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Research Positions at IST/CENTRA Lisbon

2 Research Positions in Observational Astrophysics at CENTRA

Deadline:  September 17th , 2008

The Multidisciplinary Center for Astrophysics (CENTRA) ( offers two research positions in the fields of observational astrophysics.

CENTRA is a research center of the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, one of the oldest and largest schools of Science and Engineering in Portugal. IST is a member of CLUSTER, the prestigious network of leading European Universities of Technology. CENTRA develops scientific activities in the fields of observational astronomy and theoretical physics namely on high energy physics, astrophysics and cosmology.

A successful candidate will join CENTRA and is expected to work on the determination of cosmological parameters, with emphasis in data acquisition, analysis and interpretation.

The final selection of candidates for the open positions will be subject to a decision from FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia) .


To do research work in an active group with large experience in observational astrophysics (cosmology with supernovae, cosmology with CMB and large scale structure formation).

A successful candidate is expected to participate at the research activity at CENTRA, to lead research projects having as scientific goal the determination of cosmological parameters, with emphasis in data acquisition, analysis and interpretation. He/She is also expected to participate in graduation and post-graduation programs organized by CENTRA, including teaching duties.

A successful candidate will receive a salary in accordance with the university regulations for a senior researcher. The contract offered will have duration of up to 5 years, renewed yearly based on mutual agreement. The annual gross income, before taxes, will be 3.101,87 Euros x 14 months.


Applicants must possess a PhD in one of the following areas: physics, astrophysics, astronomy, particle physics, high energy physics.

Candidates should have a high quality research record and at least 3 years of post-doctoral research experience. The successful candidates are expected to do research in the areas listed above. More information can be obtained in:

or by email to


By email to with the following information:

  • Identification of the candidate
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • Statement of purpose for the period of the contract.

The  CENTRA is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer.

Organization/institute: Instituto Superior Tecnico - Multidisciplinary Center for Astrophysics-CENTRA

Av. Rovisco Pais, 1
Lisboa - 1049-001


The two research positions are supported  by CIÊNCIA 2008:

last update 2008 August 13, 11:37 by Steve Torchinsky