Diffusion PNCG – n° 203 – 23 decembre 2020

1. Joyeuses Fêtes !

2. Rencontres de Moriond Gravitation (March 9-11, 2021, virtual)

3. Summer School on the ISM of Galaxies, from the Epoch of Reionisation to the Milky Way (July 12 – 23, 2021, Online)
4. Ouverture poste MCF « cosmologie théorique » (LUPM-Montpellier)

5. International School of Astrophysics Daniel Chalonge – Hector de Vega. 

6. Postdoc Position in Cosmology at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris
7. Research Fellowship in Cosmology at the University of Florence
8. Post-doctoral Research Fellow: The WEAVE-LOFAR Survey (University of Hertfordshire)
9. Postdoc + PhD positions at University of Copenhagen Cosmic Dawn Center

Envoyez svp vos propositions d’annonces à l’adresse : pncg@iap.fr
Pour vous inscrire ou gérer votre abonnement à la liste PNCG: https://listes.services.cnrs.fr/wws/info/pncg 

1. Joyeuses Fêtes !
Le Programme National de Cosmologie et Galaxies vous souhaite de bonnes fêtes de fin d’année 2020 !

The Programme National de Cosmologie et Galaxies wishes you merry end of year festivities !
Le bureau du PNCG

2. Rencontres de Moriond Gravitation (March 9-11, 2021, virtual)

The Rencontres de Moriond on Gravitation originally planed to January 16-23, 2021 have been postponed to January 2022 due to the sanitary situation.

However an online conference around poster sessions will be organized March 9-11, 2021 to allow for presentations of some of the exciting results
obtained since the last edition, 2 years ago. General questions on the practical organization can already be found on the conference website,
which will be soon updated with more details.

We therefore call for abstracts on the main topics of the conference. 
The expected deadline is January 31st, 2021

The committee will then select 15-20 abstracts for each of the 6 sessions foreseen, which will all have the same structure:

  • an introductory talk in a « virtual conference room » for 30 min.
  • one hour for an unguided tour in the poster room with discussions with the authors

To send an abstract, please use the form on:

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3. Summer School on the ISM of Galaxies, from the Epoch of Reionisation to the Milky Way (July 12 – 23, 2021, Online)

The school aims to offer an overview of the observational constraints, the interpretative tools and the theoretical frameworks used for studying the interstellar medium in galaxies from the epoch of reionization to contemporary Universe. It also aims to build a synergy between the Galactic and extragalactic ISM communities.

The school contains both lectures and hands-on projects, that will be given and supervised in all afternoons (CET).

Confirmed lecturers are :
        • François BOULANGER (ENS, Paris, France)
        • Émeric BRON (LERMA, Paris, France)
        • Véronique BUAT (LAM, Marseille, France)
        • Sylvie CABRIT (LERMA, Paris, France)
        • Benoît COMMERÇON (CRAL, Lyon, France)
        • Karine DEMYK (IRAP, Toulouse, France)
        • David ELBAZ (CEA, Saclay, France)
        • Gary FERLAND (University of Kentucky, USA)
        • Andrea FERRARA (SNS, Pisa, Italy)
        • Adam LEROY (Ohio State University, USA)
        • Frédérique MOTTE (IPAG, Grenoble, France)
        • Eve OSTRIKER (Princeton University, USA)
        • Florent RENAUD (Lund Observatory, Sweden)
        • Raffaella SCHNEIDER (University of Rome, Italy)

For a complete description, visit our website: https://ismgalaxies2021.sciencesconf.org/.

Registration will open on February 3rd, 2021. There will be no registration fees.

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4. Ouverture poste MCF « cosmologie théorique » (LUPM-Montpellier)

Un poste de Maître/sse de Conférences est susceptible d’être ouvert en section 29 du CNU à l’Université de Montpellier (publication officielle au tout début 2021 le cas échéant). Le/la candidat/e recruté/e sera affecté/e dans l’équipe IFAC du LUPM (UMR-5299) au 1er septembre 2021, et intégré/e au département de physique de l’université.

Le profil « recherche » se caractérise par une expertise de niveau international en cosmologie théorique et une très bonne maîtrise de la relativité générale ou de ses extensions (inflation, matière et énergie noires en cosmologie, perturbations cosmologiques, ondes gravitationnelles, gravité modifiée, etc.). Un très fort intérêt pour la phénoménologie et l’interprétation des données observationnelles associées à cette thématique de recherche (fonds diffus micro-onde et 21 cm, relevés de supernovae et de galaxies, grandes structures, ondes gravitationnelles, etc.) sera apprécié. L’expertise requise vise à consolider les activités recherche en cosmologie de l’équipe « Interactions Fondamentales, Astroparticules et Cosmologie » (IFAC) du LUPM.

Le profil « enseignement » implique d’excellentes qualités pédagogiques et un fort investissement dans une refonte des enseignements de la relativité générale et de la cosmologie dans le Master « Cosmos, Champs et Particules » (CCP) de l’Université de Montpellier, ainsi que dans les enseignements standards de physique au niveau licence. Le service d’enseignement officiel d’un/e enseignant/e-chercheur/se est de 192h/an. Les modalités de candidature seront renseignées sur l’application nationale dédiée GALAXIE.

Contact : Julien Lavalle, LUPM/IFAC (lavalle@in2p3.fr)

Transmis par J. Lavalle

5. International School of Astrophysics Daniel Chalonge – Hector de Vega.
Adam G. RIESS 3 december 2020 Session: New Measurements of the Expansion Rate of the Universe, Faster than we thought: Video and slides, medals, photos, and discussion with Chris Tully (Princeton), Bill Green (Floride Tallahassee), Bozena Czerny (Warsaw), Anthony Lasenby (Cambridge-UK), George Smoot, Norma Sanchez (Paris).

-Nobel Lectures in Physics 2020 8 December 2020: Video  Roger Penrose: Black Holes, Cosmology, and Space-Time Singularities. Reinhard Genzel: A Forty Year Journey. Andrea Ghez: From the Possibility to the Certainty of a Supermassive Black Hole.

– Next  Special Sessions 2021 at 16h00 Paris Time (in remote):
Save the dates: 21 Janvier, 28 Janvier, 3 February, 10 February 2021
More information and connection links will be announced

And that is not all (quotation from Henri Poincaré)…

-Find all the year 2020 activity:
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6. Postdoc Position in Cosmology at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris

Deadline: 15th of January 2021

The Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (IAP) invites applications for postdoctoral positions in cosmology to work with Dr. Silvia Galli and her research group funded by the ERC-Consolidator grant NEUCosmoS. The goal of the proposed research is to analyze and interpret the cosmological implications of observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background from one of the leading CMB ground-based experiments, the South Pole Telescope. The postdoctoral research will take place in tight connection with the SPT collaborators at the University of Chicago and at other partner institutions. The successful applicant will also have the possibility to collaborate and interact closely with some of the leaders of the Planck satellite mission including Drs. François Bouchet, Karim Benabed, Eric Hivon, Jean-François Cardoso and many others.

Applicants with experience in the analysis of cosmological datasets (likelihood codes, modeling of systematic effects and astrophysical foregrounds, inference of cosmological parameters) and/or with a strong background in computational, theoretical or statistical cosmology are particularly invited to apply. Excellent candidatures with a general background in cosmology will be considered regardless.

We are seeking to fill positions of 3-4 years duration (2 years extendable, depending on performance). The start date is flexible in fall 2021. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and a generous travel budget is included in the positions. 
Applicants should submit a CV (max. 2 pages), a publication list, a short review of previous works and statement of research interests (max. 4 pages) into a single pdf file through the website, where additional information is also provided:


Up to four recommendation letters should be sent directly to Dr. Galli gallis@iap.fr . For full consideration, the application and recommendation letters must be received before January 15th, 2021.

Additional enquiries about the positions can be sent to Silvia Galli (gallis@iap.fr).

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7. Research Fellowship in Cosmology at the University of Florence

Deadline: January 4, 2021


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Florence (Italy) invites applications for a *Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship* from enthusiastic researchers with strong background in Physics and Cosmology. The Fellowship is co-funded by the /Italian Ministry of University and Research /(MIUR) through the PRIN grant “Quest for the First Stars” and by the /European Research Council/ through the ERC starting grant /NEFERTITI/.

The successful applicant will be based in Florence to actively work with the /NEFERTITI /Team, led by Prof. Stefania Salvadori (University of Florence). He/she will strongly interact with the overall PRIN team, coordinated by the PI Prof. Andrea Ferrara (Scuola Nornale Superiore of Pisa).

The research areas include first stars and galaxies, with particular emphasis on IGM metal enrichment and chemical abundance of high-z Damped Lyman Alpha and Lyman Limit systems. Candidates with experience in the development/use of cosmological simulations of metal enrichment and/or in the analysis of high-resolution spectra of high-z absorbers are strongly encouraged to apply. An excellent academic record, good command of English and strong communication/writing skills will be important criteria for the selection.

The candidates must hold a PhD in Physics or Astrophysics at the begining of the fellowship. The appointment is offered for three years starting from May the 1st 2021, with possibility of a delay upon agreement. The gross salary will be of 27,000 €/year. Non italian applicants will also receive an integration of 1,500€/year for the Mobility Allowance. Generous research and travel funds will be available.

The expressions of interest must arrive no later than January 4, 2021 at 1.00 pm (GMT+1) using the documents (p. 32 for English) available at:

For information about the research project, interested candidates can get in touch with the scientific coordinator, Prof. Stefania Salvadori, stefania.salvadori@unifi.it. Administrative information may be addressed to emiliano.chiezzi@unifi.it

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8. Post-doctoral Research Fellow: The WEAVE-LOFAR Survey (University of Hertfordshire)

Deadline: January 26, 2021

The University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Astrophysics Research is seeking a promising early-career post-doctoral researcher to lead original scientific investigations of galaxy formation and evolution using data from the new WEAVE-LOFAR survey, working with Dr Dan Smith. In addition to publishing scientific results in high-impact journals, the post holder will develop a leading role ensuring that WEAVE-LOFAR achieves its wider scientific objectives, by monitoring observing progress and preparing observations for execution, as a key member of the WEAVE-LOFAR science team.

The successful applicant will have a good track record of research in a relevant area, including submitting/publishing in leading astronomical journals, experience of scientific programming in Python, and of working with optical spectroscopy of galaxies/AGN. The ideal candidate will have experience of working with multi-object optical spectrographs, and preparing astronomical observations for execution.

The post is available for up to 3 years with a start date ideally between April 1 and October 1 2021.  Candidates should have (or have submitted for) a PhD in astronomy/astrophysics before starting the role. The starting salary is expected to be £33,797 per annum, incrementing annually, with higher salary possible depending on experience.

Applications should be submitted online via jobs.herts.ac.uk by the 26th January 2021, including a CV, list of publications, and a summary of previous research and current interests (not exceeding two sides of A4, Word or PDF format). Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Dan Smith (d.j.b.smith@herts.ac.uk) for further information. 
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9. Postdoc + PhD positions at University of Copenhagen Cosmic Dawn Center

Deadline: January 4, 2021 (Post-doc) and January 15, 2021 (PhD)

I am writing to advertise positions at the Cosmic Dawn Center at the University of Copenhagen. I will be starting a group there next year, broadly focusing on Reionization and high redshift galaxy evolution; aiming to bridge theory and observations via statistical inferences to interpret e.g. JWST observations.

I anticipate hiring one 3 year postdoc and one PhD student to start around Fall 2021. 

Prospective candidates should apply through the DAWN calls: 

Applicants with interests and expertise in any areas and techniques related to Reionization, high redshift galaxy evolution, and Lyman-alpha emission, are encouraged to apply. Applicants to the DAWN Fellowship will automatically be considered for a postdoc position with me: graduating students as well as more experienced postdocs are encouraged to apply.
Transmis par A. Robin

Envoyez svp vos propositions d’annonces à l’adresse : pncg@iap.fr
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