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Post-doctoral positions in observational astronomy ("Extragalactic distance scale")

Applications are invited for 2 postdoctoral positions at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC), in Warsaw, Poland, in the field of extragalactic distance scale. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Grzegorz Pietrzynski on the project “A sub-percent distance scale from binaries and Cepheids” funded by the European Research Council. The work will include the analysis of  high-resolution spectra, optical and near infrared photometry with the aim to measure precise and accurate distances to Galactic and extragalactic objects.

NCAC is the leading astrophysical institute in Poland, hosting about 50 staff researchers and 30 PhD students. NCAC scientists participate in many international projects, e.g., BRITE, Herschel, CTA, SALT, ATHENA.

All the positions are available for three years with a possibility to extend up to five years. The preferred starting date is December 2016, but is to some extent negotiable. The salary of the successful candidate will be comparable to that of Polish researchers at the same career stage. The candidates for postdoc positions are expected to have a valid PhD degree in astronomy at the starting date.

Applications (in pdf format) should be sent to pietrzyn@camk.edu.pl and must include a CV with list of publications, a copy of the PhD diploma, and a short statement of research achievements and plans (maximum 2 pages). For full consideration, applications should be received by November 7th, 2016. The review of the applications will begin soon after this date and continue until the position is filled.