferometry. Good English communication skills and a strong sense of team spirit are essential attributes. Aptitude and interest in developing software applications and working experience in an international research environment are assets. Applicants must possess a driver's license.

Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae, bibliography, a brief statement of research interests, an outline of future plans, and arrange for three letters of reference. Applications received before March 7, 2021 will be given full consideration, but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The appointment is for two years with the possibility of extension, and could start as early as possible. Applications and reference letters are to be submitted by email to the IRAM personnel department. Questions should be directed to the head of the astronomy and science support group ( and to the scientific coordinator of the z-GAL project (

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