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Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship, lasting up to 12 months, in any of its fields of research. Priority is given to applicants whose PhD work and current research interests will provide a relevant contribution for 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 27 researchers (and also 13 Ph.D. students and several MSc students). The research activities at CAUP cover the following topics:

  • Origin and Evolution of Stars and Planets (Star Formation and Early Evolution, Extra-solar Planets, Stellar Populations and Evolution of Stars)
  • Galaxies and Evolution of the Universe (Physical Properties of Galaxies, Observational Cosmology)
Both theoretical and observational work is pursued by the teams, as well as the scientific support of the development of astronomical instrumentation in these fields.

As a CAUP member the postdoctoral fellow will have access to all facilities, including also travel money for participating in conferences and staff exchange. The funds come from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Financiamento Plurianual), with support from FEDER. The monthly allowance is defined by FCT regulations (1495 euros – there are no taxes). As a member of CAUP the fellow may also apply for longer-term funding to extend the fellowship.

Applicants should forward (preferably, by email):

  • letter of motivation and 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 10th to the 31st of May 2010 and the contracts will start as soon as possible (and by the 1st of September at the latest). The inquiries on the applications and on the details of the grants, as well as the application (a PDF file sent by email is the preferred option) should be directed to:
Mário João P. F. G. Monteiro

Selection Committee:
Mário J. P. F. G. Monteiro
Nuno C. Santos
Carlos J. A. P. Martins

Publication Date:
27th of April, 2010

The period for application submission has ended for this opportunity.