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Post-doctoral position in numerical galaxy formation

Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral position in the field of numerical galaxy formation. The post-doc will join the simulation group led by J. Blaizot at Lyon Observatory, and will be expected to work on topics including high-redshift galaxy formation, the circum-galactic medium and its observable signatures, sub-grid modeling of star formation and feedback form massive stars.

The position is funded by the Lyon Institute of Origins (LIO) as part of the Laboratory of Excellence Initiative. As such, the successful candidate will have a priviledged access to the LIO computing facilities (including a local cluster of about 1500 cores).

The successful applicant will work in the exciting environment of Lyon Observatory, one of the leading astrophysics Institute in France, and the head of the consortium who built the MUSE instrument on VLT. The galaxy formation and cosmology group (GALPAC) is currently hiring 8 postdocs and 4 PhD students, to work on the analysis of MUSE Guaranteed Time Observations as well as numerical simulations.

The position is available from September 2014 (an earlier start is highly negotiable), and comes with a competitive salary and full benefits.

The applicant should have a PhD in astronomy or astrophysics, in a topic related to galaxy formation and evolution. Applications need to be submitted electronically to before Dec 15th 2013, as a single PDF file including a brief CV, a list of publications as well as a short (3 pages max) statement of research interests. Late applications will be considered until the position is filled. The candidates should arrange for three reference letters to be sent by the same date.