The projet ORIGINS, funded by the Agence National de la Recherche (ANR), aims at observationally discovering and characterising the original planetesimals of our Solar System that are still present in the asteroid main belt. To do so, ORIGINS needs to identify and characterise the oldest asteroid families of fragments, in order to remove them from sight and uncover the population of leftover planetesimals.
In the framework of the ANR ORIGINS we offer a two-year post doctoral position in order to join our group starting in January 2021. The post doc will mainly work on the characterisation of the asteroid families and of the planetesimals discovered by our group. He/she will focus on the study of their composing space materials, collisional material mixing, combining data of spectra, sizes, masses, densities and meteoritical/laboratory analogs.
The post doc is expected to have experience in the field in order to be quickly reach the heart of the project and respect the deliverables in collaboration with the ANR partners.
The desired characteristics for the post doc are: (i) PhD in physics, astronomy, space science. (ii) some years of experience after obtaining the PhD, (iii) successful telescope proposal record, (iv) astronomical observations and data experience, (v) experience in data collection, massive database of physical properties of asteroids, (vi) understating and modelling of the space materials and their collisional mixing at different scales, (vii) high english proficiency; (viii) publication record on the topic.
Environment:The postdoctoral researcher will be working at the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, Nice, France in the Laboratoire Lagrange (astrophysics,https://lagrange.oca.eu/fr/accueil-lagrange)
Applications should include a CV, publication list, a motivator letter no longer than 2 pages, and two names of reference.
All applications received by November 1st, 2020 will be given full consideration.