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|Planet-satellite interactions and the detection of exo-moons||Closing date: 2017-09-08
Contact: Alexandre Correia
|The Physics Department of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, invites applications for a research fellowship in "Planet-satellite interactions and the detection of exo-moons" under the EngageSKA program. The research grant is for one-year, eventually renewable up to three years. It can be used to carry out a PhD degree at the University of Aveiro.|
The existence and properties of a planet's magnetic field can be diagnosed using the lowest frequencies of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA is unlikely to be able to detect magnetic fields on terrestrial planets if they are of similar strength to the Earth's since they will emit at too low a frequency. Much more likely are detections of Jovian planets. Here there is considerable interest in the potential to detect exo-moons that are difficult to detect in any other way. Jovian moons leave an imprint on the pattern of auroral emission, which is then revealed as periodic modulation of the radio emission. This can be the case whether the exo-moon itself has a magnetic field (e.g. Ganymede) or not (e.g. Io). If the exo-moons are icy and magnetic then they also hold out the prospect of hosting biological activity. The successful applicant is expected to do research on the planet-satellite interactions (magnetic, but also tidal), in order to prepare the future SKA observations.
ENGAGE SKA is a Research Infrastructure included since 2013 in the National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of Strategic Relevance. ENGAGE SKA is the Portuguese node for the ESFRI SKA project and leads the national participation in the SKA. ENGAGE SKA promotes and fosters Science and Industry activities for radioastronomy capacitation and related areas.
Qualifications: Applicants must have concluded an academic 5 year degree (master) in Maths, Physics, Geophysics or Astronomy. The research will involve the use of computer simulations and theoretical analysis.
Application deadline: 8th September 2017
Expecting starting date: October 2017
Host institution: Gr @ v, Physics Department, University of Aveiro, PORTUGAL (EU). http://gravitation.web.ua.pt/
Type of contract: 1+1+1 year Fellowship:
Salary: 980 EUR / month (tax free)
Benefits include social security and 22 vacation days.
Job Reference: FCT-BPD-Planets
Candidates should contact Prof. Alexandre Correia (correia @ ua.pt) before 8th September 2017, with the following documents:
1. CV (including publication list)
2. Cover Letter detailing the motivation and background for applying to this position.
3. Name and contact of 2 scientists who can provide a letter of recommendation.
4. Copy of all academic degrees diplomas.
5. List of all subjects in the academic degrees with ranks.
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