GREAT-ITN Recruitment: Centro de Astrofisica da Universidade do Porto

Project Title: Planet architectures and stellar age
Dr Nuno Santos (
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The full exploitation of the scientific potential of Gaia astrometric detections of planetary systems will be achieved by combining Gaia data on exoplanets with precise radial-velocity measurements. The main focus of the project will be on the development of tools to carry out simultaneous radial-velocity and astrometric orbital fits. The tools developed will be applied in several cases. In particular we will focus on the search and characterisation of planets around active (young and low-mass) stars and multi-planet systems.
The fellowship has a total duration of 36 months. We expect the student to start the doctoral program at the University of Porto in September 2011. The research will be based in CAUP/Porto and conducted in close collaboration with INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Turin (OATo). A secondment to OATo of at least six months is planned.

Important Eligibility Information concerning ESRs:

Early-stage researchers are those who are, at the time of selection by the host institution, in the first four years (full time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. Researchers are normally required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers in a network:

At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. As far as international European interest organisations or international organisations are concerned, this rule does not apply to the hosting of eligible researchers, however the appointed researcher must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the selection by the host organisation in the same appointing organisation.