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Oferta postdoc en Brasil

University of Sao Paulo (USP)
Fecha inicio solicitud: 
Vie, 22/10/2010
Fecha límite solicitud: 
Lun, 15/11/2010


Postdoctoral Fellowships on High Precision Abundance Analysis

Pre-applications are invited for two positions as postdoctoral fellows
at the Astronomy Department of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in
Brazil, to work with Dr. Jorge Melendez on high precision chemical
abundance analyses of F-G-K-M stars, to uncover previously unnoticed
subtle effects, such as potential signatures of terrestrial planets in
the chemical composition of stars. The successful candidates will be
supported for a formal application to FAPESP, the local funding agency.
USP is ranked within the top two best Latin America universities, and
its Astronomy Department has 32 permanent staff, about 20 postdoctoral
researchers and more than 50 MSc and PhD students.

The candidate is expected to work on analyzing spectra of excellent
quality (very high resolution and high S/N) for any of the following
on-going projects: (i) high precision abundances in metal-poor turn-off
stars, (ii) Mg isotopes in K dwarfs, (iii) solar twins, (iv) stellar
parameters and abundances in giant stars, (v) spectral synthesis of M
dwarfs. A superb dataset of high resolution high S/N Keck and VLT
spectra is already available for some of the above programs and more
observations are being acquired to develop studies at unprecedented
accuracy and precision. For some of the above projects there are
opportunities for collaborations with astronomers at MPA (Germany),
Carnegie (USA), Stromlo (Australia), among others. The fellow will also
be encouraged to pursue an independent research program for part of
his/her time.

The position is for two years with the possibility of extension for a
third year contingent on performance. The starting date is negotiable
(between 04/2011 – 09/2011). Monthly salary (tax free) is R$5029 (about
3000 US$). A postdoc research/travel budget of R$9050 per year will be
available. Airfare + R$5029 (to help with relocation) will be paid for
fellows from abroad.

Candidates are expected to hold a PhD granted between January 2005 and
August 2011. They should send a cover letter indicating in which of the
project(s) listed above they would like to collaborate, their curriculum
vitae (including a publication list) and an outline of their independent
research programs (indicating the fraction of time that they would like
to spend for their own research), by November 15, 2010. Late
applications will be accepted until the posts are filled. Applications
should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Jorge Melendez (jorge en
The candidates should also arrange for two reference letters (electronic
submission as pdf preferred) to arrive by the same date. A decision on
the pre-selection is expected by late November, and a final decision is
expected 3 months after an application is submitted to the funding