A 2-year post-doctoral position in cometary science is opened at the Observatory of Paris (LESIA, CNRS, Meudon), beginning in fall 2016.

The successful applicant will analyze infrared spectra of the atmosphere of comet 67P/Churyomov-Gerasimenko obtained with the high-spectral resolution channel of the VIRTIS/Rosetta instrument (Visible Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer) built at the Observatory of Paris. The project will focus on the study of the distributions of H2O and CO2 gases and their variations to understand the processes that control cometary activity. Other topics of interest could be considered.

A PhD in astrophysics is required. The following skills will be considered in the evaluation process of the applicants:

- working knowledge in planetary science and comets

- expertise in reduction of infrared spectroscopic observations

- knowledge in radiative transfer

- previous experience in space missions, in particular Rosetta, is an asset.

Applicants should submit a CV with a publications list, a short review of previous works and statement of research interest. They should arrange for two reference letters. Applications should be sent via email to dominique.bockelee@obspm.fr. The closing date is 25 September 2016. Late applications can be considered, until the position is filled.