IPI Postdoctoral research fellowships: 2023/2024 call for applications

Alliance Sorbonne Université, Paris, France

Overview of the IPI

  • The IPI (Initiative Physique des Infinis) is a research training program designed to bring together researchers, teachers and students of the Sorbonne University Alliance around two intensive research axes: Plasma Physics and the Physics of the Universe. The IPI covers a particularly wide range of topics, including high-energy physics, cosmology, particle physics, fusion, natural plasmas, out-of-equilibrium plasmas and many others. The ambition of the IPI is to irrigate these themes through core projects (specific to the physics of the Universe or to plasma physics), interface projects (unifying the physics of the Universe and plasma physics) but also opening projects where the physics of infinities is combined with transversal approaches in connection with the SHS.
  • The core of the IPI is composed of 9 internationally recognized physics laboratories:
  • The excellence of these laboratories is expressed through the complementarity of their expertise (observations, modeling, simulation, engineering, experiments), the reputation of their researchers, but also through an exceptional heritage of research infrastructures (e.g., ground and space-based astronomical observatories, particle gas pedals, high-intensity or electron lasers, ion beams). This human and technological capital, concentrated within a single university institution, represents an extraordinary opportunity for teaching and research activities in infinite physics. From the undergraduate to the post-doctoral level, the student is at the center of the projects that drive the IPI. Resolutely inclusive, the IPI also carries out scientific dissemination and communication activities for the general public, while working for diversity and equality between women and men.

2023/2024 call for postdoctoral fellowships

  • IPI invites applications from scientists with recent PhDs for several Fellowships that will start by October 1st, 2024 at the latest. IPI fellows will receive a salary according to experience, and generous travel, research, and visitor funds, for 2 or 3 years, depending on the contract. The successful candidates will need to have obtained their PhD no more than three years before the starting date of the postdoctoral contract.
  • IPI fellows will perform their research activities in one of the IPI member laboratories (depending on research specialty), will be immersed in an internationally visible research environment with rich intellectual and computational resources, and opportunities for involvement in leading facilities. IPI laboratories include LPNHE, LPP, IAP, LPTHE, LULI, LESIA, LERMA, LPENS and INSP.
  • The prospective candidate will be expected to perform his or her research activities in high energy physics, physics of the Universe or in plasma physics, including but not limitated to the following fields:

Laser-plasma acceleration – High energy astrophysics – Cosmology – Dark Energy – Intense excitation of matter – Intense multi-charged ion beams – Formation and dynamics of galaxies – Large structures of the Universe – High energy density by laser – Space engineering Nanosatellites – Matter/Antimatter – Dark Matter – Physics of the Universe – Physics of Gravitation Physics – High Energy Physics – Particle Physics – Fusion Plasmas – Laboratory Plasmas – Dense Plasmas – Interstellar Plasmas – Cold Plasmas – Solar Plasmas – Space Plasmas – Cosmic Radiation – Cosmic Background Radiation – Particle Sources – Intense Radiation Sources – String Theory – Early Universe – Deep Universe

  • Members of the IPI are involved in leading capacities in several international projects, including ATLAS and LHCb at the LHC (CERN), HESS, CTA, DESI, Rubin Observatory/LSST, SPT-3G, Euclid, SVOM, MMS, Solar Orbiter, Parker Solar Probe, JUICE, Helioswarm, LOFAR, SKA, Apollon, ITER, …
  • Applications should include:
    • A cover letter (maximum 1 page),
    • A research proposal (maximum 2 pages),
    • A statement of past research accomplishments (maximum 3 pages),
    • A curriculum vitae
    • A publication list.
  • Important Notes:
    • All applicants should contact a permanent member of the laboratories listed above and working in the field of high energy physics, physics of the Universe, or plasma physics and discuss with her/him their projects. The name of this contact scientist, the team and laboratory in which they wish to work should be explicitly stated in the application.
    • A recommendation letter from the contact scientist is mandatory. Candidates should also nominate up to three other referees in the web application.
  • To guarantee full consideration, the following deadlines must be respected:
    • December 3, 2023 midnight (CET): deadline to submit all application materials (except the recommendation letters)
    • December 10, 2023 midnight (CET): deadline to submit the recommendation letters (including the one from the contact scientist)
  • Selected candidates will be notified by the end of December 2023.
  • To apply, please follow this link.
  • Contact: apply-fellows@ipi-sorbonne-universite.fr, ipi@listes.sorbonne-universite.fr