Announcement for a new LERMA Director - Paris



The LERMA2 laboratory from Observatoire de Paris is looking for a new director to be appointed on January 1st , 2014


The Laboratoire d'Etude du Rayonnement et de la Matière en Astrophysique et Atmosphères (LERMA2) is a scientific department of the Observatoire de Paris, and a Research Unit of CNRS (UMR8112) also associated with l’Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and l’Université de Cergy Pontoise (UCP). It brings together several research groups located at Paris and Meudon Observatory, as well as teams at the ENS, UPMC and UCP. Next year, the LPMAA, “Laboratoire de Physique Moléculaire pour l'Atmosphère et l'Astrophysique” (UPMC), and a few researchers of the LUTH (Laboratoire Univers et ses Théories, Observatoire de Paris) will join LERMA.


The laboratory comprises about 150 people, including 45 technicians and engineers.


The main research topics are organized into four research areas:

1. Galaxies and Cosmology

2. Dynamics of the Interstellar Medium and Stellar Plasmas

3. Molecules in the Universe

4. Instrumentation and Remote sensing


The laboratory has a high international recognition in these 4 areas. It combines expertise in astronomical observations (Herschel, IRAM, VLT, ALMA, radiotelescopes precursors of the future SKA), in numerical simulations (gravitational N-body, hydrodynamics, MHD, radiative transfer), in laboratory experiments and theoretical studies, dedicated to the formation of molecules in astrophysical conditions, fundamental molecular processes, the creation of databases (theoretical and experimental) and online services, including the definition of international standards (e.g. IVOA). The laboratory also has expertise in the design and development of radiometers in the millimeter and THz domains, for space missions in astrophysics, planetology and for Earth remote sensing. It participates in the preparation of CNES and ESA missions like CIDRE or JUICE. In addition, the laboratory is deeply involved in diverse education programs, including outreach to the young public.


The position is open to any candidate with a PhD. People interested in this function are invited to apply before June 30, 2013, by confidential mail addressed to the Chair of the Research Committee: François Boulanger ( | Tel: 01 69 85 85 73).


The application must include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae and a short notice of works and titles.