The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary centre with more than 70 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.
 
As part of the University of Barcelona, it is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognises, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection.
 
The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2021: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colourful neighbourhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.
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The goal of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility.

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships will be open to excellent researchers of any nationality. The scheme also encourages researchers to work on research and innovation projects in the non-academic sector and is open to researchers wishing to reintegrate in Europe, to those who are displaced by conflict, as well as to researchers with high potential who are seeking to restart their careers in research.

All domains of research and technological development are eligible for funding.


Fellowship types:

There are two types of fellowships:

1. European Postdoctoral Fellowships (EPF)

  • EPF are open to researchers of any nationality who wish to engage in R&I projects by either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving to Europe
  • EPF must last between 12 and 24 months
2. Global Postdoctoral Fellowships (GPF)

  • GPF are open to European nationals or long-term residents who wish to engage in R&I projects with organisations outside European Union and Associated Countries.
  • GPF must last between 24 and 36 months (12-24 outgoing phase and 12 months mandatory return phase in Europe)

For both types:

  • An additional period of up to six months can be awarded to support researchers seeking a placement at the end of the project to work on R&I projects in an organisation from the non-academic sector.
  • Researchers may opt to include a worldwide secondment phase, within the overall duration of their fellowship. The secondment phase cannot exceed one third of the standard fellowship duration (EPF) or the outgoing phase (GPF)


Eligible Researchers

Researches can be of any nationality and must:

  • Be in possession of PhD at the call deadline.
  • A maximum of 8 years full-time research experience after the date of award of the doctoral degree.
  • Not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the recruiting beneficiary (or host organization for GPF) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date.

Financial Support

The salary conditions of a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow is very competitive in relation to the average cost of living in Barcelona. It provides the following entries yearly allocated:

  • Monthly living allowance: 5.080€ per month.
  • Mobility allowance: 600€ per month.
  • Family allowance: 660€ per month.

Application procedure

Your supervisor should be a researcher at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona, please contact him or her and express your interest to join our institute.

The deadline is October 12, 2021 and the results are expected to be public by early 2022.


What can the ICCUB do for you?

The International Research Projects Office at the University of Barcelona offers support to applicants and guidance throughout all this process: eligibility check, info sessions, feedback on the draft proposal and runs a Mentoring programme specifically designed for MSCA applicants (subject to availability).

Please contact us at your earliest convenience if you are planning on applying.


About us

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary centre with more than 70 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

As part of the University of Barcelona, it is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognizes, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection.

The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2021: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colourful neighbourhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.


More information

“La Caixa” Foundation is launching a postdoctoral fellowships program in which candidates will be able to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu excellence award, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos IIII and units evaluated as excellent by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia of Portugal.

Description of our Institute:

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) is an interdisciplinary center devoted to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics. In addition, the Institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics. Moreover, the institute is an interdisciplinary centre with more than 70 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment.

The ICCUB has been awarded the Maria de Maeztu distinction which recognizes our leadership and research impact. Our main lines of research, as well as the associated faculty members, can be found here: http://icc.ub.edu/research/research_areas

The ICCUB is concerned about the under representation of women, as well as other underrepresented minorities in the fields of sciences of the cosmos, and therefore strongly encourages their application.

The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2021: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colourful neighbourhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.


Junior Leader Fellowships Programme Description:

The Postdoctoral Junior Leader fellowships programme is aimed at hiring excellent researchers, of any nationality, who wish to continue their research career in Spain or Portugal in the STEM area (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The objectives of this programme are to foster high-quality, innovative research in Spain and Portugal and to support the best scientific talent by providing them with an attractive, competitive environment in which to conduct excellent research.

The Postdoctoral Junior Leader fellowships programme is divided into two different frames, to conduct your research project at the Institute you must apply to the Incoming programme:

  • Postdoctorate Junior Leader – Incoming: 25 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities. They will be offered a three-year employment contract to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu excellence award, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos IIII and units evaluated as excellent by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia of Portugal.
    For Spanish institutions, candidates must have resided in Spain less than 12 months in the last three years while for Portuguese institutions, candidates must have resided in Portugal less than 12 months in the last three years.

Requirements:

Researchers of any nationality are eligible for the Postdoctoral Junior Leader fellowships programme. In order to get accepted, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Experience: They should have earned their doctoral degree two to seven years prior to the deadline of the call for applications. The date of the doctoral thesis defence will be understood as the date when the doctoral degree was obtained. In the cases of interruption of the research activity between the date of obtaining the doctoral degree and the call deadline, the candidate may request an extension of the period in which the doctoral degree must have been obtained.

  • Geographic mobility:
    For candidates applying to Spanish centres or units: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately preceding the closing date of the call. Short stays, such as holidays, will not be taken into account.

    For candidates applying to Portuguese units: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Portugal for more than twelve months in the three years immediately preceding the closing date of the call. Short stays, such as holidays, will not be taken into account.

    Special mobility condition could apply for the in the cases of interruption of the research activity or researchers who have spent time in the procedure for obtaining the refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.


Application: ”la Caixa” fellowship application website

The ICCUB announces two predoctoral research contracts with a maximum duration of 6 months.

The contracts are directed to students who have completed their master and have the intention of starting a PhD thesis at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences and will be applying for PhD fellowships at the Institute.

Candidates can have any nationality and may have obtained their master at any institution, but should be planning to do their doctorate at the University of Barcelona.


Students who reside outside the European Union, please state so when emailing the Secretary of the ICCUB, so we can give you further information on how to obtain the necessary documentation for the contract.

Candidates should send their Curriculum Vitae, a letter of recommendation from the potential thesis advisor at the UB, a research plan for their doctoral thesis, and a plan for the fellowships they have applied and
plan to apply for, to secretaria@icc.ub.edu. The deadline for applications is September 15th 2021. Contracts are planned to start on November 1st.


The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.


If you have any doubts regarding the necessary documentation or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Objective: To make Spanish public universities attractive to teaching and research staff with accumulated postdoctoral careers in foreign universities or research centers.

These grants may last for one or two full years, and may be scheduled to start between January 1st and April 1st, 2022.


Conditions:

The amount of aid is 4,000 gross euros per month. In addition, a single payment of 3,500 gross euros is made as a transfer fee.


Requirements:

- 24 months of accredited postdoctoral experience which must be done in a different center from where the doctoral thesis was defended.

- The applicant must be a teaching and research staff with a doctorate, and at the time of submitting the application be developing a research project and/or teaching at a university, research center, or organization located outside Spain. The applicant must also reside in the country where the university or center of origin is located.


Documentation:

- CV, abbreviated curriculum

- Accreditation of the postdoctoral trajectory, Annex 7

- Document of acceptance of the stay, Annex 8

- Report justifying the applicant's suitability for the research and knowledge transfer needs of the recipient group and their expected impact, Annex 9


Submission of the application:

Through this website before July 30th.


Evaluation criteria:

a) Abbreviated curriculum vitae of the applicant (up to 50 points)

b) Scientific and technical history of the receiving group or groups (up to 30 points). Collaborations of the receiving group with the University of Barcelona are taken into account.

c) Supporting reports (up to 20 points)

The applicant must score at least 80 points to pass the assessment.

Objective: To train young doctors in Spanish public universities, foreign universities or research centers, or in Spanish public research organisms by means of subsidizing them for two continuous years.

These grants have a full duration of two years, and may be scheduled to start between January 1st and April 1st, 2022.

The second year must be developed at the University of Barcelona or at a Spanish university of the applicant’s choice, even if the doctorate has been obtained.


Conditions:

The aid amounts to 3,500 gross euros per month for stays abroad and 2,800 gross euros per month for stays in Spain, including the last year. In addition, a single payment of 3,500 gross euros is made as a transfer fee.


Requirements:

- You must have obtained the title of doctor at the University of Barcelona within a maximum of two years prior to the closing date for the submission of applications (July 30). This period is extended when certain circumstances arise, please consult the rules of the call.

-People who request to do part or all of their stay at the UB can apply to the UB as long as they meet the other requirements.

- Apply for incorporation to carry out a continuous stay for two years in a Spanish public university, or during the first year in foreign universities or research centers or in Spanish public research organizations. In all cases, they must be different from those in which the pre-doctoral training was taken and the doctorate was obtained.


Documentation:

- CV, abbreviated curriculum

- Copy of the doctorate degree, except if issued by the UB.

- Scientific and technical history of the receiving group, stating the group's collaborations with the University of Barcelona and the report justifying the impact on the progress of the applicant's teaching and research career, Annex 2. This must be done both for the host group of the university or research center in which the stay will take place in the first year, and for the host center for the last year.

- Document of acceptance of the formative stay of the receiving group 1, and if applicable of the receiving group 2. Annex 3 and Annex 4.


Submission of the application:

Through this website before July 30th.


Evaluation criteria:

a) Abbreviated curriculum vitae of the applicant (up to 50 points)

b) Scientific and technical history of the receiving group or groups (up to 30 points). Collaborations of the receiving group with the University of Barcelona are taken into account.

c) Supporting reports (up to 20 points)

The applicant must score at least 80 points to pass the assessment.


All the information regarding this call can be found here.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is offering 10 PhD grants for students who have taken a masters in astrophysics or high energy particle Physics. We strongly encourage women and minority communities to apply.


Deadline: 28/07/2021

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT "la Caixa" is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers - of any nationality - who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by "la Caixa" Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona is a research centre accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence María de Maeztu in 2020, the perfect place to carry out your PhD project through an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship.


Research project:

The detection of gravitational waves (GWs) has opened a new window in our understanding of the Universe. The vast majority of the GW detections by the Advanced LIGO-Virgo interferometers are binary black holes (BBHs) with stellar masses (< 100 solar masses). The origin of these BBHs is an open question: they may have a cosmological origin and be part of the dark matter in the universe. Alternatively, they have an astrophysical origin and formed from binary/triple massive stars, or in dynamical interactions in dense stellar systems such as star clusters (SCs).

Several studies have shown that dynamically formed BBH mergers in SCs might be the dominant contribution to BBH mergers in the Universe. The BBH merger rate and binary properties in this scenario depend sensitively on the initial properties of SCs that formed between now and more than 10 Gyr ago. This opens the possibility to constrain star and star cluster formation at high redshift byGWs. To achieve this, we need independent constraints on the formation of star clusters from star formation theory as well as the present-day properties ofSCs.

The staff at ICCUB works on comprehensive, multi-physics and multi-scale computational models of the long-term evolution of stars and BHs in star clusters (Prof MarkGieles) and star (cluster) formation (Prof Paolo Padoan). The student will also benefit from interactions with members of the ICCUB cosmology group led by ProfLicia Verde and the ICCUB Galactic dynamics group led by Prof Carme Jordi. The student will have access to large supercomputing allocations through the European PRACE program and local special-purpose hardware (Graphics ProcessingUnits, GPUs), to carry out state-of-the-art astrophysical simulations. The ICCUB is a full member of the Virgo collaboration and actively involved in Gaia and Weave, such that you will work on the forefront of computational astrophysics, GWs and Milky Way research.


Job position description:

The presence of BHs in SCs has consequences for the observed density profile, kinematics and escape rate of stars. The present-day properties of SCs and their stellar streams can therefore be used to constrain the demographics of BHs in SC today. In particular, the student will exploit the wealth of kinematics provided by the Gaia space telescope and related surveys such as Weave to study the properties of both dissolved and surviving SCs with the help of dynamical models for the evolution of SCs with BHs as well as mass models of the present-day mass distribution of SCs with BHs. These models are fast enough to be used in Bayesian inference techniques to derive constraints on the initial masses and densities of observed SCs in the Milky Way, as well as their evolution and resulting BBH mergers.

The student has the option to get involved in multi-physics and multi-scale simulations of star cluster formation, to obtain independent constraints on SC formation from star formation theory.

The results for the Milky Way SC population are extrapolated to compute the BBH merger rates of all SCs in the Universe across cosmic time. The predictions include merger rate as a function of redshift, BH mass, mass ratio and the distribution of orbital eccentricities. These will be compared to GW data of BBH mergers in the ongoing LIGOVirgo (and soon Kagra) observing runs, to provide tight constraints on the fraction of all BBH mergers that originate from the dynamical channel and use GWs to constrain star and SC formation both in the present and in the early Universe!

More information:

Website of Prof Mark Gieles

Website of Prof Paolo Padoan

Website of ICC

Paper discussing the contribution of BBH mergers from star clusters

Paper describing a fast model for the evolution of star clusters and resulting BBH merger

Paper on supermassive star formation in globular clusters


Employment conditions

The maximum total payment amount will be €122,592, as broken down below:

- Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow.

- €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc.

The ”laCaixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid in the fourth year, should the fellow be able to deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.

In addition to financial support, the fellowship includes a training programme on transversal skills, which has been specially designed by leading international institutions in the sector.

This programme includes aspects such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.

Three sessions will be held: at the start of the fellowship, during the second year, and during the third year. Each session will last between 3 and 5 days, and attendance is mandatory for all fellows. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will coverall costs for these sessions, as well as the fellows’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information on the employment conditions, please refer to this document.


Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

the institute of Cosmos Sciences has 50 professors, 10 ICREA professors, 37postdocs, 23 technicians and 61 PhD students. Postdoctoral staff at the ICCUBis largely international, above 60%.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

The institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.


Requirements:

In order to be accepted, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Studies pursued: At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

- To have completed the studies that lead to an official university degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

- To have completed a degree in a university not adapted to the European Higher EducationArea that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

  • Level of English: Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

For more information on the candidates' requirements, please refer to this document.

All applications must be submitted online through the following link. For more information on the application procedure, please refer to this document.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org.


Deadline: Please submit your applications by February 4th 2021.


Selection process:

The process is comprised of three parts:

  • Eligibility screening: all applications received are screened and applications that do not fulfil the criteria published in the call for applications rules are rejected.

  • Remote evaluation (preselection): each of the eligible applications is sent to evaluation panel made up of two or three professors or researchers with broad experience in the discipline of the application and an extensive list of publications and/or contributions within this field. The application that receives the highest scores from each panel will pass to the next stage. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify candidates whether they have been shortlisted or not by e-mail on 22 April 2021.

  • Final evaluation (selection): candidates whose applications have passed the shortlisting stage will be called in for an interview before a multidisciplinary committee comprised of professors and researchers with extensive experience in selection processes by peer review. The interviews will be held in Barcelona on 25, 26 and 27 May 2021. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify interviewed candidates of the outcome of the process by e-mail on 7 June 2021.

The rating criteria that govern the selection process can be found in the Evaluation of applications section of the ”la Caixa” Fellowship Programme website.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to this document.

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona is a research centre accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence María de Maeztu in 2020, the perfect place to carry out your PhD project through an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship.


Research project:

Supervised machine-learning is emerging as a potentially disruptive technique to accurately predict the properties of complex quantum systems. It has already allowed researchers to drastically speed-up various important computational tasks in quantum chemistry and in condensed-matter physics [1,2], including: molecular dynamics simulations, electronic structure calculations, structure-based molecular design, and protein-molecule binding-affinity predictions. The deep neural networks represent the most powerful and versatile statistical model.

Training them without over-fitting requires extremely copious datasets, often comprising hundreds of thousands of training instances. A possible approach is to adopt a transfer-learning strategy, as often done in the field of image analysis. In the case of quantum systems, transfer learning can be implemented by scaling to larger sizes neural networks that have been trained on smaller – therefore, computationally tractable – systems. A statistical model including particle number as an explicit system descriptor was recently investigated by our group in collaboration with Dr. S. Pilati (U. Camerino) [3].

The project will consist in devising proper artificial neural networks to describe interacting few-body systems which are nowadays produced in ultracold atomic gases experiments around the world [4]. In particular, we aim at having a proper model which uses as descriptors the confining potential, the particle number and the interaction strength for contact interacting bosons. We will generalize our model to dipolar interatomic interactions [5], which are long range and anisotropic.

[1] G. Carleo et al, Rev. Mod. Phys. 91, 045002 (2019)

[2] J. Carrasquilla, Adv. Phys.-X 5, 1797528 (2020)

[3] P. Mujal, A. Martínez Miguel, A. Polls, B. Juliá-Díaz, S. Pilati, arXiv:2010.03875 (2020)

[4] AN Wenz et al, Science 342, 457 (2013)

[5] A. Gallemí, M. Guilleumas, R. Mayol, A. Sanpera, Phys. Rev. A 88, 063645 (2013)


Job position description:

The main objectives of this work are:

  1. Learn and apply the Machine Learning techniques to a few-body quantum system; train and adapt the available codes and improve them to our particular system.
  2. Generalize the neural network to more sophisticated interatomic interactions, such as the dipolar one, which in contrast to the usual contact interactions, is long range and anisotropic.
  3. Apply the sophisticated code to related many-body systems, for instance, large ultracold atomic samples, or nuclear and astronuclear systems.

The fellow will join the Quantum Technologies area of the ICCUB and will participate actively in our Quantum Technologies meetings and seminars. The fellow will pursue possible synergies in the Institute exploring the application of Machine Learning in other areas such as Nuclear and Astronuclear Physics. We will seek collaboration with experts in theoretical nuclear and astronuclear physics such as Dr. Arnau Rios. The student will join our network of international collaborators.

During the PhD period the student will participate in Schools and Workshops to strengthen his/her background, and he/she will be encouraged to present the results of the research at international conferences. The fellow is expected to learn: i) Performing theoretical and computational high-quality research; ii) Participating in the preparation of manuscripts for publication and of presentations at scientific conferences.

The PhD thesis will be co-supervised by two members of the Quantum Technologies group, Dr. Bruno Juliá and Dr. Montserrat Guilleumas, to profit from the different backgrounds and approaches used in this area. This will strengthen and broaden the formation of the fellow.


More information:

The page contains the current research in quantum technologies and related areas carried out at the ICCUB.

Web page of the group leader: Prof. Bruno Julià


Employment conditions

The maximum total payment amount will be €122,592, as broken down below:

- Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow.

- €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc.

The ”laCaixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid in the fourth year, should the fellow be able to deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.

In addition to financial support, the fellowship includes a training programme on transversal skills, which has been specially designed by leading international institutions in the sector.

This programme includes aspects such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.

Three sessions will be held: at the start of the fellowship, during the second year, and during the third year. Each session will last between 3 and 5 days, and attendance is mandatory for all fellows. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will coverall costs for these sessions, as well as the fellows’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information on the employment conditions, please refer to this document.

Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

the institute of Cosmos Sciences has 50 professors, 10 ICREA professors, 37postdocs, 23 technicians and 61 PhD students. Postdoctoral staff at the ICCUBis largely international, above 60%.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

The institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.


Requirements:

In order to be accepted, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Studies pursued: At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

- To have completed the studies that lead to an official university degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

- To have completed a degree in a university not adapted to the European Higher EducationArea that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

  • Level of English: Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

For more information on the candidates' requirements, please refer to this document.

All applications must be submitted online through the following link. For more information on the application procedure, please refer to this document.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org.


Deadline: Please submit your applications by February 4th 2021.


Selection process:

The process is comprised of three parts:

  • Eligibility screening: all applications received are screened and applications that do not fulfil the criteria published in the call for applications rules are rejected.

  • Remote evaluation (preselection): each of the eligible applications is sent to evaluation panel made up of two or three professors or researchers with broad experience in the discipline of the application and an extensive list of publications and/or contributions within this field. The application that receives the highest scores from each panel will pass to the next stage. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify candidates whether they have been shortlisted or not by e-mail on 22 April 2021.

  • Final evaluation (selection): candidates whose applications have passed the shortlisting stage will be called in for an interview before a multidisciplinary committee comprised of professors and researchers with extensive experience in selection processes by peer review. The interviews will be held in Barcelona on 25, 26 and 27 May 2021. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify interviewed candidates of the outcome of the process by e-mail on 7 June 2021.

The rating criteria that govern the selection process can be found in the Evaluation of applications section of the ”la Caixa” Fellowship Programme website.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to this document.

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona is a research centre accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence María de Maeztu in 2020, the perfect place to carry out your PhD project through an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship.


Research project:

Cosmology has now a standard model -the so called LCDM model- which, with only a handful of parameters, can describe the evolution Universe over the past 13.7 Gyrs. The LCDM model has many deep connections with fundamental physics issues (particle physics, high-energy physics, gravitation etc.). While the numerical values of the model’s parameters are determined with unprecedented precision, we still have limited insights on the physical meaning of some of these parameters values. This model leaves many unanswered questions such as: what is dark energy? what is the origin of primordial perturbations? are there indications for deviations for the model which may indicate our lack of understanding of the Universe?

Our main research interest is making the connection between cosmological observations and the physics behind the standard cosmological model, hoping to shed some light on the “open questions” in cosmology.

You will join the Physical Cosmology research group, and you will have the opportunity to get involved, under the wings of the group members, with the analysis and interpretation of the state-of-the-art galaxy redshift survey DESI (https://www.desi.lbl.gov). DESI is a truly global collaboration involving institutions and researchers from all around the world. You will be able to join the collaboration working groups that you find most suitable and interesting.


Job position description:

A PhD teaches you to do research and become a scientist. This is achieved by carrying out a research project, which is then presented in a thesis.

A good PhD student is expected to produce such a thesis, which is an original piece of work (roughly equivalent to three published peer-reviewed articles), by the end of the PhD, and to be able to present the work and defend it in front of a thesis committee. The PhD program is a guided path towards research independence. While at the beginning, the student is being closely supervised by a senior group member, by the end of the program the student is expected to collaborate with the group members as a peer. As part of the PhD, besides carrying out to completion your research project, you can expect to read articles, discuss them, participate to group meetings and seminars, conferences and workshops, present your work or interesting articles you might have read, and contribute to the intellectual life of the group. You can expect to travel to scientific visits and conferences (pandemic situation permitting). You are expected to take responsibility of your research project, and report on your work progress (or difficulties you might encounter and plans to overcome them) at least weekly to your advisor.

Requirements: physics of astronomy degree (or related disciplines), knowledge of cosmology.

Welcome plus: Statistics, computer literacy.

Important skills to have include: coding and programming, speaking, reading and writing in English, independence, effective communication, critical and creative thinking. Teamwork as well as domain knowledge (physics, astronomy, cosmology).

More information:

PI presentation: Prof. Licia Verde

Home page of the group leader

Page of the research group


Employment conditions

The maximum total payment amount will be €122,592, as broken down below:

- Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow.

- €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc.

The ”laCaixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid in the fourth year, should the fellow be able to deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.

In addition to financial support, the fellowship includes a training programme on transversal skills, which has been specially designed by leading international institutions in the sector.

This programme includes aspects such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.

Three sessions will be held: at the start of the fellowship, during the second year, and during the third year. Each session will last between 3 and 5 days, and attendance is mandatory for all fellows. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will coverall costs for these sessions, as well as the fellows’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information on the employment conditions, please refer to this document.


Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

the institute of Cosmos Sciences has 50 professors, 10 ICREA professors, 37postdocs, 23 technicians and 61 PhD students. Postdoctoral staff at the ICCUBis largely international, above 60%.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

The institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.


Requirements:

In order to be accepted, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Studies pursued: At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

- To have completed the studies that lead to an official university degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

- To have completed a degree in a university not adapted to the European Higher EducationArea that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

  • Level of English: Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

For more information on the candidates' requirements, please refer to this document.

All applications must be submitted online through the following link. For more information on the application procedure, please refer to this document.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org.


Deadline: Please submit your applications by February 4th 2021.


Selection process:

The process is comprised of three parts:

  • Eligibility screening: all applications received are screened and applications that do not fulfil the criteria published in the call for applications rules are rejected.

  • Remote evaluation (preselection): each of the eligible applications is sent to evaluation panel made up of two or three professors or researchers with broad experience in the discipline of the application and an extensive list of publications and/or contributions within this field. The application that receives the highest scores from each panel will pass to the next stage. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify candidates whether they have been shortlisted or not by e-mail on 22 April 2021.

  • Final evaluation (selection): candidates whose applications have passed the shortlisting stage will be called in for an interview before a multidisciplinary committee comprised of professors and researchers with extensive experience in selection processes by peer review. The interviews will be held in Barcelona on 25, 26 and 27 May 2021. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify interviewed candidates of the outcome of the process by e-mail on 7 June 2021.

The rating criteria that govern the selection process can be found in the Evaluation of applications section of the ”la Caixa” Fellowship Programme website.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to this document.

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona is a research centre accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence María de Maeztu in 2020, the perfect place to carry out your PhD project through an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship.


Research project:

Quantum many-body systems. They are made by thousands of constituents that, when strongly interacting, give rise to a plethora of exotic phenomena, from confinement in QCD to high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates. We still struggle to understand them but at equilibrium, some progress has been made by using numerical simulations based on Tensor Networks. Our group has pioneered the use of these tools.


Out of equilibrium. The out-of-equilibrium dynamics of many-body quantum systems cannot be solved from first principles. As a consequence, we only have a conjectural understanding, of major physical phenomena, such as, the formation of the quark gluon plasma in heavy ions collision at high-energies, or the appearance of transient superconducting states in materials irradiated by femto-second laser pulses at room temperature.


Quantum technologies, out-of-equilibrium processes. They are based on highly sophisticated out-of-equilibrium processes that transform easy to prepare initial states of many-body quantum systems into strongly correlated states. Those are useful for specific tasks, e.g computation or sensing. In order to design better quantum technologies we need to improve our capabilities to simulate out-equilibrium phenomena.

Research objectives. At ICCUB we develop new tensor networks algorithms allowing us to better describe the out-of-equilibrium dynamics of quantum systems. We deploy the new algorithms and describe processes relevant to the current experiments with ultra-cold atoms, trapped ions, superconducting qubits, and exotic quantum materials. Examples include 1D gauge theories where we currently investigate the presence/lack of thermalization after quenches and the out-of-equilibrium dynamics close to dynamical quantum phase transitions. All these are examples of our research activities aiming at supporting the design and benchmark of improved quantum technologies for the second quantum revolution.


Job position description:

The PhD student will work on

  1. Benchmark the new tensor-network algorithms we have recently developed. The algorithm describes the evolution of local operators after a quench for 1D and 2D systems and thus can be used to tackle the presence/absence of thermalization in those systems and thus reconcile statistical physics with quantum mechanics ( Phys. Rev. B 99, 235115
  2. Deploy the new algorithms in quenches in cold-atomic and trapped-ions systems relevant to the experiments (see our recent Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 180602 ) aiming to engineer strongly correlated non-equilibrium states relevant to quantum technologies (e.g. quantum memories)
  3. Characterize the emerging universality we have recently observed at dynamical quantum phase transitions (see our recent Phys. Rev. B 101, 241107(R) ) and try to formulate a renormalization group approach for these transitions aiming at a new analytical framework for the out-of-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems
  4. Generalize our algorithms to advanced tensor network structures. Despite their complexity they seem to provide a unique possibility to describe the out-of-equilibrium evolution of the full wave function of strongly correlated many-body quantum systems.

We will pursue synergies within the Institute by exploring alternative descriptions of the out-of-equilibrium processes in terms of field theories and their holographic descriptions. The student will collaborate with the Post Docs in the group and join our network of international collaborators, including the European Tensor Network, and the QTFLAG network we belong to and researchers from ICFO, SISSA IFF and IFT we collaborate with. During the PhD the fellow is expected to learn to

  • Perform theoretical and computational high-quality research
  • Develop, implementing and maintaining scientific software in large collaborations
  • Participate in the preparation of manuscripts for publication and of presentations at scientific conferences;


More information:

GroupLeader: Prof. Luca Tagliacozzo

Personal page at the ICCUB


Employment conditions

The maximum total payment amount will be €122,592, as broken down below:

- Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow.

- €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc.

The ”laCaixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid in the fourth year, should the fellow be able to deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.

In addition to financial support, the fellowship includes a training programme on transversal skills, which has been specially designed by leading international institutions in the sector.

This programme includes aspects such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.

Three sessions will be held: at the start of the fellowship, during the second year, and during the third year. Each session will last between 3 and 5 days, and attendance is mandatory for all fellows. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will coverall costs for these sessions, as well as the fellows’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information on the employment conditions, please refer to this document.


Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

the institute of Cosmos Sciences has 50 professors, 10 ICREA professors, 37postdocs, 23 technicians and 61 PhD students. Postdoctoral staff at the ICCUBis largely international, above 60%.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

The institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.


Requirements:

In order to be accepted, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Studies pursued: At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

- To have completed the studies that lead to an official university degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

- To have completed a degree in a university not adapted to the European Higher EducationArea that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

  • Level of English: Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

For more information on the candidates' requirements, please refer to this document.

All applications must be submitted online through the following link. For more information on the application procedure, please refer to this document.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org.


Deadline: Please submit your applications by February 4th 2021.


Selection process:

The process is comprised of three parts:

  • Eligibility screening: all applications received are screened and applications that do not fulfil the criteria published in the call for applications rules are rejected.

  • Remote evaluation (preselection): each of the eligible applications is sent to evaluation panel made up of two or three professors or researchers with broad experience in the discipline of the application and an extensive list of publications and/or contributions within this field. The application that receives the highest scores from each panel will pass to the next stage. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify candidates whether they have been shortlisted or not by e-mail on 22 April 2021.

  • Final evaluation (selection): candidates whose applications have passed the shortlisting stage will be called in for an interview before a multidisciplinary committee comprised of professors and researchers with extensive experience in selection processes by peer review. The interviews will be held in Barcelona on 25, 26 and 27 May 2021. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify interviewed candidates of the outcome of the process by e-mail on 7 June 2021.

The rating criteria that govern the selection process can be found in the Evaluation of applications section of the ”la Caixa” Fellowship Programme website.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to this document.

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona is a research centre accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence María de Maeztu in 2020, the perfect place to carry out your PhD project through an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship.


Research project:

The investigation of black hole collisions and mergers, and more generally the study of black hole dynamics, although one of the most important problems in gravitational theory, is a notoriously difficult subject due to the complexities of Einstein’s equations. However, in recent years our group at ICCUB has developed novel approaches, based on an expansion in the inverse of the number of dimensions, that are proving to be surprisingly effective and which allow much simpler and faster solutions without requiring sophisticated numerical calculations. In this project we will explore: (i) how these methods allow to describe the final plunge, merger, and relaxation in a binary black hole collision; (ii) the possibility of extracting the gravitational wave signal from these phases; (iii) whether the effective theory can clarify the approach to the formation of naked singularities that are expected to occur in certain unstable black holes; (iv) find an analytic description of critical collapse in the 1/D expansion; (v) analyze what these violations of cosmic censorship imply for the observability of quantum-gravitational effects in black hole collapse and collisions; (vi) potential implications of the violations for the holographic AdS/CFT correspondence of quantum gravity.


Job position description:

The work to be done is theoretical, and mostly analytical, possibly aided by numerical calculations but not going beyond modest computational resources (with desktop/laptop computers). The PhD student will follow an initial period of in-depth formation in gravitation, ranging from the classical theory of black holes to more advanced topics such as quantum effects and quantum gravity within the AdS/CFT correspondence. Alongside this initial training, the student will begin to get immersed in the specific research topic of the effective theory of black hole dynamics. Collaboration with other group members, in particular postdocs, will be encouraged.

More information:

Group Leader: Prof. Roberto Emparan

Webpage of Group Leader at ICCUB

Website of ICC


Employment conditions

The maximum total payment amount will be €122,592, as broken down below:

- Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow.

- €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc.

The ”laCaixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid in the fourth year, should the fellow be able to deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.

In addition to financial support, the fellowship includes a training programme on transversal skills, which has been specially designed by leading international institutions in the sector.

This programme includes aspects such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.

Three sessions will be held: at the start of the fellowship, during the second year, and during the third year. Each session will last between 3 and 5 days, and attendance is mandatory for all fellows. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will coverall costs for these sessions, as well as the fellows’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information on the employment conditions, please refer to this document.


Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

the institute of Cosmos Sciences has 50 professors, 10 ICREA professors, 37postdocs, 23 technicians and 61 PhD students. Postdoctoral staff at the ICCUBis largely international, above 60%.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

The institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.


Requirements:

In order to be accepted, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Studies pursued: At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

- To have completed the studies that lead to an official university degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

- To have completed a degree in a university not adapted to the European Higher EducationArea that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

  • Level of English: Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

For more information on the candidates' requirements, please refer to this document.

All applications must be submitted online through the following link. For more information on the application procedure, please refer to this document.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org.


Deadline: Please submit your applications by February 4th 2021.


Selection process:

The process is comprised of three parts:

  • Eligibility screening: all applications received are screened and applications that do not fulfil the criteria published in the call for applications rules are rejected.

  • Remote evaluation (preselection): each of the eligible applications is sent to evaluation panel made up of two or three professors or researchers with broad experience in the discipline of the application and an extensive list of publications and/or contributions within this field. The application that receives the highest scores from each panel will pass to the next stage. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify candidates whether they have been shortlisted or not by e-mail on 22 April 2021.

  • Final evaluation (selection): candidates whose applications have passed the shortlisting stage will be called in for an interview before a multidisciplinary committee comprised of professors and researchers with extensive experience in selection processes by peer review. The interviews will be held in Barcelona on 25, 26 and 27 May 2021. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify interviewed candidates of the outcome of the process by e-mail on 7 June 2021.

The rating criteria that govern the selection process can be found in the Evaluation of applications section of the ”la Caixa” Fellowship Programme website.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to this document.

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona is a research centre accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence María de Maeztu in 2020, the perfect place to carry out your PhD project through an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship.

Research Project:

In the last two decades neutrinos have provided us with the only unambiguous evidence of physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. The enomenon known as neutrino oscillations is today well established and well understood with two oscillation frequency scales given by two mass differences.

The effort to determine the neutrino masses carried by many oscillation experiments have produced a large amount of data in different energy ranges and with neutrinos originated both in natural and artificial sources.

Furthermore due to their very weak interactions, neutrinos have been also proposed as mediators to observe and study extreme high energy astrophysical phenomena. This effort culminated recently with the first observation of an ultra high energy astrophysical neutrino flux by IceCube, the first neutrino telescope.

Neutrinos also play a unique role in the evolution of the Universe and therefore their properties and interactions can leave identifiable imprints in the cosmological observations.

All this makes neutrino results from laboratory experiments, as well as from astrophysical and cosmological observations a great phenomenological environment to test extensions of the Standard Model of particle interactions.

The project will consist in such exploration of new physics from a phenomenological perspective in the context of the current and near future neutrino experiments and astrophysical and cosmological observations. A special focus will be made on the potential of the very high energy neutrino data provided by the current and future neutrino telescopes suchAntares, IceCube, IceCube Gen2, or KM3net.

This project will be done in the research group at ICC-UB with Prof. Maria ConcepcionGonzalez Garcia and Dr Jordi SalvadoSerra. The group is leader in interpretation of neutrino experimental results in terms of physics beyond the standard model and founding members of the nu-fit collaboration http://www.nu-fit.org/


Job position description

The job is a PhD position to study new physics phenomenology with results from laboratory experiments, astrophysics and cosmology. The project will involve analysing data, and understanding and developing the theory needed to study the new physics implications.

Candidates need to have a master degree in physics, basic knowledge of particle physics,programming, and knowledge of the basic tools for data analysis.

The expected achievements would be:

  • Produce valuable scientific results to be published in peer reviewed journals
  • Present the research results in conferences, workshops and seminars.
  • Learn the tools and theoretical knowledge to research in the field of particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.
  • Participate in journal clubs, seminars, and lead discussions with the members of the group.

More information:

GroupLeader: Prof. M. Concepción GonzálezGarcía

Research project website


Employment conditions

The maximum total payment amount will be €122,592, as broken down below:

- Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow.

- €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc.

The ”laCaixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid in the fourth year, should the fellow be able to deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.

In addition to financial support, the fellowship includes a training programme on transversal skills, which has been specially designed by leading international institutions in the sector.

This programme includes aspects such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.

Three sessions will be held: at the start of the fellowship, during the second year, and during the third year. Each session will last between 3 and 5 days, and attendance is mandatory for all fellows. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will coverall costs for these sessions, as well as the fellows’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information on the employment conditions, please refer to this document.


Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

the institute of Cosmos Sciences has 50 professors, 10 ICREA professors, 37postdocs, 23 technicians and 61 PhD students. Postdoctoral staff at the ICCUBis largely international, above 60%.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

The institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.


Requirements:

In order to be accepted, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Studies pursued: At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

- To have completed the studies that lead to an official university degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

- To have completed a degree in a university not adapted to the European Higher EducationArea that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

  • Level of English: Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

For more information on the candidates' requirements, please refer to this document.

All applications must be submitted online through the following link. For more information on the application procedure, please refer to this document.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org.


Deadline: Please submit your applications by February 4th 2021.


Selection process:

The process is comprised of three parts:

  • Eligibility screening: all applications received are screened and applications that do not fulfil the criteria published in the call for applications rules are rejected.

  • Remote evaluation (preselection): each of the eligible applications is sent to evaluation panel made up of two or three professors or researchers with broad experience in the discipline of the application and an extensive list of publications and/or contributions within this field. The application that receives the highest scores from each panel will pass to the next stage. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify candidates whether they have been shortlisted or not by e-mail on 22 April 2021.

  • Final evaluation (selection): candidates whose applications have passed the shortlisting stage will be called in for an interview before a multidisciplinary committee comprised of professors and researchers with extensive experience in selection processes by peer review. The interviews will be held in Barcelona on 25, 26 and 27 May 2021. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify interviewed candidates of the outcome of the process by e-mail on 7 June 2021.

The rating criteria that govern the selection process can be found in the Evaluation of applications section of the ”la Caixa” Fellowship Programme website.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to this document.

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona is a research centre accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence María de Maeztu in 2020, the perfect place to carry out your PhD project through an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship.


Research project:

A fundamental question in modern cosmology is the nature of dark matter. The ColdDark Matter model, where dark matter has no initial velocity dispersion and collapsed gravitationally from Gaussian adiabatic fluctuations, is so far consistent with available observations. The large number of proper motions, radial velocities and distance estimates obtained recently in the Local Group of galaxies, mostly through the Gaia mission (see e.g., A&A 616 A12), various spectroscopic surveys and HST measurements, is an unprecedented opportunity to study the detailed orbital evolution of the Local Group from cosmological initial conditions.

This project involves developing an innovative method to analyze the dynamical evolution of the Local Group galaxies, globular clusters and stellar streams, using these rapidly growing data sets to constrain the initial cosmological conditions that led to the present configuration. The Cold Dark Matter cosmology dictates that initial conditions of small density perturbations must have peculiar velocities governed by the growing mode with no primordial velocity dispersion in the dark matter, a constraint that must be checked against observational data. This can be done in the Local Group by reconstructing orbital histories with complete3-dimensional data. The aim is to develop a method to fit a global model of the dark matter distribution to all the available data on dwarf galaxies, globular clusters and their stellar streams. In particular, a dynamical model of the recent evolution of the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds is needed, focusing on large scales where complex baryonic effects are less important.


Job position description:

The student will benefit from interacting with the group of ICCUB researchers working on the dynamics of the Milky Way and Local Group using Gaia data, who have a long and broad experience participating in the Gaia mission. There is also a wide team of researchers working on large-scale structure and observational cosmology, and the use of N-body codes, that the student will benefit from. This project can involve development of N-body codes that can run rapidly on a very large set of possible initial conditions to find best fits to a set of observational data in the Local Group, with special characteristics for this problem. Among the data to be used is that of stellar streams formed by tidal stripping of globular clusters and other objects that are being detected thanks to Gaia, such as the M68 globular cluster (Palau & Miralda-Escudé 2019). The student will be trained in data science and modeling using large data sets like that of the Gaia mission, with several tools that the Gaia group has developed.

Other researchers in particle physics and theoretical physics at the ICCUB are investigating axion dark matter and its implications on the dark matter distribution, including formation of mini-halos and mini-streams, and dynamical relaxation effects from axion waves in dark matter halos. Gravitational lensing probes into the dark matter small-scale have also been investigated recently by Jordi Miralda-Escudé and collaborators. The student will have the opportunity to participate in these studies.

More information:

ICCUB webpage of group leader: Prof. JordiMiralda-Escudé

Webpage of the group leader

GAIA group website

Webpage of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences


Employment conditions

The maximum total payment amount will be €122,592, as broken down below:

- Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow.

- €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc.

The ”laCaixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid in the fourth year, should the fellow be able to deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.

In addition to financial support, the fellowship includes a training programme on transversal skills, which has been specially designed by leading international institutions in the sector.

This programme includes aspects such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.

Three sessions will be held: at the start of the fellowship, during the second year, and during the third year. Each session will last between 3 and 5 days, and attendance is mandatory for all fellows. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will coverall costs for these sessions, as well as the fellows’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information on the employment conditions, please refer to this document.


Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

the institute of Cosmos Sciences has 50 professors, 10 ICREA professors, 37postdocs, 23 technicians and 61 PhD students. Postdoctoral staff at the ICCUBis largely international, above 60%.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

The institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.


Requirements:

In order to be accepted, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Studies pursued: At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

- To have completed the studies that lead to an official university degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

- To have completed a degree in a university not adapted to the European Higher EducationArea that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

  • Level of English: Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

For more information on the candidates' requirements, please refer to this document.

All applications must be submitted online through the following link. For more information on the application procedure, please refer to this document.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org.


Deadline: Please submit your applications by February 4th 2021.


Selection process:

The process is comprised of three parts:

  • Eligibility screening: all applications received are screened and applications that do not fulfil the criteria published in the call for applications rules are rejected.

  • Remote evaluation (preselection): each of the eligible applications is sent to evaluation panel made up of two or three professors or researchers with broad experience in the discipline of the application and an extensive list of publications and/or contributions within this field. The application that receives the highest scores from each panel will pass to the next stage. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify candidates whether they have been shortlisted or not by e-mail on 22 April 2021.

  • Final evaluation (selection): candidates whose applications have passed the shortlisting stage will be called in for an interview before a multidisciplinary committee comprised of professors and researchers with extensive experience in selection processes by peer review. The interviews will be held in Barcelona on 25, 26 and 27 May 2021. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify interviewed candidates of the outcome of the process by e-mail on 7 June 2021.

The rating criteria that govern the selection process can be found in the Evaluation of applications section of the ”la Caixa” Fellowship Programme website.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to this document.

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT "la Caixa" is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers - of any nationality- who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by "la Caixa" Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona is a research centre accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence María de Maeztu in 2020, the perfect place to carry out your PhD project through an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship.


Research project:

We will investigate the properties of strongly interacting matter coupled to dynamical gravity.

  1. In a cosmological context, the motivations for this research come from the QCD phase transition one microsecond after the Big Bang, from the possible existence of strongly coupled, Grand Unified Theories beyond the Standard Model, or from the possibility that dark matter may be strongly self-interacting. We will pay particular attention to the production of gravitational waves, especially in the presence of phase transitions. There are also potential implications for new production mechanisms of primordial black holes.
  2. In the context of neutron star mergers, the recent discovery of gravitational waves opens a new window into the properties of strongly coupled QCD matter at the highest densities known in the Universe. The gravitational wave signal produced in these mergers is detected in observatories like those of the VIRGO and LIGO collaborations and depends on the properties of dense matter – including its equation of state and its transport coefficients. Importantly for neutron stars, the ICCUB is a full member of the VIRGO collaboration and this project will potentially provide useful inputs in gravitational wave searches. The constraints generated within this project can also potentially inform the form factors of relevance for dark matter detection – as explored by other members of the ICCUB.


Job position description:

The successful candidate will be a PhD student at the ICCUB under the supervision of Prof David Mateos and/or Dr Arnau Rios Huguet. Our institute is uniquely positioned worldwide for this research because of our expertise in all the fields involved. The work will be highly interdisciplinary, ranging from theoretical analysis based on holography to hydrodynamics and quantum many-body theory. You will also have the opportunity to develop machine learning techniques to describe dense matter, and/or run numerical relativity codes on high-performance supercomputers.


More information:

Group Leader: Prof. David Mateos

David Mateos’personal website

Dr Arnau Rios’ website

ICCUB’s website

Twitter feed of the ICCUB


Employment conditions

The maximum total payment amount will be €122,592, as broken down below:

- Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow.

- €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc.

The ”laCaixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid in the fourth year, should the fellow be able to deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.

In addition to financial support, the fellowship includes a training programme on transversal skills, which has been specially designed by leading international institutions in the sector.

This programme includes aspects such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.

Three sessions will be held: at the start of the fellowship, during the second year, and during the third year. Each session will last between 3 and 5 days, and attendance is mandatory for all fellows. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will coverall costs for these sessions, as well as the fellows’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information on the employment conditions, please refer to this document.


Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

the institute of Cosmos Sciences has 50 professors, 10 ICREA professors, 37postdocs, 23 technicians and 61 PhD students. Postdoctoral staff at the ICCUBis largely international, above 60%.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

The institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.


Requirements:

In order to be accepted, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Studies pursued: At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

- To have completed the studies that lead to an official university degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

- To have completed a degree in a university not adapted to the European Higher EducationArea that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

  • Level of English: Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

For more information on the candidates' requirements, please refer to this document.

All applications must be submitted online through the following link. For more information on the application procedure, please refer to this document.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org.


Deadline: Please submit your applications by February 4th 2021.


Selection process:

The process is comprised of three parts:

  • Eligibility screening: all applications received are screened and applications that do not fulfil the criteria published in the call for applications rules are rejected.

  • Remote evaluation (preselection): each of the eligible applications is sent to evaluation panel made up of two or three professors or researchers with broad experience in the discipline of the application and an extensive list of publications and/or contributions within this field. The application that receives the highest scores from each panel will pass to the next stage. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify candidates whether they have been shortlisted or not by e-mail on 22 April 2021.

  • Final evaluation (selection): candidates whose applications have passed the shortlisting stage will be called in for an interview before a multidisciplinary committee comprised of professors and researchers with extensive experience in selection processes by peer review. The interviews will be held in Barcelona on 25, 26 and 27 May 2021. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify interviewed candidates of the outcome of the process by e-mail on 7 June 2021.

The rating criteria that govern the selection process can be found in the Evaluation of applications section of the ”la Caixa” Fellowship Programme website.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to this document.

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona is a research centre accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence María de Maeztu in 2020, the perfect place to carry out your PhD project through an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship.


Research project:

Physics Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) is motivated by different theoretical arguments and experimental facts. One of them is the existence of Dark Matter (DM), which can be interpreted as a BSM particle or sector, five times more abundant than Standard Model (SM) matter in our universe. The nature of DM and its interactions with SM particles is thus a window to the structure of the next generation BSM theory, intended to answer the main questions that the SM leaves unanswered. In particular, BSM models must provide a DM candidate satisfying cosmological requirements and modern experimental DM searches, both in collider experiments that can produce DM particles and direct DM detection experiments in the lab.

The ICCUB is involved in the LHCb experiment (with ongoing searches for invisible particles), in the nuclear physics of DM interacting with nuclei, and in the IAXO experiment dedicated to axion searches both from the Sun and the DM. The QCD axion and axion-like particles in general provide other DM candidates with different experimental signatures depending on axion couplings, which are again the subject of theoretical research on BSM physics.

The goal of this project is to map the spectrum of BSM models in the context of DM as confronted by present experimental bounds, and to further establish the discovery potential of current and future experiments. The student will be able to collaborate broadly in the Institute with experts on particle physics phenomenology, experimentalists and cosmologists working on the nature of DM, with a shared thesis supervision by Prof. Federico Mescia and Dr. Javier Virto.


Job position description:

The candidate will work on a PhD thesis providing a characterization of BSM models (at the fundamental and Effective-Field-Theory levels) that provide viable DM candidates in view of present and near future experiments of three types: 1. collider experiments searching for invisible states (LHCb and Belle-2), 2. direct detection experiments (XenonNT), and 3. axion searches (IAXO). This requires a synergy between particle-physics phenomenology and nuclear physics.


The candidate is expected to hold a Master’s degree in theoretical physics, with basic knowledge on Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model. The candidate will participate actively in the scientific activities of the institute (journal clubs, seminars, discussions, ...), acquire the knowledge and competence to produce research of high quality in the area of particle physics phenomenology, and publish the research work on international peer-reviewed journals and present it at international workshops and conferences.


More information:

Group Leader: Prof. Federico Mescia


Employment conditions

The maximum total payment amount will be €122,592, as broken down below:

- Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow.

- €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc.

The ”laCaixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid in the fourth year, should the fellow be able to deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.

In addition to financial support, the fellowship includes a training programme on transversal skills, which has been specially designed by leading international institutions in the sector.

This programme includes aspects such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.

Three sessions will be held: at the start of the fellowship, during the second year, and during the third year. Each session will last between 3 and 5 days, and attendance is mandatory for all fellows. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will coverall costs for these sessions, as well as the fellows’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information on the employment conditions, please refer to this document.


Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

the institute of Cosmos Sciences has 50 professors, 10 ICREA professors, 37postdocs, 23 technicians and 61 PhD students. Postdoctoral staff at the ICCUBis largely international, above 60%.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

The institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.


Requirements:

In order to be accepted, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Studies pursued: At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

- To have completed the studies that lead to an official university degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

- To have completed a degree in a university not adapted to the European Higher EducationArea that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

  • Level of English: Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

For more information on the candidates' requirements, please refer to this document.

All applications must be submitted online through the following link. For more information on the application procedure, please refer to this document.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org.


Deadline: Please submit your applications by February 4th 2021.


Selection process:

The process is comprised of three parts:

  • Eligibility screening: all applications received are screened and applications that do not fulfil the criteria published in the call for applications rules are rejected.

  • Remote evaluation (preselection): each of the eligible applications is sent to evaluation panel made up of two or three professors or researchers with broad experience in the discipline of the application and an extensive list of publications and/or contributions within this field. The application that receives the highest scores from each panel will pass to the next stage. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify candidates whether they have been shortlisted or not by e-mail on 22 April 2021.

  • Final evaluation (selection): candidates whose applications have passed the shortlisting stage will be called in for an interview before a multidisciplinary committee comprised of professors and researchers with extensive experience in selection processes by peer review. The interviews will be held in Barcelona on 25, 26 and 27 May 2021. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify interviewed candidates of the outcome of the process by e-mail on 7 June 2021.

The rating criteria that govern the selection process can be found in the Evaluation of applications section of the ”la Caixa” Fellowship Programme website.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to this document.

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona is a research centre accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence María de Maeztu in 2020, the perfect place to carry out your PhD project through an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship.


Research project:

The Gaia mission (ESA) is providing extensive catalogues with an unprecedented amount of data of extremely high precision. The upcoming third releases (EDR3 and DR3), with more than 1 billion stars, will constitute the ideal dataset for the study of the structure and kinematics of the Milky Way (MW).

The Gaia data has already unveiled a rich substructure of very young groups of stars and detected many unknown ones. We aim to explore the bunch of new Gaia data and from large spectrographs to detect distant and poor Open Clusters (OC) that have been unnoticed so far. The analysis of the cluster population will allow the understanding of the mechanisms of their formation and disruption and their contribution to the disc of the MW and, together with field stars, contribute to describe the chemo-dynamical history the disc.

Gaia has also been key to unveil the history of the MW and the fine details of its kinematics. In particular, its halo appears to be full of stellar substructures (dwarf and ultrafaint galaxies, and remnants of these systems) in agreement with the current model of galaxy formation. We aim to detect the faintest relics of satellite galaxies that may be hidden due to their distant location and low number of stars by using data mining techniques to look for small over-densities in the phase space of the stars. These findings will be relevant for the comparison with cosmological models, the understanding of how small galaxies are disrupted, and to fit the gravitational potential and history of the MW.

Beyond the MW, we will also use the new Gaia data to improve and extend our knowledge of the Large Magellanic Cloud. Extending our published work on its structure and kinematics, we will combine the Gaia data with other surveys to produce a full analysis of the Cloud, also identifying and studying its constituting populations and its substructures. If possible, this analysis will be extended to other members of the Local Group.


Job position description:

The PhD will be carried on a the ICCUB, integrated in the Gaia group which has long experience in the design, development, operation, archive and data exploitation of the mission. He/she will also benefit from the collaboration and interaction with the software engineering group at the ICCUB Technological Unit in order to develop and utilize Big Data and Data Mining tools to take full advantage of the amount and unique quality of the Gaia data; for this purpose we will develop data mining algorithms and probabilistic (hierarchical Bayesian) models and deploy them in supercomputing facilities.

The work in the PhD will combine the advanced data analysis and the scientific exploitation of the Gaia data and related surveys. The student will be formed in Data Science, data modelling and distributed computing, and will design, implement and deploy probabilistic models using state-of-the-art hardware and software infrastructures. These tools will run in the computing facilities accessible to the group and the institute, including the MareNostrum supercomputer, the CSUC facilities and Cloud environments. These tools will be applied to the scientific exploitation of the Gaia data for the objectives outlined above, which are in the forefront of the worldwide current investigations of the MW, its neighbourhood and its cosmological context.

Let us finally note that these developments have synergies with other groups at the institute, among others the wide team of researchers working on large-scale structure and observational cosmology.


More information:

Group Leader: Prof. Xavier Luri

X. Luri page at Gaia site

Web page of the Gaia group at the ICCUB


Employment conditions

The maximum total payment amount will be €122,592, as broken down below:

- Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow.

- €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc.

The ”laCaixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid in the fourth year, should the fellow be able to deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.

In addition to financial support, the fellowship includes a training programme on transversal skills, which has been specially designed by leading international institutions in the sector.

This programme includes aspects such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.

Three sessions will be held: at the start of the fellowship, during the second year, and during the third year. Each session will last between 3 and 5 days, and attendance is mandatory for all fellows. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will coverall costs for these sessions, as well as the fellows’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information on the employment conditions, please refer to this document.


Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

the institute of Cosmos Sciences has 50 professors, 10 ICREA professors, 37postdocs, 23 technicians and 61 PhD students. Postdoctoral staff at the ICCUBis largely international, above 60%.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

The institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.


Requirements:

In order to be accepted, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Studies pursued: At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

- To have completed the studies that lead to an official university degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

- To have completed a degree in a university not adapted to the European Higher EducationArea that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

  • Level of English: Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

For more information on the candidates' requirements, please refer to this document.

All applications must be submitted online through the following link. For more information on the application procedure, please refer to this document.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org.


Deadline: Please submit your applications by February 4th 2021.


Selection process:

The process is comprised of three parts:

  • Eligibility screening: all applications received are screened and applications that do not fulfil the criteria published in the call for applications rules are rejected.

  • Remote evaluation (preselection): each of the eligible applications is sent to evaluation panel made up of two or three professors or researchers with broad experience in the discipline of the application and an extensive list of publications and/or contributions within this field. The application that receives the highest scores from each panel will pass to the next stage. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify candidates whether they have been shortlisted or not by e-mail on 22 April 2021.

  • Final evaluation (selection): candidates whose applications have passed the shortlisting stage will be called in for an interview before a multidisciplinary committee comprised of professors and researchers with extensive experience in selection processes by peer review. The interviews will be held in Barcelona on 25, 26 and 27 May 2021. The ”la Caixa” Foundation will notify interviewed candidates of the outcome of the process by e-mail on 7 June 2021.

The rating criteria that govern the selection process can be found in the Evaluation of applications section of the ”la Caixa” Fellowship Programme website.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to this document.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow in computational galaxy formation within the new "Milky Way & neighbours" group led by Dr. Chervin Laporte. They will perform cosmological zoom-in simulations of galaxy formation, with a focus on dwarf galaxies and Milky Way-like systems. Candidates with interests and experience in modelling star formation, feedback processes, chemical evolution on galactic scales in a cosmological context are encouraged to apply. Experience in code-development and using high performance computing to run and analyse simulations of galaxy formation would be desirable.


They will also have the opportunity to be involved in the scientific exploitation of the Gaia mission, WEAVE as well as participating in international collaborative networks and supervising students (if they wish). The ICCUB offers a stimulating environment with scientific staff working on a variety of topics from cosmology, extragalactic and Galactic astronomy to star formation and gravitational wave detection. The term of employment is for 3 years with potential for extensions. The position is funded by an ERC starting grant and comes with access to supercomputing and travel support. Candidates should have completed their PhD within the last six years.


The position is expected to begin around the fall of 2021, although exceptions can be made in cases of maternity/paternity or other special circumstances. ICCUB offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission). Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should email secretaria@icc.ub.edu with their request.


The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary centre with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics. The Institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.


Applicants should submit a single PDF including a CV, a publication list and statement of research interests/plans (3 pages max.) and cover letter (optional) via the ICCUB application system. They should also provide three referees to be asked for a letter of reference. Applications received by January 1st, 2021 will receive full consideration, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

When you submit your application form with the three referees email address, our system automatically emails them requesting the recommendation letters and the instructions on how to submit them. Please check with your referees that they receive our email.

L’Equip Gaia de la Universitat de Barcelona (IEEC – ICCUB) ha contribuït des dels seus inicis al desenvolupament del concepte i disseny de la missió Gaia de l'Agència Espacial Europea (ESA). El nostre equip està realitzant importants contribucions amb simulacions i processaments de dades astromètriques i fotomètriques per a la missió. L'equip està format per personal expert en ciència, enginyeria, tecnologia i anàlisi de dades per desenvolupar i operar software de processament de grans volums de dades, validació i explotació a nivell científic. El nostre equip és responsable del Centre de Processament de dades de Barcelona, allotjat al supercomputador Marenostrum.

Característiques del lloc de treball

Treball en un projecte punter de recerca a nivell europeu (ESA).
Donar suport informàtic general a l'equip de treball (unes 25 persones entre astrònoms, enginyers i estudiants)
Tasques d'administració de sistemes
Manteniment dels ordinadors del grup (sistemes operatius, seguretat, programari divers, ...)
Gestió dels back-up
Avaluar les necessitats de nou maquinari i gestió de compres
Resolució d'incidències
Contracte a jornada completa

Criteri de selecció

Busquem:
Persona motivada per treballar en un entorn multidisciplinar en un projecte punter a nivell internacional.
Titulació en informàtica (Cicle formatiu superior, enginyer tècnic o similars)
Experiència en entorns Windows, Linux i Mac.
Actitud proactiva, responsable i dinàmica
Capacitat per treballar en equip i també de forma autònoma i flexible
Bon nivell d'anglès

Contacte i termini

Contacteu amb Lola Balaguer lbalaguer@fqa.ub.edu.
Data límit per rebre CV’s 1 de febrer de 2021.
L'oferta es tancarà tan bon punt trobem una persona adient.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate in computational galaxy dynamics within the new research group of Dr. Chervin Laporte. Candidates with experience/interests in non-equilibrium dynamics are encouraged to apply. Experience in code-development, using high performance computing to run and analyse simulations (N-body and/or basis field expansion) and statistical modelling would be desirable. The fellow will develop an independent research line as well as participate in the group’s larger projects.

They will also have the opportunity to be involved in the scientific exploitation of the Gaia mission, WEAVE as well as participating in international collaborative networks and supervising students (if they wish). The ICCUB offers a stimulating environment with scientific staff working on a variety of topics from cosmology, extragalactic and Galactic astronomy to star formation and gravitational wave detection. The term of employment is for 3 years. The position is funded by an ERC starting grant and comes with access to supercomputing and travel support. Candidates should have completed their PhD within last six years.

The position is expected to begin around the fall of 2021, although exceptions can be made in cases of maternity/paternity or other special circumstances. ICCUB offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission). Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should email secretaria@icc.ub.edu with their request.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary centre with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics. The Institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

Applicants should send a single PDF including a CV, a publication list and statement of research interests/plans (3 pages max.) and cover letter (optional) via the ICCUB application system. They should also provide 3 referees to be asked for a letter of reference. Applications received by January 8th 2021 will receive full consideration, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

When you submit your application form with the three referees email address, our system automatically emails them requesting the recommendation letters and the instructions on how to submit them. Please check with your referees that they receive our email.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) invites applications for a PhD studentship in galaxy formation in the new "Milky Way & neighbours" group led by Dr. Chervin Laporte. The main goal of the PhD is to study the early accretion history of the Milky Way through the development of numerical simulations of the stellar halo in a cosmological context using current available observational constraints. The aim of the project is to shed light on the dynamical structure and chemical properties of the most ancient galaxies (and their satellites) which were accreted and making testable predictions which can be investigated with current and upcoming large spectroscopic surveys of the Galaxy. These surveys will not only provide a six dimensional phase-space view of the stellar halo, but also unleash a whole array of complementary information through the measurement of different chemical abundances. The over-arching question/theme of the PhD is what can we learn about galaxy formation in the high-redshift Universe (as well as our own Galaxy) using the stellar halo of the Milky Way as a time machine? In this project, the student will develop skills in computational astrophysics further extending the versatility of existing N-body codes coupled with predictive models of galaxy formation in chemical abundance space. Some experience with coding (e.g. in C, C++, IDL or Python) would be very useful.

In this project, the student will also have the chance to be involved in the scientific exploitation of the Gaia mission, WEAVE as well as participating in international collaborative networks in computational astrophysics. The ICCUB offers a stimulating environment with scientific staff working on a variety of topics from cosmology, extragalactic and Galactic astronomy to star formation and gravitational wave detection.

The term of employment is for 3 years. The position is funded by an ERC starting grant and comes with access to supercomputing and travel support. The candidate should hold a Master’s degree in mathematics, physics or astrophysics The position is expected to begin around the fall of 2021, although exceptions can be made in cases of maternity/paternity or other special circumstances. ICCUB offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission). Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should email secretaria@icc.ub.edu with their request.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary centre with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics. The Institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as outstanding food and music.

Applicants should send a single PDF including a CV, a cover letter motivating your application (indicating why you are applying), a research statement detailing your personal research interests and prior research experience in any field of physics/astrophysics/mathematics (2 pages max.), University transcripts (up to the moment of application in case you do not hold a Masters degree yet) via the ICCUB application system. They should also provide two referees to be asked for a letter of reference. Applications received by January 8th 2021 will receive full consideration, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

When you submit your application form with the three referees email address, our system automatically emails them requesting the recommendation letters and the instructions on how to submit them. Please check with your referees that they receive our email.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary centre with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

Job description

Key duties:

- Organize, carry out and disseminate the scientific and outreach activities of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences.

- Content creation and webpage maintenance of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences, as well as outreach web pages, serviAstro and serviParticles

- Design and develop outreach graphic material in coordination with the different groups of the institute

- Management of the social networks of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences, institutional and outreach

- Support in the elaboration of reports

- Support to the members of the Institute in the elaboration, diffusion and coordination of press releases and news with the University of Barcelona, the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia and other institutions

- Elaboration of the press collection of the institute

- Support the Manager of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

- Elaboration of newsletters and bulletins of internal and external news.

Requirements:

The candidates are expected to hold a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in sciences, and a Master or Postgrau in scientific communication will be appreciated.

  • Level C1 in Catalan
  • Level C1 in English
  • Experience in writing news, press releases and reports
  • Knowledge in graphic design (Ex.Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom)
  • Experience managing social media accounts
  • Experience in Website Content Manager (Ex. Drupal)

Employment conditions:

Position is for one years renewable for tw years depending on performance and funding.

Gross annual salary will be in the range of 27k€, with included social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children.

Position is expected to begin February or March 2021, although exceptions can be made in cases of maternity/paternity or other special circumstances.

The position will be located at Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

ICCUB offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should email secretaria@icc.ub.edu with their request.

Application procedure:

All applications must be submitted through the University of Barcelona's system. More information here.

Deadline:

Applications should be submitted before January 12th.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) invites applications for its 7 Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu postdoctoral positions.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center hosting a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

We are searching for enthusiastic researchers in the following areas: fundamental cosmology, gravitational waves (including their connection to fundamental physics), large-scale structure surveys, physics of strongly coupled dense matter, axion physics and axion detection experiments, particle physics beyond the Standard Model, galactic dynamics and evolution in the Gaia era, and quantum computation and simulation.

Additional information on these research areas can be found here. Synergies and collaborations across research lines are highly encouraged.

You will have the opportunity to work in our highly interdisciplinary and international institute, where collaboration with different faculty members and research groups is nurtured and cultivated.

Applicants must have a PhD in Physics, Astrophysics or related fields, or be on track to obtain it by the time the contract starts.

Specific job advertisements:


Employment conditions:

Positions are for two years renewable for a third year depending on performance and funding.

Gross annual salary will be in the range of 32 to 36 k€, with included social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children.

Positions are expected to begin no later than the fall of 2021, although exceptions can be made in cases of maternity/paternity or other special circumstances. More information on specific positions associated to each of the research lines can be found here.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

ICCUB offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call or email secretaria@icc.ub.edu with their request.


Application procedure:

Documents that will be required for your application are:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description and Plan (maximum 6 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • URL to publications in a public database


Click here to submit your apllication

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to Esther Pallares (secretaria@icc.ub.edu)


Deadline:

Applications should be uploaded in here before December 8th to receive full consideration, but those uploaded later will also be considered until positions are filled.


Funding:

This positions are financed by the State Agency for Research of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the "Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu 2020-2023" award to the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (CEX2019-000918-M)

The Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu recognition has been awarded by the Spanish Government in 2020 for the second time to the ICCUB, as a center with a highly competitive strategic research programmes in the frontiers of knowledge.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantum Computation and Simulation for its Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu postdoctoral positions. Find out more positions in related areas here.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

Job description

The candidates are expected to hold a PhD in physics, mathematics, computer science, or any related area.

A strong background in one or several of the following topics will be especially considered:

Quantum many-body theory, Quantum Simulation, Ultracold atomic gases, Tensor Networks, Quantum information inspired approaches to field and gauge theories, Quantum computation, Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics.

Faculty members of our group working in these areas include Maria Moreno-Cardoner, Muntsa Guilleumas, Sofyan Iblisdir, Bruno Julia-Diaz y Luca Tagliacozzo.

The priority lines of the Maria de Maeztu proposal canbe found here.

To know more about the research interests of the ICCUB, please follow this link.

Employment conditions:

Position is for two yearsrenewable for a third year depending on performance and funding.

Gross annual salary will be inthe range of 32 to 36 k€, with included social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children.

Position is expected to beginno later than the fall of 2021, although exceptions can be made in cases ofmaternity/paternity or other special circumstances.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

ICCUB offers and promotes adiverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should email secretaria@icc.ub.eduwith their request.

Application procedure:

Documents that will be required for your application are:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description and Plan (maximum 6 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • URL to publications in a public database

All applications must be submitted online through this link.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to Esther Pallares (secretaria@icc.ub.edu).

For inquiries about the scientific aspects, please contact Prof. Bruno Julià (bruno@fqa.ub.edu)

Deadline:

Applications should be uploaded in here before December 8th to receive full consideration, but those uploaded later will also be considered until positions are filled.

Funding:

The position is financed by the State Agency for Research of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the "Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu 2020-2023" award to the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (CEX2019-000918-M).

The Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu recognition has been awarded by the Spanish Government in 2020 for the second time to the ICCUB, as a center with a highly competitive strategic research programmes in the frontiers of knowledge.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in Beyond the Standard Model: New Particles and Dark Matter for its Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu postdoctoral positions. Find out more positions in related areas here.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

Job description

The candidates are expected to have, or be about to submit, a PhD degree in particle physics with a strong background in one or several the following topics: Flavour Physics, bot phenomenology or experimental High Energy Physics, including, but no limited to, beyond the SM physics, dark Matter direct detection (Xenon phenomenology), axion physics (IAXO) and axion detection by radio-frequency (RADES).

Faculty members of our group working in these areas include Federico Mescia, Eugeni Graugés, Lluís Garrido, Joan Soto, Domènec Espriu, Concepción González, Javier Virto, Jordi Miralda, Alessio Notari and Jorge Casalderrey.

The priority lines of the Maria de Maeztu proposal canbe found here.

To know more about the research interests of the ICCUB, please follow this link.

Employment conditions:

Position is for two yearsrenewable for a third year depending on performance and funding.

Gross annual salary will be inthe range of 32 to 36 k€, with included social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children.

Position is expected to beginno later than the fall of 2021, although exceptions can be made in cases ofmaternity/paternity or other special circumstances.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

ICCUB offers and promotes adiverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should email secretaria@icc.ub.eduwith their request.

Application procedure:

Documents that will be required for your application are:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description and Plan (maximum 6 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • URL to publications in a public database

All applications must be submitted online through this link.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to Esther Pallares (secretaria@icc.ub.edu).

For inquiries about the scientific aspects, please contact Federico Mescia (mescia@fqa.ub.edu)

Deadline:

Applications should be uploaded in here before December 8th to receive full consideration, but those uploaded later will also be considered until positions are filled.

Funding:

The position is financed by the State Agency for Research of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the "Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu 2020-2023" award to the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (CEX2019-000918-M).

The Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu recognition has been awarded by the Spanish Government in 2020 for the second time to the ICCUB, as a center with a highly competitive strategic research programmes in the frontiers of knowledge.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in Beyond the Standard Model: New Particles and Dark Matter for its Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu postdoctoral positions. Find out more positions in related areas here.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

Job description

We will investigate the properties of strongly coupled matter in two situations with potential synergies with other lines, especially with gravitational waves.

1. Strongly coupled matter in a cosmological context. Motivations for this come from the QCD phase transition one microsecond after the Big Bang, from the possible existence of Grand Unified Theories beyond the Standard Model, or from the possibility that dark matter is strongly self-interacting. We will pay particular attention to the production of gravitational waves, especially in the presence of phase transitions. There are also potential implications for new production mechanisms of primordial black holes.

2. Strongly coupled matter in neutron star mergers. The gravitational wave signal produced in these mergers depends on the properties of strongly coupled QCD matter, ranging from static ones (equation of state) to dynamical ones (transport coefficients, etc). We will employ a variety of approaches to connect these microscopic properties to the experimental signal detected at LIGO and VIRGO.

The priority lines of the Maria de Maeztu proposal canbe found here.

To know more about the research interests of the ICCUB, please follow this link.

Employment conditions:

Position is for two yearsrenewable for a third year depending on performance and funding.

Gross annual salary will be inthe range of 32 to 36 k€, with included social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children.

Position is expected to beginno later than the fall of 2021, although exceptions can be made in cases ofmaternity/paternity or other special circumstances.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

ICCUB offers and promotes adiverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should email secretaria@icc.ub.eduwith their request.

Application procedure:

Documents that will be required for your application are:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description and Plan (maximum 6 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • URL to publications in a public database

All applications must be submitted online through this link.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to Esther Pallares (secretaria@icc.ub.edu).

For inquiries about the scientific aspects, please contact Prof. David Mateos (dmateos@fqa.ub.edu) or Prof. Àngels Aran (ramos@fqa.ub.edu)

Deadline:

Applications should be uploaded in here before December 8th to receive full consideration, but those uploaded later will also be considered until positions are filled.

Funding:

The position is financed by the State Agency for Research of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the "Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu 2020-2023" award to the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (CEX2019-000918-M).

The Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu recognition has been awarded by the Spanish Government in 2020 for the second time to the ICCUB, as a center with a highly competitive strategic research programmes in the frontiers of knowledge.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dark Energy and the Origin of the Universe for its Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu postdoctoral positions. Find out more positions in related areas here.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

Job description

We are looking for enthusiastic researchers who share our curiosity to understand the physics of the Universe from the infinitely small to the infinitely large and the deep connections between these different scales.

You will have the opportunity to work on large-scale structure cosmology, (both theoretical and observational), dark energy and Early Universe.

Forthcoming surveys with exquisite statistical power promise advances on big open questions with deep links to fundamental physics: the nature of dark energy and dark matter, neutrino masses, the early Universe physics driving inflation, etc.

The rapidly growing amount of data in cosmological surveys demands a strong analysis effort to extract important scientific discoveries; a close interaction between theory and observations is crucial for formulating the most relevant questions and developing precise data analysis techniques to find the correct answers.

We anticipate that this process will be strongly influenced by the nascent field of multi-messenger cosmology: gravitational waves with electromagnetic counterparts (e.g, providing redshift measurements). As an example of promising synergies, this combination will result in independent distance measurements, and cross-correlating gravitational wave sources with galaxy maps can trace the origin of black hole mergers (see line B here).

You will be joining a broad group of researchers with interests in Cosmology, -- see https://sites.google.com/icc.ub.edu/liciaverde/ (under GROUP) and http://icc.ub.edu/research/research_areas/theoretical_cosmology -- which comprises 5 faculty, 4 postdocs, and 8 graduate students.

Experience with cosmology, analysis of data, statistics, possibly applied in the cosmological context and being proficient with coding is highly desirable. Familiarity with inflation, general relativity and field theory would be valued. Familiarity with high performance computing is a welcome plus.

Members of this group are involved in the following surveys/collaborations: DESI, EUCLID.

The priority lines of the Maria de Maeztu proposal canbe found here.

To know more about the research interests of the ICCUB, please follow this link.

Employment conditions:

Position is for two yearsrenewable for a third year depending on performance and funding.

Gross annual salary will be inthe range of 32 to 36 k€, with included social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children.

Position is expected to beginno later than the fall of 2021, although exceptions can be made in cases ofmaternity/paternity or other special circumstances.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

ICCUB offers and promotes adiverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should email secretaria@icc.ub.eduwith their request.

Application procedure:

Documents that will be required for your application are:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description and Plan (maximum 6 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • URL to publications in a public database

All applications must be submitted online through this link.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to Esther Pallares (secretaria@icc.ub.edu).

For inquiries about the scientific aspects, please contact Prof. Licia Verde (liciaverde@icc.ub.edu) or Prof. Jaume Garriga (jgarriga@fqa.ub.edu)

Deadline:

Applications should be uploaded in here before December 8th to receive full consideration, but those uploaded later will also be considered until positions are filled.

Funding:

The position is financed by the State Agency for Research of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the "Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu 2020-2023" award to the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (CEX2019-000918-M).

The Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu recognition has been awarded by the Spanish Government in 2020 for the second time to the ICCUB, as a center with a highly competitive strategic research programmes in the frontiers of knowledge.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) is seeking to appoint at least one Postdoctoral Fellow in Fundamental Physics and Astrophysics from Gravitational Waves for its Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu postdoctoral positions. Find out more positions in related areas here.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30% international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

Job description

The candidate can pursue independent research within the broad theme "Fundamental Physics and Astrophysics from Gravitational Waves". The ICC is a full member of the Virgo collaboration and to consolidate our scientific participation in the collaboration we welcome in particular research proposals that benefit from Virgo membership. Within the broad research framework of this post, ICC staff members are active in the areas of gravity and extremely compact objects, dynamical binary black hole formation, primordial black holes and the equation-of-state of neutron stars.

More information about research group composition can be found here:

http://icc.ub.edu/research/research_areas/theoretical_cosmology

http://icc.ub.edu/research/research_areas/gravitational_waves

The priority lines of the Maria de Maeztu proposal canbe found here.

To know more about the research interests of the ICCUB, please follow this link.

Employment conditions:

Position is for two years renewable for a third year depending on performance and funding.

Gross annual salary will be in the range of 32 to 36 k€, with included social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children.

Position is expected to begin no later than the fall of 2021, although exceptions can be made in cases of maternity/paternity or other special circumstances.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

ICCUB offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission). Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should email secretaria@icc.ub.edu with their request.

Application procedure:

Documents that will be required for your application are:

·Curriculum Vitae

·Research Description and Plan (maximum 6 pages)

·Three letters of recommendation

·URL to publications in a public database

All applications must be submitted online through this link.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to Esther Pallares (secretaria@icc.ub.edu).

For inquiries about the scientific aspects, please contact Prof. Roberto Emparan (emparan@ub.edu) or Prof. Mark Gieles (mgieles@ub.edu).

Deadline:

Applications should be uploaded in here before December 8th to receive full consideration, but those uploaded later will also be considered until positions are filled.

Funding:

The position is financed by the State Agency for Research of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovationt hrough the "Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu 2020-2023" award to the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (CEX2019-000918-M).

The Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu recognition has been awarded by the Spanish Government in 2020 for the second time to the ICCUB, as a center with a highly competitive strategic research programmes in the frontiers of knowledge.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in Structure and Evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy through Gaia for its Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu postdoctoral positions. Find out more positions in related areas here.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

Job description

The vast improvement in astrometric accuracy for nearly 2 billion stars achieved by the Gaia mission is revolutionizing the studies of theMilky Way (MW) and their relation to cosmology. The ICCUB is uniquely positioned for science exploitation because of 1) our participation in the mission since its beginning, 2) our local expertise on galactic dynamics and 3)our leadership in building the Gaia Archive with its associated repository and Data Mining systems. The ICCUB Technological Unit is developing tools for data processing, distributed computing and big data to exploit more efficiently the Gaia Archive.

We are seeking candidates who can make a significant contribution to the understanding of the structure and history of the MW, improving upon the local and current description of the MW, and which help usunderstand galaxies in a cosmological framework, by using the upcoming third Gaia Data releases (end 2020 and first half of 2022) and related surveys (e.g.Gaia-ESO, WEAVE, 4MOST, OCCASO, MIRADAS and JPLUS/JPAS).

This includes research in topics like the stellar initial mass function and star formation history of the MW components; Galactic dynamics (spiral arms and bar dynamics, perturbation from external galaxies, streams etc); the MW chemical evolution traced by field stars and clusters coupled with Galactic dynamics; modelling of the substructures of star-forming regions revealed by Gaia; globular clusters and the initial mass function athigh-redshift ; characterization of the ultra-faint dwarf-galaxy population around the MW to test DM models . Synergies among topics and with the other priority lines in the ICCUB will be evaluated positively.

The priority lines of the Maria de Maeztu proposal canbe found here.

To know more about the research interests of the ICCUB, please follow this link.

Employment conditions:

Position is for two yearsrenewable for a third year depending on performance and funding.

Gross annual salary will be inthe range of 32 to 36 k€, with included social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children.

Position is expected to beginno later than the fall of 2021, although exceptions can be made in cases ofmaternity/paternity or other special circumstances.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

ICCUB offers and promotes adiverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should email secretaria@icc.ub.eduwith their request.

Application procedure:

Documents that will be required for your application are:

Curriculum Vitae

Research Description and Plan (maximum 6 pages)

Three letters of recommendation

URL to publications in a public database

All applications must be submitted online through this link.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to Esther Pallares (secretaria@icc.ub.edu).

For inquiries about the scientific aspects, please contact Carme Jordi (carme@icc.ub.edu)

Deadline:

Applications should be uploaded in here before December 8th to receive full consideration, but those uploaded later will also be considered until positions are filled.

Funding:

The position is financed by the State Agency for Research of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the "Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu 2020-2023" award to the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (CEX2019-000918-M).

The Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu recognition has been awarded by the Spanish Government in 2020 for the second time to the ICCUB, as a center with a highly competitive strategic research programmes in the frontiers of knowledge.

Job description:

Postdoctoral positions are now open at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICC) at the University of Barcelona. Candidates in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Particle physics phenomenology related to neutrino physics, Higgs physics, B physics and effective theories, and heavy ion physics.
  • Cosmology and astroparticle physics.
  • String theory and holography broadly defined.

Faculty members of our group working in these areas include Jorge Casalderrey-Solana, Domenec Espriu, Joaquim Gomis, M.C. Gonzalez-Garcia, Federico Mescia, Josep Maria Pons, Jorge Russo, Joan Sola, Joan Soto, Josep Taron and Javier Virto.

For more information about research at the ICC please visit http://icc.ub.edu


Employment conditions

Appointments will be for a period of 2+1 years with the third year subject to performance and funding availability.

The default starting date will be in the Fall 2021, but earlier starting dates can be considered. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2020.


Applications procedure

Applications must be done online through the ICC application.

Applications should include a CV, a statement of research interests, a list of publications, and the letters of recommendation from three senior physicists.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to Miriam Gutiérrez (secretaria@icc.ub.edu).

We also recommend to the applicants to send a short email to the faculty member of our group whose work is more closely related to their interest letting them know of their application.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call or email secretaria@icc.ub.edu with their request.


Deadline: Please submit your applications by November 30th, 2020

Contact: Gonzalez-Garcia, Maria Concepción, email: concha@fqa.ub.edu

Postdoctoral positions funded by the String Theory, Gravitation and Cosmology group at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICC), University of Barcelona, are now open.

Faculty members at our group include Roberto Emparan, Bartomeu Fiol, Jaume Garriga, Cristiano Germani, David Mateos, Alessio Notari and Enric Verdaguer.

For information about research at the ICC please visit http://icc.ub.edu

Appointments will begin in the Fall of 2021 for a period of 2+1 years, with the third year subject to performance and funding availability. The deadline for applications is November 30th 2020.

The University of Barcelona is part of a group of European institutes with a centralized system of postdoctoral applications. Candidates should apply through the following website, choosing Barcelona as one of their preferred institutes:

https://itf.fys.kuleuven.be/postdoc-application/

Interested candidates are also encouraged to apply to other ICC postdoctoral positions in related areas at http://icc.ub.edu/job/offers

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Institute of Cosmos Sciences promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.