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Scholarship on spectroscopy of metal-poor stars

The Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center is opening a call for one scholarship to work on the abundance analysis of high-resolution spectra of metal-poor stars. The scholarship is available to graduate students currently enrolled or accepted for the year 2019/2020 in a doctoral school in the fields of astrophysics, astronomy and physics.


The position is open for 3 years (however, no later than the end of the project duration), expected starting November 1st, 2019.


A competitive salary of 4500 PLN/month is being offered in the framework of the OPUS NCN Polish grant “Near-UV stellar spectroscopy: uncovering the past and building the future” (no: 2018/31/B/ST9/01469), led by dr hab. Rodolfo Smiljanic. The salary includes the doctoral scholarship (art. 209 of the Polish law on higher education and science).


The candidate will work with dr. hab. R. Smiljanic on the analysis of near-UV (300-400 nm) spectra of metal-poor stars, to determine stellar properties and chemical abundances for a study of the origins of the r-process nucleosynthesis.


Previous experience with spectroscopy, studies of metal-poor stars and/or the physics of heavy-elements (heavier than Fe) will be an advantage.


Applicants should submit an application including:
- a CV;
- a scan of signed GDPD form - available from: (NCN DGPD documents);
- a copy of the most important diploma (master, engineer, bachelor) - including the list of course grades;
- as well as information on research experience (participation in research projects, publications, awards, etc) and research interests;
- at least one recommendation letter.


The deadline for application is: October 13, 2019.

Applications should be sent in the PDF format

Additional information can be obtained from:

This competition is independent from the recruitment for the GeoPlanet Doctoral School at NCAC (