The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the top priority NASA project for the exploration of the Universe, in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The mission is at a very advanced stage, being its launch scheduled for October 2021. ESA is responsible for NIRSpec (Near IR Spectrograph), and coordinates the European participation in MIRI (Mid-IR Instrument). Members of research group at the Astrobiology Center (CAB) has led the Spanish contribution to MIRI and NIRSpec since 2000, being one of the only four institutes worldwide involved in two JWST instruments, and with direct access to more than 1000 hours of JWST guaranteed time. This grants Spain a unique opportunity to be an active and key player in the scientific revolution the JWST will accomplish.
The JWST research group consist of four faculty, six postdoctoral research associates and two PhD students. Dr. Luis Colina is one of the European Principal Investigators (PI), and Spanish PI for MIRI while Dr. Santiago Arribas is a member of ESA Science Team for NIRSpec. Dr. Colina and Dr. Arribas coordinate the international teams responsible for a total of 520 hours of JWST to investigate the formation and evolution of galaxies from the early universe (5% its present age) to its present time. These program includes the use of different JWST instruments for deep imaging and spatially resolved spectroscopy. In addition, other faculty members (Dr. Alonso-Herrero and Dr. Pérez-Gonzalez) are coinvestigators in the MIRI low- and high-redshift universe projects, leading the spatially resolved studies of nearby star-forming galaxies and the slitless spectroscopy of cosmological fields, respectively. Research associates are involved in the calibration and software teams while participating in the science teams. Therefore, the JWST CAB group covers all the different scientific and technical aspects to play a leading and significant role in JWST science.
The PhD candidate will be integrated into the JWST group that is investigating the local analogs of star-forming galaxies at cosmological distances. These investigations require the calibration, analysis and interpretation of optical and near-infrared spatially resolved spectroscopy with the ESO Very Large Telescope optical (MUSE-AO), and near- infrared (SINFONI) integral field spectrographs. in (IFS). In addition, the candidate is expected to take part in the simulations of JWST data, and contribute to the subsequent analysis of the MIRI and NIRSpec Early Release Science programs.
We are seeking an excellent and highly motivated candidate willing to pursue a PhD thesis in the field of extragalactic astrophysics with the most advanced ground- and space-based optical and infrared instrumentation. The candidate should hold a Master degree in Physics or Astrophysics. A good command of programming in Python and familiarity with software tools for the analysis of astrophysical data (PyRAF, TOPCAT, ds9, etc) is required. Prior experience (Master Thesis) in the analysis and interpretation of optical or near-infrared spectroscopic data, or previous experience with instrumentation on telescopes will be an added value.
Research Group website: http://auditore.cab.inta-csic.es/galaxias/
Contact: Luis Colina Robledo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Website of the Center for Astrobiology: http://cab.inta-csic.es/es/inicio
More info about the position: https://finder.lacaixafellowships.org/finder
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