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Postdoctoral position on stars in globular clusters

The Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC), in Warsaw, Poland, announces a competition for a 7 months postdoctoral position to work with Dr. Rodolfo Smiljanic on the project “Near-UV stellar spectroscopy: uncovering the past and building the future” funded by the Polish National Science Center.


The project includes work to model the near-UV photometric properties of stars from the multiple stellar populations of globular clusters.


Applications are welcome from candidates with background in any aspect of observational, theoretical, or computational stellar or Galactic astrophysics. The ideal candidate has solid programming skills. Previous research experience on any of the following topics would be an asset: resolved and unresolved stellar populations, globular clusters and/or metal-poor stars.


The starting date is to some extent negotiable but could be as early as December 2022.

The salary of the successful candidate will be competitive and comparable to that of Polish researchers in the same career stage, exceeding PLN 8000 gross per month.


Candidates are expected to have a valid PhD degree in astronomy/astrophysics obtained within 7 years from the date of starting the employment (career breaks such as for maternity/paternity leave can be taken into account).


Application should be sent by e-mail (as pdf files) to

Preference will be given to applications received before October 21st, 2022, but late applications will be considered until the position is filled.


Candidates should submit the following documents:
(1) a copy of their PhD diploma or a binding statement of its date of completion,
(2) a CV including the list of publications,
(3) a short statement of research achievements and interests (maximum 2 pages),

(4) a scan of the signed GDPR form (NCN GDPR document available at


In addition, at least one letter of recommendation should be arranged and sent directly by their author to the same e-mail address above.


The selection criteria include:

1. the candidate's research achievements including publications in prestigious academic press /journals (50% of the final score);

2. research-related achievements, scholarships, awards and research experience gained in Poland or abroad, research workshops and training courses, participation in research projects (20% of the final score);

3. the candidate’s competence to carry out specific tasks in the research project (30% of the final score).


Questions about the position can be sent to