31 May 2021 to 25 June 2021

The Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) of the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany, invites applications for the position of a

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

in the field of multi-messenger and neutrino astronomy. The successful candidate will work in the ECAP KM3NET group in the context of the ESCAPE scientific consortium and EOSC-FUTURE Science Projects, which aim to bring together new scientific findings as well as the data and analysis software of a number of major world-class projects in particle and astroparticle physics on a common science platform.

Within ESCAPE, two large “Test Science Projects” (TSPs) will be deployed to demonstrate new cutting-edge science capabilities, in particular those involving cross experiment collaboration and science outcomes and to validate, on behalf of the science communities, the open-science solutions developed within ESCAPE:

  • Dark Matter: to bring together on a common science platform the data and analysis software of collider, direct, and indirect detection experiments involved in ESCAPE;
  • Extreme Universe: to implement a sustainable platform for multi-messenger astronomy, to enable the use of data from telescopes and detectors from across the spectrum, and including Gravitational Waves, neutrinos, and cosmic rays.

The successful candidate is expected to work within both TSPs, providing the KM3NeT instrument response functions for cross-experiment analyses of astrophysical neutrino signals, starting with WIMP dark matter signals and AGN neutrino emission signals. Especially combined searches with gravitational wave detectors and gamma-ray observatories will be established within the EOSC frame.

Activities 

  • Implement a simulation workflow for modelling neutrino fluxes for both TSPs and derive instruments response functions;
  • Contribute to porting a suite of datasets (including phenomenological studies), simulation software packages and KM3NeT analysis tools into the ESCAPE data lake and software catalogue services for open science.

Skills

A PhD in astroparticle physics or neighbouring fields is required.

Desirable competences:

  • Programming: python, C++
  • Experience with data analysis in astroparticle physics or neighbouring fields
  • Expertise in high-energy astrophysics phenomenology, neutrino detector analysis tools and high-performance computing
  • Good command of English, in particular writing, speaking and presentation skills
  • Creativity, autonomy, rigorous work
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good team work skills

FAU strives to promote professional equality for women and men; women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled applicants with essentially identical qualifications will be considered with preference.

The full-time position is open for application until filled, but at least until 25/06/2021. The expected start is 01/10/2021 for a duration of two years. A possible extension depends on the availability of further funds. The contract is expected to be in salary grade TV-L E13. Please contact Kay Graf (kay.graf@fau.de) for further details.

Please send your application, including your CV with publication list, as well as scans of your academic certificates by email to kay.graf@fau.de. Please indicate names of possible referees but do not yet arrange for reference letters to be sent.