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|IAC POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN Science with OSIRIS-Rex Project||Closing date: 2017-05-31
Contact: Secretariat of the Research Division
|The IAC (Tenerife) invites applications for ONE postdoctoral contract to work on topics within the project ?Science with OSIRIS-Rex? (AYA2015-67772-R) project, led by Dr. Javier Licandro.
Research topics at the IAC include most areas of astrophysics: solar physics, planetary systems, stellar and interstellar physics, galactic formation and evolution, and cosmology and astroparticles. These research lines are supported by an ambitious instrumentation program. The IAC has been selected as a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence by the Spanish MINECO
|: The main goal of this position is to work on the scientific exploitation of the data produced by the OSIRIS-REx mission suite of cameras OCAMS. In order to support and enhance the science return from the mission and to put in context the obtained results, the candidate will also work on the physical characterization of primitive asteroid families in the main belt using both ground- and space-based data. The candidate will be responsible for: (1) the analysis of the color maps generated from the OCAMS images, as well as other surface properties like size and number distribution of boulders; (2) the analysis of spectroscopic data obtained in the frame of the ongoing PRIMitive Asteroid Spectroscopic Survey (PRIMASS); (3) the analysis of the spectrophotometric/spectroscopic data of primitive asteroid families obtained by the J-PLUS/Gaia surveys. The postdoc will also have access to ESO and Spanish observational facilities, including the 10.4m GTC in La Palma. The selected candidate will work closely with Drs. Javier Licandro and Julia de León.
Expertise in the following topics will be highly valued:
? Imaging in the visible and near-infrared of solar system objects
? Spectroscopy in the visible and near-infrared of solar system objects
? Data mining
? Reduction and analysis of spacecraft images
Position requirements: Candidates should have/demonstrate a good track record of research and a strong background on small objects of the Solar System. Observational or/and modelling experience is mandatory. It is also highly desirable that the candidate has an extensive experience in the use of tools for spectroscopic analysis, including taxonomical classification and composition. Experience in working with spacecraft images will be positively evaluated.
Qualification requirements: To be eligible for admission, applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics or Physics, within the application deadline (May 31, 2017). A copy of the degree or corresponding stamped certificate (issued by the University where the degree was obtained), must be included. If the applicant has not completed the Ph.D. degree within the application deadline, will not be considered.
Training: Those candidates who have done their Ph.D. research at the IAC must have undertaken a period of training at other research centres. This period must consist of either one continuous year or 18 accumulated months (including periods of training during their doctoral period).
Duration: The appointment will be for a period of 2 years. The starting date is expected to be during the second half of 2017, and not later than January 1, 2018.
Remuneration: The gross annual salary is 33,215 Euros, subject to up to 20% tax and Social Security deductions (depending on the personal situation of the candidate). Medical insurance under the Spanish National Health Service will be provided for the candidate and will also cover spouse or registered partner (de facto partner) and children (if relevant).
Relocation allowance: This call includes a relocation allowance (only for the selected candidate) comprising: the cost of the flight ticket (booked and issued by the IAC), temporary accommodation for up to two weeks (organised by the IAC) and per diem rate up to two weeks. The maximum IAC will reimburse is 2,000 Euros.
Non-UE citizens: Applicants who are not citizen of a country belonging to the European Union are invited to apply for this position, but, if selected, will be allowed to sign the contract with the IAC only after obtaining the compulsory documentation required to live and work in Spain.
How to apply: use the online application system, http://www.iac.es/jobs/research/, including the required information and documents. Alternatively, follow the instructions in the official announcement (only in Spanish).
The required documentation must be submitted using the online application system and received by the application deadline. The CV, publication list, statements of research interests and suitability for the position, copy of the Ph.D. degree, and copy the national identity or passport should be merged into a single PDF file.
Late applications or those that do not include the mandatory application form (Annex I), will not be considered. In case of incomplete applications, the applicant will have a period of five (5) days, starting from the day after publication of the provisional list of accepted and excluded candidates, to provide the missing documentation.
Contact: For scientific enquiries please contact Dr. Javier Licandro (licandr @ iac.es).
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