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Post-doc position opportunity at CETP 

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Post-doctoral position opportunity at Centre d,étude des Environnements Terrestre et Planétaires, CETP, Vélizy, France

CETP (Centre d,étude des Environnements Terrestre et Planétaires) invites applications for a two years post-doctoral position in space plasma physics. The team offering the job is actively working on magnetic turbulence and reconnection in magnetospheric physics, and is involved in a wide international collaboration in theoretical, numerical and in data analyses, in particular from the Cluster mission. The successful candidate will have to develop a new theoretical and numerical approach of turbulent reconnection. Reconnection phenomenon is known to be a "cross-scale" phenomenon in the sense that its causes and consequences concern large scales while the mechanisms that allow it are based on small scales confined in a much localized region where strong gradients and kinetic effects are effective. The purpose is to study the role of large scale turbulence on this phenomenon, its triggering and its stationary rate. This could be done by implementing realistic non constant boundary conditions in the existing numerical codes, mimicking for instance the scaling laws of turbulence obtained from recent observation on Cluster data.


Applicants should have a PhD in plasma physics, astrophysics or related fields and should have a strong background on numerical simulations. Skills on turbulence and/or magnetic reconnection will be well appreciated.

The position is funded by ANR grant (French science foundation). The salary will be defined later. Please don't take into account the amount given in some announcements, which was erroneous. Applications must be sent before 1st of March 2007. The decision will be taken in March or April and the effective work should begin in September 2007.

Please send a Curriculum Vitae, list of publications, statement of research interests and experience, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to:

Dr Gérard Belmont


10-12, avenue de l,Europe

78140 Vélizy, France


Tel: 33 (0)1 3925 4920

Fax: 33 (0)1 3925 4922

email: gerard.belmont(at)cetp.ipsl.fr