Postdoc position under the project “PLATO Fasi B/C” at the Observatory of Catania

The Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, part of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), invites applications for a Post Doctoral fellowship on the subject “Methods for stellar rotation and magnetic activity measurements in preparation for the ESA space mission PLATO” funded by “PLATO Fasi B/C” project.

Job Reference: D.D. n. 238/2021
Application deadline:  20 August 2021, 1pm CET
Starting date: 1st October 2021
Where: INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
Duration of the contract: 12 months (with possible extension within the limit of 6 years)

Job Tasks 

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

Profile’s requirements 

  • Master degree either in Physics, Astronomy or Astrophysics followed by three years scientific experience


  • PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or Astrophysics

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, filling the attached forms (Annexes 1, and 2 the latter only for EU citizens) exclusively via mail at the following PEC address: and must arrive not later than h. 13:00 (local time) of 20th August 2021.

Please read the detailed instructions in the Call for Applications.