Paris U. VII, APC

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Application deadline:
Contact: Pr. Antoine Kouchner (
Job category: Postdoc/Fellowship
Research field:
Astrophysics, High Energy Physics - Experiment
ID: 2908


A postdoctoral fellowship is available at the “AstroParticle and Cosmology” Laboratory (APC, Paris). The position is funded for a minimum of 2 years (possibly extendable depending on the level of experience of the candidate) by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) Program through CNRS.
   The host laboratory, APC, is an Institute bringing together experimentalists, observers and theoreticians around the major themes in high energy astrophysics, cosmology and neutrino physics. APC has a participation in a large number of experiments in those fields (e.g. ANTARES/KM3NeT, HESS/CTA, JEM-EUSO, Integral, Planck, LSST, Virgo, LISA, Double Chooz, JUNO, DUNE/WA105…)
   The successful candidate will develop her/his research activities in the framework of the ORCA project (Oscillation Research with Cosmics in the Abyss). ORCA is one of the two science projects of the KM3NeT Collaboration, which has started to build the next-generation neutrino Cherenkov telescope in the Mediterranean Sea. The main aim of ORCA is to measure the neutrino mass hierarchy by exploiting matter effects on the oscillation of atmospheric neutrinos that cross the Earth.
   The successful candidate is expected to play a major role in the development of simulation and analysis tools for ORCA. She/he will also have the opportunity to work with the first data of the prototype detector whose lines are being deployed near Toulon, with a significant involvement of the French KM3NeT groups, including APC. A study of the performances of ORCA for low-energy neutrino astrophysics (e.g. supernova detection) can also be envisaged.
  Finally, the candidate is welcome to contribute in the development and exploitation of the Calibration Units (technical responsibility of APC with KM3NeT). The Calibration Units are meant for the monitoring of the detector behavior in terms of collection efficiency, time and energy resolution, etc. Specific tools will also be installed for the long-term monitoring of environmental parameters, thus offering a bridge with Earth and Sea Sciences.
   Applications, together with a detailed curriculum vitae and a list of scientific publications, should be sent to Prof. Antoine Kouchner. Applicants should arrange for at least two emails/letters of reference. The review of applications will be carried out until the position is filled, with a starting date of the contract as early as possible in 2017. 

Main Contact:                                                          
Prof. Antoine Kouchner
Université Paris Diderot –Paris 7
Laboratoire APC
Bâtiment Condorcet
Case 7020
75205 Paris Cedex 13
tel +33 (0)1 57 27 61 56
Other contacts:
Dr. Véronique Van Elewyck
Dr. João Coelho