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Scientific scholarship

Applications are invited for a research scholarship under the National Science Center (NCN)-funded project at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of the Polish Science Academy (CAMK PAN), in Warsaw, Poland, in the field of extragalactic distance scale. CAMK PAN is the leading astrophysical institute in Poland, hosting about 50 staff researchers and 30 PhD students. CAMK PAN scientists participate in many international projects.


The successful applicant will work with Prof. Grzegorz Pietrzyński on the project “Massive eclipsing binaries as a perfect laboratory measuring cosmic distances and studying stellar evolution” funded by the National Science Centre. 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. Since the team operates a dedicated observatory located at Cerro Armazones (on the same place where the E-ELT is being built) experience in instrumentation and dedication to observations will be an advantage. The project may also include modeling of the observed eclipsing binary systems and a mass analysis of data. A knowledge of a modern programming language (e.g. Python) and other computer skills will be an asset. Generous funding for travel and excellent working environment is secured. The scholarship may be used to fund a doctoral scholarship at CAMK PAN.


Funding: This offer is accompanied by a scholarship competition from the National Science Center (NCN) Beethoven Classic project, number 2018/31/G/ST9/03050, entitled "Massive eclipsing binaries as a perfect laboratory measuring cosmic distances and studying stellar evolution" lead by Professor Grzegorz Pietrzyński as the Principal Investigator. The scholarship amounts at 4500 PLN/month gross including compulsory social security contributions financed by both the insured person and the payer of the contributions and it is available for a period up to 31.12.2023. During the period of receiving the scholarship, the scholarship holder cannot receive remuneration from NCN funds under employment contract or civil law contracts (full-time remuneration, additional remuneration). NCN scholarships may be collected within the framework of more than one research project financed from NCN's resources with the assumption that the total amount of collected research fellowships may not exceed the amount of PLN 4,500 per month.


Subject of the project:Massive eclipsing binaries as a perfect laboratory measuring cosmic distances and studying stellar evolution.


Tasks to be performed:

  1. Investigation of Semi-detached binaries and their application as the cosmic distance indicators.

  2. Work on the extension and application of the WD and Phoebe code.

  3. Performing astronomical observations of binaries and other distance indicators.

  4. Participation in other project tasks connected with different types of binaries that have observational signatures in multi-messenger and high energy domains.



  • meeting eligibility conditions for the position specified below in the field of astronomy/astrophysics; 

The NCN scholarship may be awarded to a person who, at the moment of commencing the tasks in the project, meets any of the following criteria:

a) is a student of full-time or part-time second-cycle studies, implemented in universities in the territory of the Republic of Poland;

b) is a student of at least fourth year of full-time studies or part-time uniform master's studies, implemented in universities in the territory of the Republic of Poland;

c) is a doctoral student, a participant in doctoral programmes provided by an authorised organisational unit of a higher education institution, a research institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences or an international research institute established on the territory of the Republic of Poland on the basis of separate legislation;

d) is a participant in a doctoral seminar and is working on preparing a doctoral dissertation.

  • theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of extragalactic distance scale; 

  • excellent computer and programming skills, including the knowledge of a modern programming languages and script languages; 

  • some experience in analysis of large databases of numerical simulation outputs; 

  • good English language skills. 


Applicants should apply including:

  1. CV including a list of scientific achievements and experience in accordance with § 3 point 12 (describing the selection criteria) of the "Regulations on awarding NCN scholarships in research projects financed by the National Science Center" (Annex to the NCN Council Resolution No. 25/2019 of March 14, 2019) available here;

  2. information clause (signed) available here (format PDF);

  3. copy of the master diploma;

  4. at least one recommendation letter.


Documents should be submitted by email entitled: “Beethoven 3 scholarship” to:  recruitment@camk.edu.pl  by 13th February 2022, 24:00 CET as the latest.


The Competition Committee reserves the right to:

• interview selected candidates who, on the basis of the information contained in the submitted documents, were given the highest scores (selected candidates will be informed by email about the date of the interview);

• to cancel the competition or not to select a candidate for the scholarship.


The expected date of selecting the winning candidacy is 22 nd February 2022.

The commencement of work in the project is planned for 1st March 2022.

Supervisor: prof. Grzegorz Pietrzyński (contact: pietrzyn@camk.edu.pl)

Location: Warsaw, Poland