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High Energy Physics, Astrophysics & Cosmology

Department or Institution involved

Observational Cosmology

Topic Description
The successful candidate will join the Observational Cosmology group at IFAE Barcelona. The group is involved in the ongoing DES and PAU galaxy surveys, as well as in the upcoming DESI and Euclid projects. Currently, the group is focused on the analysis of the DES data, playing leading roles in weak lensing, large-scale structure, void science and photometric redshift analyses. From late 2016 on, the PAU survey data will become available, providing opportunities for analyses in a variety of topics, including redshift-space distortions and intrinsic galaxy alignments. Opportunities also exist for involvement in the design, production and test of our hardware and software contributions to the DESI and Euclid instruments, as well as for participation in the development of the scientific programs of DESI and Euclid. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in one or more of the above-mentioned projects, and will be encouraged to pursue her/his own research interests.

Project Supervisor & Hosting Group
Prof. Ramon Miquel, Group Leader of the Observational Cosmology Group, IFAE Director
The Observational Cosmology group at IFAE Barcelona currently comprises three senior faculty members, three post-doctoral researchers and four graduate students, as well as a variable number of engineers and technicians. The group is involved in three leading international projects in Observational Cosmology: The Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and Euclid. DES is an international collaboration with over 350 scientists from 30 institutions in 7 countries, led by Fermilab (USA). IFAE designed and built the read-out electronics of the DES camera, DECam, the largest optical astronomical camera in the world. DES is in the process of mapping one eight of the sky, measuring position, redshift and shapes of almost 300 million galaxies. The DESI spectroscopic galaxy and quasar survey is led by LBNL in Berkeley (USA), and has a size and composition similar to DES. IFAE, together with its collaborators in Barcelona and Madrid, is in charge of the design and production of the whole Guiding, Focusing and Alignment (GFA) system of DESI. DES is the foremost imaging galaxy survey of this decade, much as DESI will be the foremost spectroscopic galaxy survey of the next decade. Euclid is an ESA class-M mission, scheduled for launch in 2020. There are more than 1000 scientists from all over Europe involved in Euclid, where IFAE has significant responsibilities in the design and construction of the Filter Wheel Assembly. Furthermore, the IFAE group has led the development of PAUCam, a multi-CCD astronomical camera with 40 narrow-band filters that was installed and commissioned at the William Herschel Telescope in La Palma in 2015. An international collaboration including physicists and astronomers from Spain, UK, the Netherlands, and Switzerland has been created in order to carry out the PAU survey, exploiting the scientific capabilities of PAUCam.

Planned Secondments
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to spend her/his secondments in any number of the partner institutions in the international collaborations mentioned above.

Candidate's Profile 
A PhD is Physics or Astronomy is required. Previous experience in data analysis in large galaxy surveys is desirable, but not necessary. The ability to think independently while being able to collaborate constructively with the other members of the group and with the members of the international collaborations at large is a must.


If you are an eligible candidate interested in applying, please do contact pr.sphere@uab.cat to get you in contact with the Hosting Group.

Department or Institution involved

Physics of the Fundamental Interactions

Topic Description
The work of the theoretical group at IFAE involves three broad lines of research:

a)    Standard Model physics and QCD, mostly working on aspects of QCD and heavy-flavor physics;
b)    Beyond the Standard Model physics, working in close contact with LHC results;
c)    Astro-cosmological implications of particle physics theory.

The Fellow is expected to work in one or several of the research lines listed above in strong collaboration with the members of the theory group. Applicants working in point a) will be given priority.

Project Supervisor & Hosting Group
ICREA Prof. Matthias Jamin, Group Leader of the Standard Model research line of the theory Division

Our Group includes a rich variety of topics and expertises: while the Standard Model  subgroup aims at advancing the foundations of Standard Model predictions and increasing their precision, in order to uncover Beyond Standard Model physics by locating clashes with observations, the Beyond Standard Model subgroup encompasses both model building efforts and phenomenological analyses of experimental and observational results in colliders, astroparticle physics and cosmology.
Our group is one of the largest groups in Europe that works actively and coherently on high energy physics phenomenology, and has proven of high impact in the extraction of the physical implications from recent important experimental results so far.

Members of IFAE and the UAB physics department working in Theoretical Particle Physics include R. Escribano, J.R. Espinosa, M. Jamin, E. Masso, J. Matias, S. Peris, A. Pineda, A. Pomarol, O. Pujolas and M. Quiros, as well as several postdocs.

Further information about the institute can be found at http://www.ifae.es and about the theory group at http://th.ifae.es

Main projects involved:
SEV-2012-0234. Centro de Excelencia “Severo Ochoa”
FPA2014-55613-P. FISICA DE LAS INTERACCIONES FUNDAMENTALES
SGR2014-1450. Grup de Física Teòrica UAB/IFAE
FPA2011-25948.  FISICA DE LAS INTERACCIONES FUNDAMENTALES
FPA2013-43425-P. TEORIAS EFECTIVAS DE LAS INTERACCIONES FUERTES EN CONDICIONES EXTREMAS Y EN QUARKONIO PESADO
FPA2013-44773-P. FENOMENOLOGIA MAS ALLA DEL MODELO ESTANDAR E IMPLICACIONES EXPERIMENTALES Y COSMOLOGICAS EN LA ERA DEL LHC.
FPA2014-57896-C4-2-R. DESAFIOS PRESENTES Y FUTUROS DEL EXPERIMENTO LHCB DEL CERN
FPA2014-61478-EXP. DE LA EVIDENCIA AL DESCUBRIMIENTO DE NUEVA FISICA EN LHC

Planned Secondments
The Fellow will have some allowance to attend conference or visit institutions that may foster his/her research.
 
The theory group hosts a dedicated seminar program, including a weakly seminar program covering all theory topics. Of more general nature, IFAE hosts a series of Physics Colloquium (1 colloquium/ month) which has a clear pedagogical and training purpose. We also have a continuous flow of visiting scientists, intended in part to provide specialized training.
    
Office space and computing support will also be provided.

Candidate's Profile 
A PhD in theoretical physics and a good knowledge of English is required. The candidate is expected to have a strong profile on any of the research lines of the IFAE theory group, especially in point a).


If you are an eligible candidate interested in applying, please do contact pr.sphere@uab.cat to get you in contact with the Hosting Group.