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ARGO (Astrophysique, Radioscience et Gravitation à Orléans)

ARGO is a recently established team (September 1st, 2006).
It is composed by three permanent researchers:
Dr I. Cognard (CNRS), Prof. A. Spallicci (Universitè d'Orléans), Dr G. Theureau (CNAP) and two doctoral students.

Areas of investigations concern primarily: pulsars, black holes and compact objects, gravitational waves, extragalactic universe, and generally fundamental astrophysics from theory (e.g. motion in general relativity, red-shift, timing by pulsar array) to observations and numerical simulations. The team has access to the data of the Observatoire de Nançay (pulsars, universe expansion rate and mass distribution, peculiar velocities of the galaxies).

The main three projects, which ARGO refers to, are:

The team is also involved in instrumental development for radio-astronomy in the frame of an international collaboration with Berkeley University. ARGO is associated to the Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement ( LPCE) that belongs both to the Institut de Sciences de l'Universe ( INSU) of the Centre Nationale pour la Recherche Scientifique ( CNRS) and to the Università d'Orléans ( UO). It is located on the CNRS campus of Orléans. The LPCE is one of the major space research laboratories selected and approved by the French Centre Nationale des études Spatiales (CNES). LPCE has a staff of about 80 people and is led by Dr P.-L. Blelly.

ARGO wishes to strengthen its activities. Permanent positions in France are obtained via applications to

i) Universities (positions of Maìtres de Conférences or Professeurs) for which candidates are pre-selected through application forms and dossiers sent via the Ministry of Education website to CNU (Conseil Nationale des Universités);

ii) CNRS (positions of Chargé de Recherche or Directeur de Recherche);

CNAP (Comité Nationale des Astronomes et Physiciens, positions of Astronomes Adjointes and Astronomes).

On the condition of funding availability, applications are also invited for doctoral and post-doctoral positions from French and foreign nationals.

Foreign senior scientists may also be employed on short-term contracts. Historical city (French Royal Family), Orléans conserves remarkable monuments (among others the Cathédral de Sainte Croix, place de Martroi with a monument to St Jeanne d'Arc, the castles of the Vallée de la Loire). It is situated less than an hour by train from Paris centre in the south direction. The University, founded in 1306, counts more than 15.000 students and about 900 permanent teaching faculties.

For any further information, please contact Prof. A. Spallicci


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