NASA will launch in May 2018 InSight, the first Martian Geophysical Observatory due to land on Mars in November, 2018. The Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), PI Institution of SEIS, the primary instrument of the mission and the helio-astero seismology team of AIM are searching candidates for a two years postdoctoral position funded by the UnivEarth LABEX in computational planetary and extra-terrestrial seismology likely extended by a third year following the deployment of SEIS on Mars. Postdoc will be based in the Campus Spatial Facility, at University Paris Diderot, Paris Rive Gauche campus.
Seismology is indeed not only expected to gather data on the interior of Mars with InSight, but is also providing new constraints on the structure of giant planets through the detection of Jupiter Normal modes (Gaulme et al., 2011), their possible confirmation with Juno (Durante et al., 2016) or the detection on Saturn Rings of the signature of Saturn normal modes (Hedman and Nicholson, 2013). The recent detection of gravitational waves are also triggering renew of research on the excitation of quadrupole planetary normal modes by gravitational waves (Coughlin and Harms, 2014), including for new Lunar based seismometers.
The goal of the postdoc is to develop and validate in the 2017-2018 timeframe a complete modeling software of normal modes and Long Period seismic waves, valid for both terrestrial planets (with and without atmosphere with a strong focus on Mars) and fluid bodies (both giant planets and stars with a focus on Jupiter) which will gather the expertise of the two labs (IPGP, AIM) who work respectively in Earth/terrestrial planets seismology and in helio and astero-seismology.
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Philippe Lognonnée, SEIS PI