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Reference : UMR7326-FRELEP-052
Workplace : MARSEILLE 13
Date of publication : Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Alexandre Beelen et Véronique Buat
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly
Description of the thesis topic
Applications are invited for one PhD positions in extragalactic astrophysics at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille in France. Successful applicants will work with Alexandre Beelen and Veronique Buat on exploiting the rich dataset of the NOEMA Large Program z-GAL, whose primary goal is a comprehensive redshift survey of a sample of 200 of the brightest SubMillimeter Galaxies from the main Herschel surveys.
The specific thesis objectives are (i) to study of the dust continuum properties of the z-GAL sources and their evolution with redshift, which is a crucial information for galaxy evolution models and (ii) to derive the properties of the interstellar medium, from which stars are formed, in high redshift starburst galaxies with mean stacked spectra of the z-GAL sample to identify faint emission lines from the molecular and atomic gas. Both, dust continuum and emission lines, are key tracers of star formation activities and will help us understanding the physical conditions of star formation in these objects.
The PhD student will also participate to the follow-up observations of the z-GAL program, in particular at radio wavelength, and the high-angular resolution follow-up of the most interesting sources. She/he will also contribute to the production of z-GAL sources catalog including physical properties.
Applicants are expected to have some experience in astronomy, (sub)-millimeter observations and/or data reduction (in particular with GILDAS/CASA) as well as scientific coding, preferentially in python.
The position is available for a talented student who is about to finish their Master (or equivalent) degree in Physics or Astrophysics.
The successful PhD candidate will be fully part of the z-GAL collaboration project, and will work in close collaboration with all its members at LAM, at IAP and IRAM, as well as other international institutions.
The LAM, situated in Marseille in the south of France, provides a stimulating work environment, in a collaborative and collegial atmosphere.
Constraints and risks
The applicant must be prepared to travel regularly to Paris and/or Grenoble for work and collaboration meetings.
Interested candidates need submit a CV, cover letter, copy of diploma and 2 letters of recommendation.
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