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Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
Postdoctoral fellow/visiting scientist

The Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP) invites applications for a post-doctoral/visiting scientist position in OPTICAL INTERFEROMETRY, partially funded by OPTICON (RII3-CT-2004-001566) and by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia POCI programme with funds from FEDER. The researcher will be actively involved in Phase A studies for the 2nd generation ESO/VLTI spectro imager instrument (VSI) led by Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, France. The Phase A studies are currently underway and are expected to finish in June 2007.

1) Postdoctoral Position

During the first year the postdoc will mainly devote his/her time to the image reconstruction & science teams of the project. In the extended period the Postdoc will contribute to the astrophysical exploitation of existing optical interferometers and the instrument studies.

The amount of the grant is 17,940 euros/year net, paid monthly, plus a 1,000 euros mobility allowance. The Postdoc will have the grantee statute and its rights according to National Decree Nº 123/99.

The amount of grant is very similar to the Portuguese GDP per capita (18k euros/year) ensuring a good standard of living. As a CAUP member the Postdoc will have access to the scientific facilities including travel money and the opportunity to involve students in her/his research. Applicants with a radio/sub-mm interferometry imaging experience are encouraged to apply.

2) Visiting Scientist position

The visiting scientist should spend 3 to 6 months at CAUP working on image reconstruction & science team activities related to VSI Phase A studies.

The visiting scientist will receive a mobility and monthly living allowance. Indicative values for these allowances are 1,000 euros and 1,500 euros/month. The exact value will be negotiated on a case by case basis.

CAUP is a young and active research institute situated at the main campus of the University of Porto. It is the top astrophysics institute in the country and the only ranked excellent in this area by the national science foundation evaluation. The current staff includes 22 researchers plus Ph.D. students and two Master Programs, involving more than 40 postgraduate students.

Applicants should send:

  • the curriculum vitae
  • the name, address and email of three referees (Postdoc only)
  • a one page short research project proposal

Applications will be received from 24 October 2006. First evaluation of applications will take place the on 10th November 2006.

Applicants will be admitted to evaluation if their CV matches the requirements. Evaluation will be based on scientific merit as measured by CV, references, research proposal and an eventual interview.

The applications as well as any inquiries on details of the grants should be directed to:
Dr. Paulo J.V. Garcia
Centro de Astrofí­sica da Universidade do Porto
Rua das Estrelas, P-4150-762 Porto
Tel: +351-226 089 830, Fax: +351-226 089 831

The period for application submission has ended for this opportunity.