Post-Doc fellowship at INAF – Catania

Deadline: August 11th, 2020

Announcement for the opening of an international call to hire a Post-Doc researcher to study stellar rotation and magnetic activity in preparation for the PLATO space mission.

Ref: D.D. n. 100/2020

The Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) opens an international call based on qualifications and possibly integrated by an interview, to hire a postdoctoral researcher, under a fixed-term contract, to work at the Astrophysical Observatory of Catania (Italy) in the field of “Stellar activity and rotation studies in preparation for the ESA space mission PLATO” .

Starting date: 15st September 2020
Application until: 11th of August 2020, h 13:00 CEST +02:00
Where: INAF – Astrophysical Observatory of Catania
Supervisors: Antonino F. Lanza; Sergio Messina
Duration of contract: 12 months (with possible extension provided the financial funding)
Salary: €2340 per month (12 months per year) due to reduced taxation on this kind of positions.


The successful candidate will carry out the following activities, under the scientific supervision of the Prof. Antonino F. Lanza and of Dr. Sergio Messina:

  • Specification, development, and testing of the algorithms for the analysis of PLATO light curves for the purposes of stellar rotation and activity studies;
  • Development and documentation of computer codes for the application of the above algorithms.

Profile’s requirements 

The eligible candidates both from the European Community and non-European countries must have obtained either a Master degree either in Physics, Astronomy or Astrophysics, followed by three years of scientific experience, a PhD in Physics, astronomy, or astrophysics.

For further information about ineligibility and incompatibility, please see the Call for applications.

How to apply 

Applications, with attached CV and any document or publication deemed useful for the purposes of this competition must be submitted, in Italian or in English, exclusively via mail at the following PEC address: and must arrive not later than h. 13:00 (CEST +02:00) of August 11th, 2020.
Late arrival will not be considered.

More information about to how to take part in the selection can be found in the Announcement.


For further scientific information about the position and planned activities, please contact the Scientific Responsibles:

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