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Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
Research Assistant Scholarships

Ref: CAUP2012-04UnF-BI

The Centro de Astrofisica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP) opens a call for:
  • 1 "Bolsa de Investigação" for a PhD level student with a maximum duration of 1-year;
  • 2 "Bolsas de Investigação" for Master students with a maximum duration of 1-year.

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 are to be started at the 1st of November 2012 at the latest. The successful candidates are expected to pursue research in the following fields:
  • Extra-solar planet searches using radial-velocity and/or transit techniques
  • Astrophysical limitations to the detection of Earth like planets
  • Spectroscopic analysis of stars with planetary systems
  • Other relevant topics in the field of extra-solar planet research (e.g. planetary atmospheres)

According to the rules of the National Science Foundation FCT, the yearly incomes of the different fellowships are the following (tax free): 11 760 euros for PhD-level students, and 8 940 euros for Master level students.

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

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, and indication of which position the candidate is applying for;
    • Curriculum Vitae (up to 4 pages);
    • 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.

Only applications from candidates having an adequate background in Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics, or other relevant domains, will be considered. The Master fellowships are only valid if the student is officially accepted in a Masters degree course (dissertation year).

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. The contracts will then 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 10th of June 2012.

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

Selection Committee
Nuno C. Santos
Pedro Figueira
Sérgio Sousa

Publication Date
15th March 2012

The period for application submission has ended for this opportunity.