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FCT PhD and Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Ref: IA2015-01-BD-BPD

The Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) opened a call for PhD and Post-Doctoral fellowships. The positions are for up to 4 and 6 years, respectively for PhD and Post-Doctoral applications (tuition fees are covered in the case of PhD fellowships). The selection is done by FCT.

The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) welcomes pre-applications until April 28th, 2015.

IA is the most prominent research unit in the field of Astrophysics in Portugal, assembling more than two-thirds of all active researchers working in Space Sciences in Portugal. IA is responsible for an even greater fraction of the national productivity in international ISI journals in this area. This is the scientific area with the highest relative impact factor (1.65 times above the international average) and the field with the highest average number of citations per article for Portugal.

The research and development effort at the IA includes most of the topics at the forefront of research in Astrophysics and Space Sciences, complemented by work on instrumentation and systems with potential use in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

IA activities are structured around three Research Groups
  1. Origin and Evolution of Stars and Planets
  2. Galaxies, Cosmology, and the Evolution of the Universe
  3. Instrumentation and Systems
and five Thematic Lines
  1. Towards the detection and characterization of other Earths
  2. Towards a comprehensive study of stars
  3. The assembly history of galaxies resolved in space and time
  4. Unveiling the dynamics of the Universe
  5. Space and Ground Systems and Technologies

It is considered strategically important for IA to be optimally placed to contribute to the development and exploitation of large projects within the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), besides other international initiatives.

Pre-applications should include:
  • cover letter with a brief description of the candidate's motivation and an indication of the geographical location where the candidate would like to carry out the research work (either Porto, Lisbon, or any of the two), as well as the name(s) of the supervisor(s) if already defined;
  • curriculum vitae (up to 4 pages) and complete list of publications (if applicable);
  • brief summary of the research project (for Post-Doctoral applications only);
  • name and contact of up to two referees available to provide information about the candidate (to be contacted if necessary).

For PhD candidates, applications for work programs with external co-supervision will also be welcome. For further inquires and requests of information please use the contact below or contact directly a potential supervisor in IA.

Each proposal will be reviewed by the selection committee. Following a positive outcome of the pre-selection the candidate may proceed with the submission of her/his application to FCT, with the support of IA. The deadline for submission of applications at the FCT web site is the 11th of May 2015, 17:00 WET (18:00 CET).

All applications must follow the FCT regulations for research grants.

For inquires please contact coordenacao@iastro.pt.

Please use the link at the bottom of this page to submit your application.

Selection Committee
José Afonso
Pedro P. Avelino
Alexandre Cabral
Margarida S. Cunha
Mário J. P. F. G. Monteiro
Polychronis Papaderos
José M. Rebordão
Nuno C. Santos
João J. G. Lima

Publication Date
9th of April, 2015



The period for application submission has ended for this opportunity.
Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia