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Recruitment of researchers

The recruitment of permanent researchers at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris is done through the competitive examinations by the Sections 17 and 02 of the CNRS, the competitive examination (in French) of the “National Council of Astronomers and Physicists” (for Conseil National des Astronomes et Physiciens, CNAP), and by Sorbonne Université (in French), for the lecturer and professor positions. The CNRS and CNAP competitions are national whereas those of Sorbonne Université are the subject of a specific job opening. Note that CNAP astronomers are expected to participate in one of the observational service tasks with which the IAP is associated.

Important: Whatever their areas of interest, researchers who wish to join the IAP must contact IAP researchers, or the heads of research groups, the project managers, or the director (François Bouchet) well before the deadline to submit the application for the competitive examinations. For the CNRS competition, this contact is strongly encouraged to occur before the Christmas holidays. The IAP offers assistance with the preparation of an application, if the contact takes place sufficiently in advance.

The Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris wishes to recruit talented young scientists in all of its fields of research (listed in unranked order):

  • The physics of the primordial Universe, the theories of gravity and gravitational waves
  • Theoretical and observational cosmology
  • High energy astrophysics
  • The formation and evolution of galaxies
  • The search for and characterization of exoplanets

Furthermore, in order to support the evolution of its scientific priorities, the laboratory draws the attention of candidates to the following areas of research (listed in unranked order):

  • High energy astrophysics and gravitational waves: after the spectacular detections started in 2015 of gravitational waves produced by the coalescence of two black holes or neutron stars, and with the perspective of the launch of the SVOM satellite for the search for gamma-ray bursts, the IAP wishes to strengthen its impact by the arrival of a researcher with expertise and interest in the theory and/or the observations of high-energy astrophysical phenomena: gamma-ray bursts, coalescence of compact objects, production associated gravitational waves, study of electromagnetic counterparts including the use of such events as a cosmological probe.
  • Research and characterization of extra-solar planets: the arrival of a major instrument for planetary research using the radial velocity method (SPIRou), the launch of three space observatories in 2018 (JWST, CHEOPS and TESS), the possibilities offered by the WFIRST and Euclid satellites for the use of microlensing, open a new era in the search for exoplanets and the characterization of their atmospheres by transit observations. The IAP is also strongly involved in the European Space Agency's recently adopted Ariel mission that will observe about 1000 exoplanets atmospheres starting in 2029. Recruitment along this line of research can be done in particular through the SPIRou observational service tasks with which the IAP is associated. The IAP website publishes the scientific themes and priorities for recruitments.

  • Big data analysis and high performance computing: Whatever the scientific field, the development and use of statistical methods and sophisticated calculations for data simulation and analysis are a major focus of development. The IAP seeks to strengthen its expertise in high performance computing (massively parallel computing, general purpose GPU computing, etc.) and analysis of complex and/or massive datasets (Bayesian inference, deep learning, etc.) in contact with specialists in applied mathematics.
  • Scientific exploitation of the Euclid satellite: whether for its core program or for its so-called "Legacy" program, the Euclid satellite will provide data of unprecedented richness and quality. This data will bring a multitude of information not only on the properties of the large-scale structure of the Universe, but also on the evolution of galaxies, offering multiple possibilities for the development of new and original ideas for all of these areas of research. These scientific developments are likely to take place within the Euclid observational service task.


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