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STEPS / MaTYSSE postdoctoral position on "Studying the impact of magnetic fields on star / planet formation"

Par Jean-Francois Donati - 29/04/2015


STEPS / MaTYSSE postdoctoral position on "Studying the impact of magnetic fields on star / planet formation"

Practical information

deadline for application : June 15th, 2015
Job category : post-doctoral positions / fellowships
Duration : 2 yr - renewable for 1 yr
Institute / Company name : Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP) / Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées (OMP) / Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées (UFTMiP)
Address : IRAP / OMP / UFTMiP, 14 avenue Belin, F-31400 Toulouse, France
Attention to : Drs JF Donati & G Hussain emails for contact & submissions : jean-francois.donati @ irap . omp . eu + ghussain @ eso . org

Job description

Applications are invited for a 2yr postdoctoral position (renewable for one additional year) in observational stellar astrophysics at IRAP/OMP/UFTMiP. The successful candidate will work with Drs JF Donati (CNRS/IRAP/OMP/UFTMiP) and G Hussain (ESO, Chaire d’Attractivité at UFTMiP) on spectropolarimetric studies of T Tauri stars within the framework of MaTYSSE (Magnetic Topologies of Young Stars and the Survival of massive close-in Exoplanets), a Large Programme bringing together experts in star formation to understand the role of magnetic fields in the early evolution of low-mass stars.

The work will focus on studying the properties of large-scale magnetic topologies of a sample of weak-line and classical T Tauri stars from sets of phase-resolved spectropolarimetric data collected within the MaTYSSE Large Program with the 3.6m CFHT, 2m TBL and 3.6m ESO telescopes, using the indirect imaging technique of Zeeman-Doppler Imaging. Another project goal will be to look for the potential presence of massive close-in exoplanets orbiting around the MaTYSSE targets. This work will also serve as science preparation for SPIRou, the new generation nIR velocimeter/spectropolarimeter to be implemented at CFHT in 2017, and currently in construction at IRAP / OMP / UFTMiP.

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher specialized in observational stellar astrophysics. Prior experience in the following areas is strongly preferred : spectropolarimetry, stellar surface imaging, stellar magnetic fields and velocimetry. Applicants should send their complete CV with full publication list, along with their long-term research project, to jean-francois.donati @ irap . omp . eu and ghussain @ eso . org by 2015 June 15th.

Located in Toulouse, France, IRAP / OMP / UFTMiP provides a productive research environment, with 250+ persons working in most domains of astrophysics, from theoretical research to instrumentation.

For more information on the MaTYSSE project, visit the public sections of the MaTYSSE wiki site
For more information on SPIRou, visit the SPIRou web site



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