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Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
PhD positions in the field of extra-solar planets

The Centro de Astrofisica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP) opens a call for 3 PhD student positions. The positions are offered in the context of the Starting Grant "EXtra-solar planets and stellar astrophysics: towards the detection of Other Earths" funded by the European Community/European Research Council under the FP7 Ideas programme.

The positions, with a maximum duration of 4 years, are open in the field of extra-solar planets, and are to be started from the 1st of October 2010.

The PhD fellowship (according to the rules of the National Science Foundation FCT) have an yearly income of nearly 12 000 euros, tax free. Funds for traveling (conferences, collaborations, observing missions) are also available.

The successful candidates are expected to pursue research in the following fields:
  • Astrophysical limitations to the detection of Earth like planets
  • Spectroscopic analysis of stars with planetary systems
  • Extra-solar planet searches

The successful students will be integrated in the team on "Origin and Evolution of Stars and Planets" at CAUP.

The above mentioned research is to be seen in the context of the participation in the project of the ESPRESSO@VLT instrument, a new high resolution ultra stable spectrograph for the VLT/ESO.

The application, to be submitted by email, should include the following:
  • Cover letter/e-mail with a brief description of the candidate's experience and motivation;
  • Curriculum Vitae (up to 4 pages) including, if available, a complete list of scientific publications (up to 1 additional page);
  • A complete list of academic courses (University level) previously followed, and respective grades;
  • Name and contact details (position, email, address) of two referees, available to provide information about the candidate (to be contacted if considered necessary).

Only applications from candidates having an adequate background (BSc degree or equivalent with at least 3 years) in Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics, or other relevant domains, will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master degree.

A short-list of candidates will be defined in the first stage of the evaluation based on the application submitted by email. The short-listed applicants will likely be required to attend an interview at CAUP for the second stage of the evaluation. If necessary the interview will be done by teleconference. Following the second stage the contracts will be offered according to the ordering proposed by the selection committee.

For inquires and submission of applications please contact Dr. Nuno C. Santos.

The deadline for application is the 31th of May 2010.

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

Selection Committee
Nuno C. Santos
Mario J.P.F.G. Monteiro
Jorge F. Gameiro

Publication date
5th of March, 2010

The period for application submission has ended for this opportunity.