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Call for Scientific Initiation Studentships

Ref: IA2016-09-BIC

A call for up to 5 (five) Scientific Initiation Studentships (Bolsa de Iniciação Científica, BIC) is open at the Centro de Investigação em Astronomia/Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP), for the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), in the context of research activities conducted by the IA Thematic Lines.

The positions are offered in the context of the project FIS/04434 with financial support provided by the FCT through national funds and by FEDER through COMPETE2020 and PT2020 agreement (refª POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007672).

The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) assembles more than two-thirds of all active researchers working in Space Sciences in Portugal, and is responsible for an even greater fraction of the national productivity in international ISI journals in this area. The research and development effort at IA includes most of the topics at the forefront of research in Astrophysics ans Space Sciences, complementary by work on instrumentation and systems with potential use in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

This call is open under the following conditions:

1.- Scientific area: Astronomy and Astrophysics

2.- Requirements for admission: The applicants must be students training in the areas of Astronomy, Physics and Physical Engineering, registered for the first time in one of the following degrees in a Portuguese University:
  • first cycle (first degree) in astronomy, physics, or related,
  • integrated master in physical engineering, or related.
3.- Work plan: Successful applicants will be developing a project at the IA, supervised by an IA researcher. A list of the available projects can be found here. BIC holders shall have access to IA facilities, including a work space. All candidates must present the outcome of their research at one of the seminars organized by the IA. At the end of the grant, successful candidates will received a certificate.

4.- Legislation framework: The fellowship contract will comply with the 'Regulamento de Bolsas e Investigação da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia' existing (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/docs/RegulamentoBolsasFCT.pdf) and 'Lei nº 40/2004, de 18 de Agosto (Estatuto do Bolseiro de InvestigaçãoCientífica)'. The IA regulation for the ''Incentive Program for the Training of Excellence of Young Researchers in Astrophysics and Space Sciences'' should also be consulted.

5.- Place of work: The work be developed at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço - Porto node, under the scientific guidance of an IA researcher.

6.- Fellowship duration: Each scholarship is opened for three months and will begin on March 2017, in accordance with the provisions of Regulation of Research Fellowships from the FCT. The BICs cannot be accumulated with any other grant. Each student can only receive on BIC in the context of this program.

7.- Monthly allowance: The fellowship amounts to €385,00/month, according to table values of the fellowships awarded directly by FCT (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores). The fellowship will be paid monthly by bank transfer.

8.- Selection method: Candidates will be assessed by the quality of their CV (40%) and their academic record (60%).

9.- Selection committee:
10.- Publication/notification of results: The selected candidates will be notified by e-mail.

11.- Deadlines: This call for applications is open from September 15th to November 30th, 2016.

12.- Application: The applications may be submitted through this webpage and should include the following information/documents:
  • Title of the project to be developed, proposed by an IA supervisor and chosen by the candidate - a list of possible projects is available here;
  • Copy of the student's updated academic record;
  • Brief curriculum vitae (1 page) with relevant additional information.
Applicants from persons with physical disabilities will received equal consideration to the extent their disabilities do not prevent them form performing the defined work tasks.

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

For inquires please contact Dr. Catarina Lobo.

Publication Date
31 August 2016

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
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