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Opening for a post-doctoral position on VLTI/AMBER observations
Monday 24 May 2004, by Fabien Malbet

We have received 7 applications of excellent quality. The selection committee met on 18 May 2004 and has proposed to the CNRS the following ranking:

1. Willem-Jan De Wit
2. Emmanuel Di Folco
3. Olivier Chesneau
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4. Serge Correia

Note: We have learned recently that the post-doc duration has been extended by one additional year, and therefore corresponds to a total of two years.

Title: Observations at very high angular resolution of the environments of young stellar objects, active galactic nuclei and/or exoplanets using the AMBER instrument on the ESO/VLT interferometer

Position: Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (LAOG) to work on the first observational data set obtained with AMBER. AMBER is a scientific instrument which has been installed at the interferometric focus of the Very Large Telecope (VLT) operated by ESO. This instrument can combine beams from any 3 telescopes in the near infrared and disperse the light with 30, 1500 and 10000 spectral resolutions. AMBER on the VLTI reaches a spatial resolution up to 20 times better than the one obtained with the NAOS adaptive optics at the same wavelengths. The scientific outcomes of this instrument are multiple and includes 3 main astrophysical objectives: (i) to get images of the circumstellar environment of young stars with a resolution sharper than 0.1 astronomical units in order to study notably the planet formation and the corresponding physical processes taking place in the accretion disks; (ii) to resolve with a spatial resolution better than one parsec the central core of active galactic nuclei (AGN), objects which are not presently resolved with adaptive optics on 10-m class telescopes and to test therefore the AGN unification scheme which predicts the presence of a dust torus; (iii) to detect for the first time, the photons emitted by a extrasolar planetary and eventually reconstruct the spectrum. The research project consists in exploiting at best the data that will be collected in the first observing periods and to reach one of the 3 main objectives of AMBER described previously. The choice has been made to not focus the application domain (young stars, active galactic nuclei, or exoplanets) in order to hire the most adequate candidate. The candidate will work in LAOG with the personnel directly involved in AMBER (F. Malbet, K. Perraut, G. Duvert et al.) and the researchers of the consortium directly involved in one of the projects: young stellar regions (F. Ménard et al.), active galactic nuclei (G. Pelletier et al.) or exoplanets (C. Perrier et al.). This work will involve also collaboration with other members of the AMBER consortium institutes.

Profile of the candidate: The candidate should have a significant experience in one of the 3 following fields: stellar and/or planetary formation, active galactic nuclei, or exoplanets. One or several experiences in optical high angular resolution (adaptive optics, multi-telescope interferometry, and/or speckle interferometry) or in millimetre-wave interferometry would also be particularly appreciated.

Contact: Dr. F. Malbet
+33 (0)4 76 63 58 33

Additional information:
- Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (UMR 5571):
- Involved LAOG researchers:

    • young stellar objects: F. Malbet, J.-P. Berger, H. Beust, J. Bouvier, C. Dougados, A.-M. Lagrange, F. Ménard (responsable équipe FOST), J.-L. Monin.
    • active galactic nuclei: D. Fraix-Burnet, P.-O. Petrucci, G. Henri
    • exoplanets: C. Perrier, X. Delfosse, A.-M. Lagrange

- AMBER collaborators: R. Petrov (Nice), G. Weigelt (Bonn), L. Testi (Arcetri), A. Marconi (Arcetri)

Position conditions:
- Duration: 1 year
- Salary: 2150 € per month (gross)
- Starting date: 1 September 2004

- possession of a PhD or equivalent at the time of the appointment
- aged 40 years or less
- no nationality conditions

How to apply? The official application site is on the CNRS site under the Post-doc 2004 page. This position is refered under the number SDU 15.

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Postdoc Application

To apply, the candidates must contact with the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (see contact above) and send an application file. The applicants are free to send additional information like reference letters, a description of their research project, etc...

Deadline: 14 May 2004

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