04/02/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Research (PhD) position in modeling and characterization of asteroids

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Belgrade
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    AstronomyAstrophysics
    AstronomyOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/03/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Serbia › Belgrade
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37.5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/11/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813644

As a part of a pan-European research project, the STARDUST-Reloaded, founded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union, the Department of Astronomy of the University of Belgrade, offers a fully funded 3-year research position in asteroidal science. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Bojan Novaković.

Our current knowledge of the orbital and size distribution of a very small asteroids, down to few tens of meters in size may not be fully appropriate. Some available estimations are based only on indirect evidence, such as disruption rate of main belt asteroids. The asteroid belt is also subject to evolutionary processes, but so far, no model has included all the important processes affecting asteroid evolution. Besides, new models still have to be successfully tested against known constraints.

The successful candidate will focus on project aiming to better understand the orbital and size distribution of small asteroids, below 100 meters in size. To achieve project's goals the candidate should study dynamical and collisional evolution of asteroids in this size range, combine this in a single self-consistent model, and test the model against all available constraints.

In addition, the candidate will work on characterization of near Earth asteroids and should define a criticality index that should provide a measure of how easy the asteroid is to deflect with a given deflection method, and how interesting the asteroid is to explore and to exploit.

The successful candidate will undertake two secondments during the project. The first one will take place at the University of Pisa to work with Prof. Giovanni Federico Gronchi, and the second one will be at the European Space Agency to work with Dr. Detlef Koschny. Each secondment is foreseen to last 3 months.

The candidate will be also expected to attend all schools and training events organized within the Stardust-Reloaded ITN. A participation in outreach activities and collaboration with other ESRs will be a part of duties.

 

Benefits

The successful candidate will be employed according to the regulations of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Initial Training Networks (ITN) and the employment conditions of the University of Belgrade. The salary will be about € 2,800.00 gross per month, plus a family allowance that will be paid should the researcher have family. A respective benefits package and a research budget for travel and other expenses will be also provided.

 

Selection process

  • After the closing date, all applications will be reviewed and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview, based on the requirements of the job outlined above.
  • Shortlisted candidates will then receive an email invitation outlining the format of the interview.
  • We will also ask you to undertake a task or test as part of the interview process. Details will be provided along with the email invitation for the interview.

Additional comments

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae (CV), transcripts of their university grades and a cover letter explaining their motivation and research interests to Dr. Bojan Novaković, by e-mail bojan@matf.bg.ac.rs (cc to info@stardust-network.eu). They should also arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the same email address. Please prepare your CV using this template.

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Astronomy: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Mathematics: Master Degree or equivalent

Skills/Qualifications

Candidates with previous experience in any asteroid-related projects are particularly encouraged to apply. Knowledge of computer programming (Fortran, C, Python, Bash scripting) and numerical modeling would be an important advantage.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity. The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Specific Requirements

 

 

 

All qualified candidates irrespective of gender or nationality are welcome to apply as long as the following conditions have been fulfilled:

  • Applicants should hold (or expect to obtain soon) a Masters degree in Astronomy, Planetary Science, Physics, Mathematics or related fields.
  • Applicants should have good oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Applicants should have no more than 4 years of experience after graduation.
  • Applicants should not have resided or performed their main activity in Serbia for more than 12 months in the 3 year period immediately prior to the starting date.
  • Applicants should have the minimum grade average of 8.0 out of 10.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Belgrade
Serbia
Belgrade
11000
Studentski trg 16

EURAXESS offer ID: 376854

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