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Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
Applications for up to 2 postdoctoral fellowships

Ref: CAUP2014-04UnI-BPD

The Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP) invites applications for up to 2 postdoctoral fellowships, lasting 6 months and possibly renewed up to 1 year and starting no later than the 1st of November. Priority is given to applicants whose work and current research interests will provide a relevant contribution to the ongoing research activities at CAUP.

CAUP is a young and active research institute situated at the main campus of the University of Porto. It is the largest astrophysics institute in the country and has been ranked excellent (top grade) by the national science foundation evaluation. The current staff includes 39 researchers (and also 18 Ph.D. students and several MSc students).

As a CAUP member the postdoctoral fellow will have access to all CAUP facilities. The funds come from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Incentivo 2014 and Projecto Estratégico: PEst-C/FIS/UI0003/2013 & FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-037275), with financial support provided by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (PIDDAC) and FEDER (COMPETE).

The monthly allowance will be 1495€ (tax free) in accordance with the FCT regulations. The fellowship contract will comply with the 'Regulamento de Bolsas de Investigação da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I. P. - 2013' and 'Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação'.

The selected candidates are expected to apply for longer-term funding to extend the fellowship.

The application, to be submitted by email (PDF file) to Dr. Pedro P. Avelino should include the following:

  • letter of motivation,
  • proposed work plan (up to 3 pages),
  • curriculum vitae (include full list of publications),
  • name, address and email of two referees.

Applications will be received from the 15th of May to 15th of June and a final decision will be announced by the 30th of June.

Selection Criteria
The applicants must have completed a PhD degree. Only applications from candidates having a solid research background in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences will be considered. The evaluation of the candidates will be based on the following criteria:

  • curriculum vitae [50%],
  • relevance of the proposed work plan to the ongoing research activities at CAUP [50%].

Applicants may be required to attend an interview at CAUP. If necessary the interview will be done by teleconference. The contracts will be offered according to the ordering proposed by the selection committee. Candidates will be informed about the evaluation results by email.

For inquires and submission of applications please contact Dr. Pedro P. Avelino.

The positions will be granted only if suitable candidates are found.

Selection Committee
Pedro P. Avelino
Nuno C. Santos
Pedro T. P. Viana
Margarida M. S. Cunha
Polychronis Papaderos
Sérgio A. G. Sousa

Publication date
29th April 2014

The period for application submission has ended for this opportunity.