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PhD position in Extragalactic Astronomy: various aspects of observational cosmology and large-scale structure

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Fecha inicio solicitud: 
Jue, 15/10/2020
Fecha límite solicitud: 
Mar, 27/10/2020


A four-year PhD (FPI program) position funded by the the  Spanish  Ministry  of Science  and Innovation (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación)  is offered  within the project “Participation in the NISP instrument and preparation for the scientific exploitation of Euclid” (PID2019-110614GB-C21), PI and supervisor: Dr. Carlos Gutierrez de la Cruz, co-supervisor: Dr. Helmut Dannerbauer.

The selected applicant will carry out her/his research on the evolution and formation of galaxies within large-scale structures in the early universe. The project is within the framework of observational extragalactic/cosmology. The PhD student will exploit datasets from 8/10 m class telescopes such as the GTC and/or the VLT (spectroscopy) and the ESO Public Survey SHARKS (imaging; led by the IAC, see also In addition, based on these datasets (s)he will derive and verify photometric redshifts. This work can be seen as preparational work for the ESA mission Euclid as well. The successful student will be part of this international consortium and in addition, (s)he will exploit the first datasets coming from this mission. The focus will be on optical/near-infrared datasets complemented by exquisite multi-wavelength observations from the far-infrared, (sub)mm and the radio.  To summarize, the two major goals of this thesis are i) to study the evolution of galaxies in large-scale structures such as galaxy clusters (in formation) and ii) to support the preparation and the scientific exploitation of the Euclid mission.

The student will be based at the IAC and the thesis will formally be registered and awarded by the Universidad de La Laguna. The complete ULL-IAC doctoral program will be followed, which includes training in research and complimentary skills. The PhD will be defended after three years, and the fourth year of the contract will be 'pre-postdoc'.

Applications must be submitted online until the 27 October 2020 at the URL of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación To request the present research project please use the following reference:  PID2019-110614GB-C21

For further information about the scientific aspects of this PhD opening, please contact Dr. Carlos Gutierrez de la Cruz (