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One post-doctoral research fellowship position in the field of Cosmology and the Evolution of the Universe

Ref: IA2017-11-BPD

The Centro de Investigação em Astronomia/Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP) opens a call for 1 post-doctoral research fellowship (Bolsa de Pós-Doutoramento) in the field of ''Unveiling the Dynamics of the Universe'' at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).

The position is offered in the context of the project FIS/04434 with financial support provided by FCT through national funds and by FEDER through COMPETE2020 - Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização (POCI) 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 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.

Requirements for admission: The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree by the date of submission.

Research work plan: The successful candidate will participate in the forecast of the ability of LISA to constrain the stochastic gravitational wave background generated by cosmic defects.

Legislation framework: The fellowship contract will comply with the ''Lei nº 40/2004 de 18 de Agosto (Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação) and ''Regulamento de Bolsas e Investigação da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia'' in force (http://fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/docs/RegulamentoBolsasFCT.pdf).

Place of work: The work will be developed at IA, in Porto, under the scientific guidance of one of the researchers of the respective IA Thematic Line.

Fellowship duration: The position is opened for 3 months and could be renewed for 3 more months. It will preferably start on January 2018.

Monthly allowance: According to the FCT table values (http:www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores), the monthly allowance will be €1495 (tax free) and will be paid monthly by bank transfer. The fellowship holder will have a personal accident insurance. Funds for traveling (conferences, collaborations, observing missions) are also available.

Application:
The application, to be submitted through the web form below, should include the following information:

- Cover letter with a brief description of the candidate's experience and motivation;
- Curriculum Vitae (up to 4 pages in 10pt size format at minimum) and a scan of the PhD degree diploma;
- A complete list of scientific publications;
- Name and contact details (position, email, address) of two referees, available to provide information about the candidate (to be contacted if considered necessary to clarify the information provided in the remaining documents).

Selection criteria and evaluation:
The applicant must have completed a PhD degree. Only applications from candidates having an adequate background in Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics, or other relevant domains, will be considered. The curricular evaluation of the candidates will be done based on:

- Cover letter (10%);
- CV, including the relevance of their publications (50%);
- Relevance and adequacy of previous research experience and research plan to the priorities of the team and of IA (40%).

Awarding of the contract:
Following the evaluation process the contracts will be offered according to the ordering proposed by the selection committee. The positions will be granted only if suitable candidates are found. Only candidates with a minimum grade of 60% will be accepted. The selected candidates will be notified by e-mail.

Deadlines: The call for applications is open from 8 to 22 December 2017.

Selection Committee:
Francisco Lobo
José Afonso (chair)
João Lima

Publication Date:
22 November 2017





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