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Postdoctoral position on stars in globular clusters

Applications are invited for one postdoctoral position at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC), in Warsaw, Poland, to work on the near-UV photometric and spectroscopic properties of stars from the multiple stellar populations of globular clusters.

The successful applicant will work with Dr Rodolfo Smiljanic on the project “Near-UV stellar spectroscopy: uncovering the past and building the future” funded by the Polish National Science Center.

The project includes work to improve the computation of synthetic stellar spectrum and spectral energy distribution in the near UV (~300-400 nm) and to compute near-UV colours for globular cluster stars. This work might also be potentially important for the development of a new near-UV spectrograph for the ESO VLT.

The ideal candidate has a background in observational astrophysics with experience in the analysis of medium- and high-resolution stellar spectra. Previous work on stars in globular clusters and/or metal-poor stars is an important asset.

The position will be for 2 years with a possible extension for a third year, depending on performance. The starting date is to some extent negotiable but could be as early as November 2019.

The gross monthly salary will be of 8376 PLN (net monthly: 5900 PLN - about 1390 EUR) and a travel budget is available. Candidates are expected to have a valid PhD degree in astronomy/astrophysics obtained within 7 years from the date of starting the employment (career breaks such as for maternity/paternity leave can be taken into account).


The application should be sent by e-mail (as pdf files) to: recruitment@camk.edu.pl by August 31th 2019.

Review of the applications shall commence immediately after that and interviews with short listed candidates will be scheduled for the second half of September 2019.

Candidates should submit the following documents:

(1) a copy of their PhD diploma or a binding statement of its date of completion,

(2) a CV including the list of publications,

(3) a short statement of research achievements and interests (maximum 3 pages);

(4) a scan of the signed GDPD form (NCN GDPD document available at:  https://www.camk.edu.pl/en/about/ochrona-danych-osobowych/),

In addition, at least two letters of recommendation should be arranged and sent directly by their authors to the same e-mail address.

Questions about the position can be sent to: rsmiljanic@camk.edu.pl