Job Opportunity: XMM-Newton Postdoctoral position in X-ray Astronomy

Job Opportunity: XMM-Newton Postdoctoral position in X-ray Astronomy

[09 June 2023]

IRAP, Toulouse, France

The `Astrophysics of Compact Objects’ group in the GAHEC department of IRAP, Toulouse invites applications for a postdoctoral position to participate in the IRAP XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre (SSC) activities. IRAP directs the 8 European institutes that constitute the XMM-Newton SSC, responsible in part for producing the XMM-Newton Science Analysis Software (SAS), the identification of serendipitously detected X-ray sources and producing catalogues of XMM-Newton detected sources. The group is also involved in current and future projects such as INTEGRAL, Fermi, NuSTAR, CTA, SVOM and is leading the development of the X-ray Integral Field Unit foreseen for Athena.

As well as participating in SSC activities, the successful applicant will be expected to collaborate with other group members working on compact objects, using data from XMM-Newton and other observatories such as NuSTAR, Chandra, Fermi etc. The groups particular interests are neutron star timing (pulsars and QPOs), ultra luminous X-ray sources, compact binaries in general and intermediate mass black holes.

The candidate is expected to have: experience in high energy astrophysics; some programming skills and experience in compact objects. It would also be advantageous to have skills in interpreting data from other wavelengths. The post is open to candidates of any nationality who hold a PhD. The post is initially for one year, starting as early as November 2023 and renewable for a further two years. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a summary of research interests, a list of publications and and organise for two letters of recommendation to be sent (all as pdf files) to Natalie Webb ( ) before the 7th July 2023.

Included Benefits:

Additional funding for conferences, collaboration, personal equipment and publication is available. The position includes full access to the French healthcare system (medical and dental, sick leave, maternity leave).

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