Postdoctral position in JWST imaging methods for exoplanetary systems

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Aix-Marseille Université
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille
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Job Description

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in High-Contrast Imaging/Data Science at the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (France). The position is nominally for 2 years. The position can start as early as March 16, 2024, and preferentially before July 2024.

Full job announce:

The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of innovative post-processing methods to improve direct imaging detection limits with JWST, with a focus on using the wavefront sensor telemetry to inform the stellar PSF subtraction. In addition to publicly available data, they will have access to the team’s programs and be encouraged to submit JWST proposals on their own related to this research. The researcher will also investigate possible adaptation of the methods to the Roman Space Telescope, in collaboration with members of the ESCAPE team.

Research environment:
The successful applicant will join the ESCAPE team, an ERC consolidator project (PI: Elodie Choquet, 2022-2027) aiming at developing advanced image processing methods for the detection of exoplanets for modern and active Space Telescopes. The postdoctoral researcher will evolve in a team of 7 people (inc. 2 in Lagrange institute, Nice), working on a diversity of topics related to space coronagraphic imaging, ranging from data numerical simulations, lab experiments, development of image processing and statistical methods, and interpretation of observing programs. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to contribute to and benefit from the mutual interactions and emulsion with the whole team. Support will be provided for computing resources, collaborative works, and participation to conferences as part of the ESCAPE project.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or equivalent field.
Experience in any of the following fields will be given extra consideration:
-    Direct imaging observations and analysis of exoplanetary systems,
-    Instrumentation for High angular resolution astronomy
-    Data science, artificial intelligence methods
Our team recognize the key role of diversity and inclusivity in our scientific community. We are committed to equal opportunity employment, and we thus encourage applications from members of under-represented communities.  We will not discriminate applicants because of gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, color, nationality, or disability status.

Application process:
Interested candidates should address their application as pdf files by email to Elodie Choquet ([email protected]) by March 15th. Application material includes:
-    A curriculum vitae (CV) including a list of publications.
-    A statement of research experience and interest (2 pages).
The candidates should also arrange for three reference letters to be sent by the same deadline.
Review of applications will begin on March 18th and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Feb 19
Application Deadline
2024 Mar 22