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RT13 Workshop on "Dust Radiative Transfer - Codes and Benchmarks

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Registration is open now.

RT13 Workshop on "Dust Radiative Transfer - Codes and Benchmarks"

October, 9 - 11, 2013

Scientific Advisory Committee:

M. Baes (Belgium), A.C. Carciofi (Brasil), K. Gordon (USA), M. Juvela (Finnland), K. Misselt (USA), T. Robitaille (Germany), J. Steinacker (France)

Organized by J. Steinacker, K. Gordon & M. Baes.

The deadline for registration and abstract submission is the

31st of May 2013, 12:00 CET.

The number of participants is limited to 30.

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EWASS Gaia/GREAT session on Solar System Objects

Symposium S11 entitled "Gaia research for European Astronomy Training" at the EWASS meeting in Turku, Finland in July 8-12, 2013.

Within Symposium S11, Session 4 will be organized on "Solar System Objects". The goal of Session 4 is to assess the impact of the forecoming Gaia mission on our Solar System, in particular, on our knowledge of small Solar System bodies.

The invited speakers of Session 4 are (with tentative titles of the talks)

Paolo Tanga, Solar System with Gaia
Alberto Cellino, Asteroid taxonomy from Gaia observations
Dagmara Oszkiewicz, Lowell photometric and astrometric databases as precursors to Gaia

The abstracts are due on April 30, 2013: please see

http://www.astro.utu.fi/EWASS2013/ http://www.great-esf.eu/events/Turku-Jul13/

In abstract submission, choose Symposium S11 (PI Nicholas Walton) for Gaia Research for European Astronomy Training.

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PhD position Uppsala University

The Division of Astronomy and Space Physics at Uppsala University invites applications for PhD student positions. The positions are financed by Uppsala University, covering 4 years of PhD studies, and a successful applicant has the opportunity to choose and define one or more research projects within Astronomy or Space Physics. Information on current related research at Uppsala University can be found at http://www.physics.uu.se/astro/en/page/research.

Application deadline: May 15, 2013
Reference number: UFV-PA 2013/877

Applications have to be sent through the university's online application system at http://www2.personalavd.uu.se/jobb/appform.php?lang=en&case=UFV-PA%202013/877

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PhD positions in Space Physics

Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala

Applications are invited for a PhD student position to study plasma and dust around icy bodies in the solar system, in the context of the Cassini mission to Saturn and the Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Applications shall be sent, preferably by email, to: Registrator, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden, email: registrator@irf.se (tel. +46 980 79000). Reference: Dnr 2.2.1-72/13.

Last application date: May 15, 2013

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PhD position in Atomic Astrophysics

Announcement of a PhD position in Atomic Astrophysics. The doctoral student will work in the research field of atomic astrophysics, with an emphasis on experimental optical spectroscopy for near-infrared astronomy. Projects will also include analysis of astronomical spectra and atomic structure calculations. The emphasis is on high-resolution laboratory spectroscopy for astronomical applications, as well as some instrument and method development.

This position is at Malmö University, while the student will be admitted to doctoral studies at Lund University.

Deadline for application is April 30, 2013.

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PhD positions in Astronomy at Uppsala

the Division of Astronomy and Space Physics at Uppsala University invites applications for PhD student positions. The positions are financed by Uppsala University, covering 4 years of PhD studies, and a successful applicant has the opportunity to choose and define one or more research projects within Astronomy or Space Physics. To be eligible for a PhD student position candidates should have a basic university degree in physics, astronomy or astrophysics (at the MSc level) and fulfil the entry requirements for the PhD programme. More information about the positions and postgraduate education at Uppsala University can be found in the detailed announcement Application deadline: May 15, 2013 Reference number: UFV-PA 2013/877 More information


PhD student position in Bonn - Merger rate of NS-BH binaries

The expected detection of gravitational waves will open a new window to the Universe and compliment our knowledge of astrophysical sources obtained from photons and neutrinos. The advanced LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) detector, together with its European sister VIRGO and the German detector GEO 600, will be operational in 2014 and reach full sensitivity in 2015. The most promising candidate sources for transient burst detections of high-frequency gravitational waves (10 Hz - 10 kHz) are merging neutron stars (NS) and black holes (BH). These compact objects are formed in tight binaries and undergo spiral-in due to continuous emission of gravitational waves until they finally merge in a violent transient event.

The main aim of this project is to calculate theoretically the rate of such merging NS/BH in the local Universe using our best up-to-date knowledge of stellar and binary evolution. These results will be compared to the upcoming LIGO detection rates which will enable us to further constrain the input physics behind key binary stellar interactions. A second aim of this project is to better understand - and to quantify - the formation, the location, the properties and the lifetimes of Galactic recycled radio pulsars orbiting NS or BH. Whereas we know of 9 radio pulsars orbiting another NS we still have no detections of a radio pulsar orbiting a BH. With this project we hope to gain theoretical knowledge about such systems which will enhance the chance of success in future radio surveys. A third outcome of this study is therefore a better knowledge of the evolution of high-mass X-ray binaries.

To model the population of compact binaries the evolution of a large sample of binary star systems is needed in order to predict the number of both observable radio pulsars orbiting NS and BH as well as the LIGO detection rate of mergers. To achieve these goals we make use of advanced population synthesis techniques with Monte Carlo simulations and explore new aspects of massive binary stellar evolution for the first time.

Bibliography: R. Voss and T. M. Tauris (2003), MNRAS, 342, 1169-1184

The ideal candidate has a Masters degree in astrophysics, good programming skills in C++ and Fortran, excellent communication and English language skills, as well as a successful exam record. The project is funded by the DFG and will begin in the summer of 2013 (running for 36 months). Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of the Masters thesis research and a motivation for doing this PhD project (in PDF format) and two letters of reference, sent directly by e-mail to Dr. T. M. Tauris.

Consideration of applications will begin on April 18, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

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LSST Denmark Workshop - 16-17 May in Copenhagen

For the astronomy community in Denmark

Announcing a 1.5 day meeting about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

When: Thursday, 16 May, starting at 13.30; meeting closes at 14.00 on Friday, 17 May. There will be a Thursday evening dinner/event.

Where: Copenhagen (details coming - venue depends on number of participants)

Newly named LSST Director, Steven Kahn, is coming to Copenhagen. In honor of his visit, we are organizing a workshop about LSST science and how to get involved in the project. We expect around 10 participants from the US or Chile who are already working with LSST science to attend, and we hope that many Denmark-based researchers interested in getting involved will join in. For more info and to register, go to the workshop web page.

Registration deadline: Monday, April 15.

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Post doc job opening - Dark Cosmology Centre (DARK)

Announcing a 2-year (with possibility of extension) post doctoral position opening. The incumbent will work with Marianne Vestergaard and others at the Dark Cosmology Centre on ALMA observations of quasars and should have experience with sub-/mm observations, data processing and analysis.

The program supporting the position is designed to promote mobility for young researchers. We therefore seek a post doc who received a PhD outside of Denmark no more than 3 years ago at the start of the position (i.e., October 2010).

May 5, 2013 deadline.

Link to job ad at DARK:

http://dark.nbi.ku.dk/jobs/

About DARK DARK is a research center of excellence at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. The Centre offers an international, vibrant, young research environment with very active workshop and visitor programs, and ample opportunity for scientific and social interaction. DARK is the extra-galactic astrophysics and cosmology research group at the Niels Bohr Institute, and as such is a fully embedded and permanent part of the University. The Centre is home to 50+ staff, PhD and MSc students, with more two thirds of international origin.

Copenhagen is a beautiful, family-friendly city with a large international community, a lively and diverse cultural scene, and a high quality of life. English is widely spoken.

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TNG-NOT Joint Call for Proposals, 2013B

Following the recommendations to ASTRONET on the future use of Europe's 2-4m telescopes as presented in the ETSRC report (see www.astronet-eu.org/spip.php?article149&lang=en ), INAF and NOTSA, owners of the TNG and NOT telescopes on La Palma, Canary Islands, have agreed to enter into a closer collaboration. As an initial step toward a more comprehensive integration, an agreement has been signed for common use of facilities and services at their offices which are now located next to each other in San Antonio on La Palma.

Here we offer observing time at both telescopes for the two communities in a joint call for proposals for the coming semester 2013B (AOT28 in TNG nomenclature; Period 48 in NOT nomenclature). Note that the 2013B semester will start on the 1st of September for TNG and on the 1st of October for NOT.

There will be:

** 10 nights at TNG open for Nordic proposals*
** 20 nights at NOT open for Italian proposals*

The *deadline* for the submission of proposals is *12 UT on the 2nd of May 2013*.

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OBSERVING TIME AT THE NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE IN PERIOD 48

NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
PERIOD 48: OCTOBER 1, 2013 - APRIL 1, 2014

The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) invites applications for observing time in Period 48, October 1, 2013 - April 1, 2014. The deadline for receipt of the applications is:

Thursday, May 2, 2013, at UT 12.00 noon.

Important Announcement:

Following ASTRONET's recommendations on the future coordinated use of Europe's 2-4m telescopes, the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) and NOT telescopes on La Palma have agreed to enter into a closer collaboration and begin to jointly offer time at both telescopes to both communities in the next semester. See further details at http://www.tng-not.iac.es/. Accordingly, Nordic scientists can now submit normal observing proposals directly to the TNG, and vice versa.

Note: Late applications are not accepted. However, proposals for short programmes (< 4 hours) using fixed instrument setups are welcome at any time (see http://www.not.iac.es/observing/service/ ).

Applicants should carefully read the following instructions:

1: Proposals for projects of all sizes are welcome, large and small as well as medium-size. Pooling of related and synergistic proposals by consortia of groups with similar interests is encouraged. Programmes requiring one or more single-night periods may be executed in service mode on preassigned nights. Proposals should state whether or not service mode is desirable.

Applicants planning to propose Target-of-Opportunity or similar projects should contact the Head of Operations (tau@not.iac.es) in advance in order to discuss optimum strategies.

2: The proposal submission procedure is electronic. The Latex template and style files for Period 48 are available at the NOT web site: http://www.not.iac.es/observing/proposals/. Detailed instructions are provided in the template file itself and a README file; they should be followed carefully. Applicants should process and view the output of their files before submission in order to check that they process properly. Proposals using modified style files will not be accepted. Proposals requesting more than one observing run in the period (using different instruments on a project counts as separate runs) should specify them individually in the proposal as indicated.

3: Proposals should be submitted by e-mail before the above deadline to: proposal@not.iac.es, with the word "Proposal" both as Subject and as text. Automatic e-mail acknowledgement of receipt, with notification of any problems encountered in processing, is provided. Before the deadline, questions on proposal preparations or procedures may be sent to the same address with "Question" as the Subject.

4: Up-to-date information on instruments at NOT is found at http://www.not.iac.es/instruments/. Please note the following features for Period 48:

The fiber-coupled echelle spectrograph FIES is always ready for use, also in parallel with other instruments. It offers superior stability and recent enhancements, e.g. an Atmospheric Dispersion Compensator (ADC), which can also be used with ALFOSC or NOTCam. We expect that a high- precision polarizer for FIES will become available in period 48.

5: Proposals are reviewed without regard to the nationality of the applicant(s), but eligible non-Nordic proposals should be submitted via the OPTICON programme if possible (see below), and the total time allocated to 'foreign' projects, including OPTICON time, will be limited to ~15% of the Nordic time. This limit does not apply to Italian projects submitted under the joint call described above. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their proposal as soon as possible after the evaluation by the NOT Observing Programmes Committee and preparation of the observing schedule by the Director. Brief explanatory notes are provided to proposers, especially for rejected proposals. Note also that only 75% of the science time can be scheduled by NOTSA; the rest is Spanish time. Awards of observing time do not imply any other financial support from NOT.

6: The OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme provides access for external users to NOT and several other European telescopes with support from the European Union. NB: Proposals for OPTICON time are submitted and reviewed separately two months before the normal NOT proposals, and all eligible non-Nordic applicants should follow the OPTICON procedure. See http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7/tna/ for the next deadline and all details on this programme.

March 31, 2013
J. Andersen
Director, NOTSA

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EWASS 13 Symp.:`Stellar magnetic activity across the HR-diagram´

10.-11.7 2013, Turku, Finland

The goal of the symposium is to advance our understanding of magnetic fields, their origin, and the manifestations of magnetic activity in various types of stars ranging from the Sun to other rapidly rotating cool stars, hot early type stars and degenerate objects.

Deadline for registration: May 8, 2013.

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"Deaths of massive stars as supernovae and gamma-ray bursts"Symp

Deaths of massive stars as supernovae and gamma-ray bursts"
10-11 July 2013
Turku, Finland
http://users.utu.fi/sepmat/SNGRB.html

This Symposium is arranged as a part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) 2013 taking place on 8-12 July 2013.

The main science topics covered include:

* Core-collapse supernova progenitors
* Spectra and circumstellar interaction of core-collapse SNe
* Unusual transients and the synoptic surveys
* The supernova - gamma-ray burst connection
* Core-collapse SNe and GRBs as tracers of cosmic star formation

The deadline for early registration will be on 8th April.

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Nordic Physics Days: meeting in Lund 12-14 June 2013

The Nordic Physical Societies are organising a joint meeting June 12-14, 2013, at Lund University in Sweden.

This is the third in a series of bi-annual meetings (the previous meetings taking place in Copenhagen and Helsinki). These meetings have enjoyed a large attendance from a broader, physics community.

There will be two parallel sessions on astronomy and astrophysics, with Marianne Vestergaard and Joergen Christensen-Dalsgaard as invited speakers. There will also be a session on particle astrophysics with Joakim Edsjö as an invited speaker. There will be time for contributed talks. Together, these sessions will cover a broad range of topics with an emphasis of fields of particular interest to researchers in the Nordic region. Topics to include: cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, extreme astrophysics, solar and stellar physics, and exoplanets.

In addition to these three sessions, the plenary speakers include Carlos Frenk who will give a review talk on cosmology and Jocelyn Bell who will talk about pulsars.

Registration and talk abstract submission can be found at the meeting website.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is 15 March.

Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions.

With best regards, and looking forward to seeing you in June,

The astrophysics programme committee:
Melvyn B. Davies, Lund (Chair)
Susanne Aalto, Onsala
Hans Kjeldsen, Aarhus
Chris Flynn, Turku
Per Lilje, Oslo
Enn Saar, Tartu

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NOTSA Announcement of Opportunity for Large Projects

Dear NOT users,

We are aware that the rules and boundary conditions for this initiative were not very well-defined. We have endeavoured to provide clarification, but lacked the basis for clear answers. This is due to two developments:

1: On the one hand, the precise technical and financial basis for some projected major instrument developments has not materialised as fast as was hoped at the time; and

2: Following certain administrative rearrangements, notably in Denmark, the future budgetary outlook is also far from clear yet. A working group appointed by the NOTSA partners is addressing this issue on an urgent schedule, but clarification is not imminent.

Nonetheless, we have been advised to maintain the basic content and deadline of the AO, but wish to provide the following information on its interpretation and the likely subsequent sequence of events:

a: The key purpose of the AO is to provide evidence for the scientific interest of users for the NOT and their understanding that the past funding model and mode of operation cannot be maintained in the long term.

b: Accordingly, proposals are invited not only from large consortia; user groups of any size are invited to apply.

c: Given the above uncertainties - but the certainty that the present set of instruments will not change drastically in the near future - plans should focus on the next ~3 years rather than the more distant future.

d: Inasmuch as the overall budget is not yet defined, no fixed amount for the proposed contribution is required at this point. Therefore, the proposed financial plans need not be very detailed.

e: Based on the applications received now and the development of the discussions of the budget, we would expect that the proposing groups will be invited to a series of discussions/negotiations later in the year with the aim to define a viable implementation schedule from 2014. Again, therefore, no great effort should be invested in the details of the management plan; an outline will do for now.

The AO mentioned an offer of holding a series of information meetings 'well before' the deadline, and some meetings have been held locally when suitable dates could be found. We are still willing to hold such meetings - before or after the deadline - but this mail contains the essence of the facts as we know them at this time.

Note that an opportunity to discuss these issues in a wider audience will be presented at the EWASS meeting in Turku on July 13, when ASTRONET invites the community to discuss the draft mid-term review of its 2008 Roadmap. The rationalisation of the European 2-4m telescopes will be high on the agenda!

So, in summary, please go ahead with all plans to respond to the AO, even if the guidelines are not yet as clear as we would all wish. Our common aim is to arrive at a solution that we can all live with, even if the road that leads to it is not as straight as we hoped even a short time ago. Feel free to contact us at any time for any supplementary information.

With best regards,

Johannes Andersen Hans Kjeldsen Director, NOTSA Chair, NOT STC



PhD position in galaxy formation and evolution at Chalmers

Applications are invited for a PhD student position in galaxy formation and evolution at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

The successful candidate will work with Dr. Kirsten K. Knudsen on projects focused on the evolution of quasar host galaxies and their role in the evolution of massive galaxies. The project will include working with radio and mm wavelength observations aimed at investigating starbursts in the host galaxies.

Application deadline is April 15th, 2013.

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PhD position in astrophysics

A position as PhD research fellow in solar/stellar physics is available at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway. The fellowship is for a period of up to 3 years. The preferred starting date is 1.10.2013 but alternative dates between 1.9.2013 and 1.12.2013 are possible.

The selected candidate would contribute to the project "Vortex flows and magnetic tornadoes on the Sun and cool stars", which combines high-resolution observations of the Sun with world-leading facilities like the ground-based Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST) and the space-borne observatories Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) and advanced numerical simulations with state-of-the-art 3-D radiative magnetohydrodynamics computer codes.

Depending on the background and interests of the selected candidate, focus of the PhD project can be on observational and/or numerical modelling aspects.

Application deadline: 1. May 2013

Reference number: 2013/2997

Contact: Dr. Sven Wedemeyer-Bohm
Telephone: +47 228 56 520
e-mail: sven.wedemeyer@astro.uio.no

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Mystery of Ellipticals: Symposium 4 @ EWASS 2013

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SYMPOSIUM 4 @ EWASS 2013
The mystery of ellipticals
Turku (Finland), 8-9 July, 2013

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) will take place in Turku, Finland, on the second week of July. Within that week we are organizing a Symposium on "The mystery of ellipticals". During the two day symposium we intend to cover both observational and theoretical aspects of early-type galaxies at both low and high redshifts, together with a discussion on new/future observing facilities.

Registrations to the EWASS week are now open. The deadline for abstract submission and early registration is April 8th.

Both oral and poster contributions are welcome.

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IDA Announcement of Opportunity

Announcement of opportunity for funding of postdocs, research assistantships and co-funding of PhD projects

The Instrument Center for Danish Astrophysics (IDA) welcomes applications for funding of research assistants, postdocs and co-funding of PhD projects in observational astrophysics in 2013. Approximately 1M DKK is available for projects in 2013.

Postdocs and research assistants within observational astrophysics

Top priority will be given to projects at the largest observatories offered by ESO, ESA, and NASA, as well as at the NOT. At lower priority, IDA may support projects at the mid-sized facilities at ESO or La Palma, or at large facilities, e.g., in the US.

PhD project co-funding

IDA can co-fund also PhD projects, which will demonstrably lift the students’ overall research and publishing results to a higher level.

Funded projects should be both ambitious and feasible within the proposed time span, i.e. there should be a well-defined timetable, including a publication plan. Note that projects can only be funded during the calendar year 2013 (1-10 months), starting at the earliest, 1 March 2013.

The most competitive projects will be supported, with PIs considered irrespective of employment status, i.e. postdocs/research assistants and potential PhD students can apply for their own project. The applicant must be based at a Danish astrophysics institution.

Applications should include:

• Cover page: project title, name of applicant, name of postdoc, research assistant or PhD student to be co-funded, co-financing from other sources, and abstract (max. 10 lines).
• Project description: Outline of the general science context (importance for astrophysics) and explanation of how the proposed project will advance astrophysics (max. 2 pages).
• Assessment of feasibility, task breakdown and timeline for the project (max. 1 page).
• Full budget for the project (max. 1 page).
• CV of applicant (max. 1 page).
• CV of research assistant, if different from applicant (max. 1 page).

Applications will be considered at any time, but applications submitted before March 15, 2013, will be favoured.

Applications should be written in English and addressed to the IDA PI, Professor Jens Hjorth, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Juliane Maries Vej 30, DK-2100 Copenhagen.

Applications must be submitted electronically as one PDF file to ida@astro.ku.dk.

Any potential applicant is invited to apply irrespective of gender, nationality, religion, or ethnicity.

Applications will be assessed by an independent committee.



Nordic ALMA Science Workshop

Nordic ALMA Science Workshop - 29-31 May 2013
Chalmers, Goteborg, Sweden

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Rationale:

The meeting will be an excellent place to connect young researchers and those without previous ALMA experience with Nordic ALMA experts and foster potentially exciting new collaborations.

The registration and abstract submission will close on April 5.

Specific focus areas for this meeting will include:

* The recent developments of ALMA
* Star formation and astrochemistry
* Planet formation and Solar System
* Stars and stellar evolution
* Compact objects, Supernovae and GRBs
* Nearby Galaxies
* The high redshift universe and cosmology

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Conference: 400 years of stellar rotation

November 17 - 22, 2013 in Natal, Brazil

1st Announcement

The workshop will celebrate four centuries of astronomical research after the public announcement of solar rotation by Galileo Galilei. The conference is co-sponsored by the European Southern Observatory and the International Institute of Physics of Natal, and will be held at the Ocean Palace Beach Resort in Natal, Brazil, from Sunday, November 17, to Friday, November 22, 2013.

Main Topics:

* Rotation: From Galileo to CoRoT and Kepler
* Evolutionary models of rotating stars
* The impact of rotation on Solar and Stellar Physics
* The solar rotation profile
* Rotation, winds, magnetic fields and stellar activity
* Observations of rotating stars
* Rotation and chemical abundances
* Rotation, stellar formation and evolution
* Rotation and stellar multiplicity
* Rotation in the final evolutionary stages
* Stellar rotation, activity, and planets

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First International Workshop on Education in Astrobiology

Höör, Sweden, 6 - 9 June 2013

The First International Workshop on Education in Astrobiology will take place in Höör, Sweden from 6 - 9 June 2013, The meeting aims to bring together scientists and teachers engaged in astrobiology education on universities and other training institutions to

• foster international cooperation in astrobiology teaching
• give the attendants a thorough overview of the field

Training students in such a multidisciplinary subject implies a lot of challenges and pitfalls, both in the set-up and organization of the course, choice of lecturers and literature, grading of students as well as the necessity of new teaching methods. The conference will not only serve as forum for exchange of ideas and experiences, but also as a starting point for a long-term international collaboration in astrobiology teaching.

The meeting venue is held at the very pleasant Åkersberg Stiftsgård which is only a 50 min direct train ride from Copenhagen International Airport. For further information about the event check its website

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Summer Course "Molecules in Space", Onsala Space Observatory

Summer course "Molecules in Space", Onsala Space Observatory, 25 June - 2 July 2013

The summer course "Molecules in space", which will be held at Onsala Space Observatory , Sweden from 25 June to 2 July 2013, aims to give participants a thorough introduction into the role of molecules in many astronomical environments such as

• the early universe
• star-forming regions and protoplanetary disks
• atmospheres of plants and their satellites
• cometary comae
• the early universe
• circumstellar envelopes
• the early universe
• supernova remnants

The event will be organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology. Observations at the 20m telescope at Onsala and exercises will complement the lecture programme. The programme of the summer school comprises:

• lectures by internationally leading scientists covering a broad range of subjects in astrochemistry
• observations of a small, cold molecular cloud using the 20m telescope at Onsala Space Observatory to determine its mass and whether it is going to collapse forming a star
• state-of-the art model calculations of the chemistry of dark clouds and ice surfaces
• usage of observations to determine physical parameters in astronomical object
• a poster sessions for the participating students and early career scientists

The event is aimed for graduate (masters and Ph. D.) students and early career scientists (up to 5 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) in fields relevant to astrochemistry and astrobiology. The event is open to applicants from all nationalities.

Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 2 April 2013) can be found at the website of the course.

Successful applicants accepted by the organisers will receive free lodging, meals and excursions, but will have to organise financial means for their travel to and from Onsala themselves. Course credit awards (3 ECTS points) for Ph. D. students will be applied for by the course organisers.

Welcome to Onsala !

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Summer Course: "Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life"

The course "Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life" will take place from 16 to 25 August 2013 at Kuressaare and the Kaali impact crater site on the island of Saaremaa, Estonia. The following subjects will be covered:

• Roles of impacts in the formation of habitable planets
• Physical and chemical properties of comets and meteorites
• Detection and investigation of impact craters by geological methods and remote sensing from space
• Ecological consequences of impacts and the role of impacts in mass extinctions
• Transfer of life through meteorite impacts
• Threat to life on our planet by near-Earth asteroids and comets

The lecture programme will be complemented by practical exercises concerning:

• Electromagnetic mapping of impact sites • Analysis of pollen indicators of the Kaali impact event.
• Microscopy of impactites
• Georadar profiling at Kaali

Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in two poster sessions. Furthermore, excursions to geologically interesting sites like the Panga cliffs are planned.

The course is aimed for graduate (masters and Ph. D.) students and early career scientists (up to 5 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) in fields relevant to astrochemistry and astrobiology. It is open to applicants from all nationalities.

Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 30 April 2013) can be found at the website of the course.

Successful applicants accepted by the organisers will receive meals and excursions, but will have to organise financial means for their travel to and from Kuressaare and their lodging themselves.

See you in Saaremaa in August !

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Conference:

Conference: "Isotopes as diagnostic tools in astronomy, geology and biology"

Höör, Sweden 11-14 June 2013

The third meeting of the Nordic Network of Astrobiology will be devoted to the subject "Isotopes as diagnostic tools in astronomy, geology and biology". Isotope ratios are used in many fields of astrobiology,to determine the origin and synthesis pathways of interstellar molecules, to date early geological formation, to assess paleoclimates and, last but not least, to detect life on early Earth. The conference aims to bring researchers from different fields using isotopes together to exchange the newest developments in this field and to develop ideas for further research. The following themes will be, amongst others, covered by the symposium:

• Isotope ratios in the interstellar medium
• Isotopes in stars
• Isotopes and the early solar system
• Isotopes in meteorites
• Isotopes in dating of geological formations
• Isotope ratios as indications of catastrophic events in Earth's history
• Identification of metabolisms in sediments by using stable isotopes
• Effects of stable isotopes on biological systems
• Stable Isotope ratios as biomarkers on Mars and other habitable planets and satellites
• Isotopes in the search for life on the early Earth
• Isotopes in ice cores as indications in past and present climates

The conference will take place at Åkersberg Herrgård in Höör, Skåne in Southern Sweden. The venue is only a 400m walk from Höör railway station, from where there are frequent direct connections to Copenhagen Airport. The meeting is open to interested scientists all over the world. We from the Nordic Network of Astrobiology are looking forward to welcoming you at the conference.

Deadline for registration, accommodation booking and abstract submission: 15 April 2013

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR MAJOR LONG-TERM RESEARCH PROJECT

The Council of the Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Association (NOTSA) invites proposals by consortia of primarily Nordic research groups for major projects to be executed at the Nordic Optical Telescope over a five-year period beginning in 2014. The successful consortia will be awarded a significant share of the Nordic observing time in that period and are expected in return to contribute resources to the corresponding cost of operations and/or major technical upgrades.

A New Budget Model

So far, all NOTSA's funding has been provided by the Nordic research councils. They are now under strong pressure to also fund large new astronomy projects at all wavelengths in the next decade. The NOTSA Council has therefore developed a budget model, by which the Associates provide a stable financial basis for the operations for periods of nominally five years with users contributing to the cost of operations. Consortia of users are invited to submit proposals for research programmes over this period and their proposed contributions to the cost.

Announcement of Opportunity

NOTSA hereby invites proposals for joint research projects, following these principles. The full text of the Announcement is available at the NOT web site.

It is emphasized that support for the new budget model is essential for the Associates to commit to continued operation of the telescope. Otherwise, the telescope will likely be decommissioned soon.

The deadline is:

*** March 15, 2013 ***

NOTSA intends to organise information meetings in the Nordic communities about the Announcement well before this deadline. Details about these meetings will be provided in the near future.

With best regards,
Johannes Andersen

Director, Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Association

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Lund workshop on

"Ice and Planet Formation" at Lund Observatory
15-17 May 2013

This workshop in Lund focuses on ice(s) and planet formation. Astrophysical ice has become an increasingly popular topic in the past years, inspired and driven by new observations of ices in molecular clouds and protoplanetary discs, models of dust coagulation and planet formation where ice plays an important role and current and upcoming laboratory experiments on ice collisions and ice deposition.

The deadline for registration is 15 February 2013.

You can sign up using the form at: http://www.astro.lu.se/~anders/IPF2013/registration.php

Researchers in the Nordic countries are encouraged to sign up for this workshop - this is also an opportunity for the Nordic community working on the solar system, star formation, and planet formation (as well as anyone else interested) to come together.

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IAU Symp 298: Setting the Scene for Gaia and LAMOST

First announcement of IAU Symposium 298

SETTING THE SCENE FOR Gaia AND LAMOST
THE CURRENT AND NEXT GENERATIONS OF SURVEYS AND MODELS

Place: Lijiang, China (Yunnan province)
Time: 20 - 24 May 2013

The formation and evolution of galaxies is a key topic in contemporary astrophysics. With the transformational opportunities offered by on-going and next generation surveys IAU is offering a symposium that focuses on the interplay between surveys, observing techniques, advances in abundance analysis, and our theoretical understanding of galaxy formation, is very timely. The symposium focuses on the promise of current and future large surveys, including Gaia in the context of all other on-going efforts, both observational as well as theoretical.

The SOC wishes to dedicate this IAU Symposium to Birgitta Nordström and Johannes Andersen for their numerous contributions to Galactic astronomy.

Deadline for early registration: 2013.2.28

For the SOC
Sofia Feltzing and Gang Zhao (Co-chairs)

SOC: Emilio J. Alfaro (IAA-CSIC), Timothy Beers (Michigan State) , Masashi Chiba (Tohoku), Gayandhi De Silva (AAO), Sofia Feltzing (Lund), Eva Grebel (Heidelberg), Amina Helmi (Groningen), Jaques Lepine (Sao Paulo), Francois Mignard (Nice), Julio Navarro (UVic), Timo Prusti (ESA), Sofia Randich (INAF/Arcetri), Becham Reddy (IIA Bangalore), Nicholas Walton (Cambridge, UK), Patricia Whitelock (SAAO and UCT), Gang Zhao (NAOC), Manuela Zoccali (Catolica)

Sofia Feltzing
Professor in Astronomy
Lund Observatory, Sweden
Phone: +46-(0)46-2227294

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WORKSHOP ON SCIENCE WITH THE NOT

NOTE: EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACTS: OCTOBER 18

Workshop on Science with the Nordic Optical Telescope

Aarhus University, 25-26 October 2012

All information on the workshop, including preliminary programme, registration and information on hotel booking, is available at the workshop webpage.

Important deadlines:

Deadline for registration and abstract submission is extended to 18 October

Programme:

The meeting will begin on Thursday 25 October at 11:00am and end at 15:00pm on Friday 26 October. A draft programme is now posted at the workshop web site.

Logistics:

Participants are expected to cover their own accommodation and travel, but all meals and the workshop dinner will be covered by the Stellar Astrophysics Centre.

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International Max-Planck Research School on Astrophysics

The International Max-Planck Research School on Astrophysics (IMPRS) in Garching/Munich (Bavaria, Germany) is soliciting applications for its PhD program.

Deadline for applications is November 15, 2012.

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Workshop on Science with the Nordic Optical Telescope

1st Announcement

Aarhus University, 25-26 October 2012

The original concept for the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) was an independent, general facility for observational projects by Nordic astronomers. However, the scientific and organisational context in which it will operate in the future will be greatly different from twenty years ago when the telescope was built: The future of the NOT will be as a specialised tool in the panoply of facilities available to modern astronomy, focused on scientific fields where it can optimally serve the best Nordic research teams. For this, it is intended to base the future strategic planning for the NOT primarily on a set of large research programmes, proposed and evaluated in a series of five-year cycles.

For the NOT to be maximally competitive in this context, we plan to equip it with a single new, permanent focal plane instrument, offering rapid and flexible optical and NIR imaging and spectroscopic response capabilities on transient and variable sources as its first scientific priority. This will be complemented by the FIES spectrograph, upgraded to yield high-precision spectropolarimetry, and also permanently available. Together with an upgraded data management system, this will make the NOT a very competitive tool for studying a wide range of transient and variable astrophysical sources - extragalactic as well as stellar - in the coming decade.

The NOT Council has decided to organise a workshop to inform the Nordic user community of the NOT about these plans and to get feedback directly from the community. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to forge new consortia capable and interested in proposing large programs and raising financial support to supplement the basic operational budget provided by the Nordic research councils, the owners of the basic facility. We therefore urge participants already now to begin considering the formation of (the cores of) such consortia and to make sure that their interests will be properly represented at the workshop.

All NOT users are therefore invited to a NOT workshop that will take place Thursday and Friday, 25-26 October 2012 at the Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University, Denmark. More information will be emailed soon, including the detailed program and information on how to do the registration for the workshop. We hope to see a large fraction of the NOT users at Aarhus University in the end of October.

Best Regards,
Hans Kjeldsen, NOT STC chair and Johannes Andersen, NOT director



IAU Symposium 296: Supernova Environmental Impacts

Announcing IAU Symposium No. 296 on Supernova Environmental Effects to be held at Raichak-on-Ganges near Kolkata, India

January 7-11, 2013.

Topics to be covered are:
-Historical Supernovae and Supernova Remnants
-Core collapse supernovae: surveys, light curves, and progenitors
-Physics of core collapse supernova light curves and spectra
-Supernovae and star formation
-Particle acceleration in supernova shocks
-Radiation from supernova remnants – from radio to gamma rays
-SN1987A at 25 years.

Deadline for registration: September 15, 2012

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Tenure track positions open at Aalto University

The Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering (ELEC) opens seven tenure track professor positions including openings in Earth Observation, Space Science and Technology, and Radio Astronomy.

About 40 km west of the main Aalto University Campus, the Metsähovi Radio Observatory operates a 14 m diameter radio telescope. Metsähovi is part of the several international VLBI networks, while single-dish telescope time is mostly allocated for flux density monitoring of extragalactic radio sources and for solar observations. Flexible scheduling enables target-of-opportunity observations as well as hands-on radio astronomical experience to students.

The Department of Radio Science and Engineering (RAD) is a multi-disciplinary unit with a research focus on understanding of the physics of electromagnetic waves from radio to terahertz frequencies and beyond. The Earth Observation research at RAD has focused especially on microwave remote sensing, most recently involving the ESA SMOS mission instrumentation, analysis and data validation with our Skyvan aircraft measurements.

We seek to expand our space activities to near-Earth space science and technology, focusing especially on the ESA Science Programme missions and space weather physics and monitoring. Our first technology demonstration cubesat Aalto-1 is being built as a student effort and targets for launch in 2013-2014. Aalto-2 has just been selected for the EU QB50 programme and obtained national funding for building and launch.

The positions are open at all levels: assistant professor, associate professor, and full tenured professor, depending on the qualifications of the applicant. We seek scientists with interest in research related to the scientific topics as well as developing instrumentation and technologies for the research. The emphasis between science and technology may vary depending on the candidate's qualifications and interests.

Application deadline: September 30, 2012

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Postdoctoral position and a Ph.d. Studentship

Gamma-ray bursts

Centre for Astrophysics and Cosmology, University of Iceland.

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ESO/MPA/MPE/ Excellence Cluster Universe Workshop

"Supernovae Illuminating the Universe: from individuals to Populations", to be held in Garching (Germany) between 10. and 14. September 2012.

The workshop will concentrate on the nature of Supernovae and the explosion physics, and will include the following topics:

-SN searches
-Explosion physics
-Nucleosynthesis
-Light curves and spectra
-Progenitor systems
-Supernova remnants

Note the reduced fee (225 EUR) for early registration before June 30.

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RESEARCH STUDENTSHIPS AT THE NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE

The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) invites applications for Research Studentships with starting dates from the second half of this year.

NOT is a modern 2.6-m telescope on the island of La Palma, Spain, with state-of-the-art optical and near-IR instruments. Our staff of ~20 astronomers, engineers, and students and informal, hands-on mode of operation offer attractive training opportunities for young Nordic scientists and engineers in observational astrophysics (PhD or advanced MSc levels). Studentships are offered for periods of typically one year.

Detailed information on the telescope and instruments is provided at http://www.not.iac.es, and more details on the student programme at http://www.not.iac.es/general/studentships/

Applications should contain a brief CV, state the candidate's home University, research interests, supervisor, and preferred starting date, and be e-mailed to Dr. Thomas Augusteijn (tau@not.iac.es) and the undersigned.

The deadline for receipt of applications is: Friday, June 29, 2012.

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Reminder: Annual Danish Astronomy Meeting, deadline May 1st

This is a friendly reminder about the Annual Danish Astronomy Meeting on Hven, May 30–31. Please register no later than May 1st at the meeting web site.

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International Crafoord Prize Symposium in Astronomy: Black holes

Welcome to the Crafoord Days 2012, 14–15 May in Lund, Sweden

The Crafoord Prize in Astronomy, Mathematics, Biosciences, Geosciences or Polyarthritis research is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences annually according to a rotating scheme. The prize amount of SEK 4 Million makes the Crafoord Prize one of the world´s largest scientific prizes.

Monday 14 May 09:15–16:30
International Prize Symposium in Mathematics: From chaos to harmony
Lectures by the Crafoord Prize Laureates 2012 Jean Bourgain and Terence Tao and invited speakers.
Venue: Lecture hall C, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Lund University, Sölvegatan 18, Lund
The symposium is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required for all participants. Program and registration at www.crafoordprize.se or http://www.kva.se/sv/Kalendariumlista/Event/?eventId=386

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Monday 14 May 09:45–17:00
International Prize Symposium in Astronomy:
Black holes and the centre of the galaxy
Lectures by the Crafoord Prize Laureates 2012, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez, and invited speakers.
Venue: Lundmarksalen, The Astronomy Building, Lund University, Sölvegatan 27, Lund
The symposium is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required for all participants. Program and registration at www.crafoordprize.se or http://www.kva.se/sv/Kalendariumlista/Event/?eventId=387

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Tuesday 15 May 09:00–12:30
Crafoord Prize Lectures 2012
Popular scientific lectures by the Crafoord Prize Laureates 2012 Jean Bourgain, Terence Tao, Reinhard Genzel, Andrea Ghez.
Venue: Palaestra Hörsal, Lund University, Paradisgatan 4, Lund
The symposium is free of charge and open to the public. No registration. Program is found athttp://www.kva.se/sv/Kalendariumlista/Event/?eventId=407

KUNGL. VETENSKAPSAKADEMIEN
THE ROYAL SWEDISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Box 50005, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden
Besök/Visit Lilla Frescativägen 4 A,
SE-114 18 Stockholm, Sweden
Reception +46 8 673 95 00
Fax +46 8 15 56 70
Web www.kva.se

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REMINDER: DEADLINE FOR NOT OBSERVING PROPOSALS IS MAY 2!

NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE

DEADLINE FOR OBSERVING PROPOSALS FOR PERIOD 46:

The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) invites applications for observing time in Period 46, October 1, 2012 – April 1, 2013.

Note that the deadline for receipt of the applications is:

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at UT 12.00 noon!

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PhD position at Chalmers

Announcement of a PhD position in extragalactic astrophysics at Chalmers/Onsala

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Transregio-Meeting Sept. 2012

The main Transregio33 meeting 2012

"Particles and the Universe" will be held at

Corfu, Sept 16 - 22

There will be invited and contributed talks, plus short 'flash talks' for students.

Invited Speakers include

Yannick Mellier - Cosmic shear and the Euclid mission
Thomas Reiprich - Cluster cosmology and prospects for eROSITA
Norbert Wermes - Latest results from the LHC
Hans Peter Nilles - Strings for dummies
Dieter Horns - High-energy gamma rays constraits on the extragalactic background light
Dan Maoz - Precursors of SN Ia explosions
Christof Wetterich - TBA
Laura Covi - Dark Matter candidates
Andrea Maccio - Effects of baryons on dark matter distribution
Josef Jochum - Current status of Dark Matter search experiments

If you are interested to attend the meeting, please register, and book the conf. hotel soon since other locations are less convenient.
In particular, all Transregio Collaborators including TR students are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The meeting is embedded between workshops "Beyond the Standard Model" and "String Theory".

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Fellowships to be held in Japan

The ITYF is designed to attract outstanding, highly motivated, young researchers in any of the space science fields covered by ISAS/JAXA to work in Japan for 3 (extendable to 5) years. The excellent remuneration package includes research budget and travel support so that the Fellow can extend their international profile, as well as developing collaborations within Japan.

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Fellowships to be held in Japan

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Postdoctoral fellowship in black hole accretion at Southampton

A postdoctoral fellowship is available to work in the area of accreting black holes and the coupling between accretion and relativistic jet formation, in the Astronomy group at the University of Southampton. The fellow will work with Professor Rob Fender using observational data from a wide range of X-ray, optical/infrared and radio facilities. The project will focus on establishing more precise empirical links between accretion and ejection in X-ray binary systems, the astrophysical interpretation of these links, and their scaling to supermassive black holes in active galactic nuclei.

The closing date for this post is 31st May 2012.

Please apply online:

www.jobs.soton.ac.uk

or alternatively telephone 023 8059 2750 for an application form. Please quote vacancy reference number 108412WF on all correspondence.

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Liverpool John Moores University - Job Opportunities

Astrophysics Research Institute

- Professor of Astrophysics - (2 posts) (ref. 144)
- Reader in Astrophysics (ref. 145)
- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics - (2 posts) (ref. 146)
- Liverpool Telescope: Astronomer-in-Charge (ref. 147)
- Liverpool Telescope 2: Project Scientist (ref. 198)

Closing date for applications: 30th April 2012.

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Workshop Announcement: Black Hole Feedback 2012

What is the role of AGN in the evolution of galaxies?

Dartmouth-Durham extragalactic workshop
30 July - 3 August 2012
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH, USA

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 May 2012, or until all places are filled (which may be earlier).

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Nordic Cycle 1 workshop - second announcement

Registration deadline: Friday April 13th !

The Nordic ALMA Regional Center will organize a 2-day practical workshop for the preparation of ALMA Cycle 1 proposals.

The dates and place are:

Jun 7-8 (Thu/Fri) at Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden

The main goal of the workshop is to help the (Nordic) community in preparing ALMA proposals and using the various tools at disposition. The new capabilities of ALMA will be presented and ample time will be devoted for hands-on training on the ALMA Observing Tool and CASA simulator. There will also be time to discuss your proposal ideas/technical issues informally with ARC staff members. If you are PI/coI of a successful ALMA cycle0 proposal, and want to share your exciting first results, please contact us, and we will allocate you a short presentation time!

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ALMA Cycle 1 pre-announcement

ALMA has just released a pre-announcement regarding ALMA Cycle 1 observations. The important details can be found at the ALMA science portal.

In preparation of the proposal deadline, the Nordic ARC at Onsala Space Observatory will host a Cycle 1 workshop.

Registration deadine will be April 13th, so if you're interested please register as soon as possible.

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NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE - CALL FOR PROPOSALS

PERIOD 46: OCTOBER 1, 2012 - APRIL 1, 2013 The deadline for receipt of the applications is: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at UT 12.00 noon.

Note 1: The legal and financial conditions for the continued operation of the NOT are currently being discussed. Time allocations in Period 46 will depend on a satisfactory solution to these issues.

Note 2: Late applications are not accepted. However, proposals for short programmes (= 4 hours) using fixed instrument setups are welcome at any time (see http://www.not.iac.es/observing/service/ ).

Applicants should carefully read the following instructions:

1: Proposals for projects of all sizes are welcome, large and small as well as medium-size. Pooling of related and synergistic proposals by consortia of groups with similar interests is encouraged. Observations are increasingly executed in service mode on pre-assigned nights. Proposals should state if service mode is not desirable.
Applicants planning to propose Target-of-Opportunity or similar projects should contact the Head of Operations (tau@not.iac.es) in advance in order to discuss optimum strategies.

2: The proposal submission procedure is electronic. The Latex template and style files for Period 46 are available at the NOT web site: http://www.not.iac.es/observing/proposals/. Detailed instructions are provided in the template file itself and a README file; they should be followed carefully. Applicants should process and view the output of their files before submission in order to check that they process properly. Proposals using modified style files will not be accepted. Proposals requesting more than one observing run in the period (using different instruments on a project counts as separate runs) should specify them individually in the proposal as indicated.

3: Proposals should be submitted by e-mail before the above deadline to: proposal@not.iac.es, with the word "Proposal" both as Subject and as text. Automatic e-mail acknowledgement of receipt, with notification of any problems encountered in processing, is provided. Before the deadline, questions on proposal preparations or procedures may be sent to the same address with "Question" as the Subject.

4: Up-to-date information on instruments at NOT is found at http://www.not.iac.es/instruments/. Please note the following features for Period 46:

A Wedged Double Wollaston Prism, on loan from Asiago Observatory, Italy, is available for one-shot polarimetric imaging observations with ALFOSC.

The fiber-coupled échelle spectrograph FIES is permanently available, also together with other instruments. It offers superior stability and many recent enhancements, including an Atmospheric Dispersion Compensator (ADC), which can also be used with ALFOSC or NOTCam. We expect that a high-precision polarizer for FIES will become available in period 46; when the polarizer has been fully tested the SOFIN spectrograph will be decommissioned.

The near-infrared instrument NOTCam offers new filters for the Y and Z bands; both are included in the Exposure Time Calculator. The Z filter currently shows a high background, which is being investigated. See our web site for details.

5: Proposals are reviewed without regard to the nationality of the applicant(s), but eligible non-Nordic proposals should be submitted via the OPTICON programme if possible (see below), and the total time allocated to 'foreign' projects, including OPTICON time, will be limited to ~15% of the Nordic time. Note also that only 75% of the science time can be scheduled by NOTSA; the rest is Spanish and CCI International Time. Award of observing time does not imply any financial support from NOT. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their proposal as soon as possible after the evaluation by the NOT Observing Programmes Committee and preparation of the observing schedule by the Director. Brief explanatory notes are provided to proposers, especially for rejected proposals.

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Conference "X-ray Astronomy: towards the next 50 years!"

Second announcement

Milano, Italy, from Oct 1st to Oct 5th , 2012

To mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the first extrasolar X-ray source and of the X-ray background by Giacconi, Gursky, Paolini, and Rossi, the Astronomical Observatory of Brera (www.brera.inaf.it) and the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (www.iasf-milano.inaf.it) of INAF (www.inaf.it) are organizing the conference “X-ray Astronomy: towards the next 50 years! “ in Milan, the town where Riccardo Giacconi got his degree in Physics.

The conference will be held at the Museum of Science and Technology ( www.museoscienza.org ) in Milano, Italy, from Oct 1st to Oct 5th , 2012 .

The meeting aims at providing an overall review of X-ray astronomy today, focusing on the most challenging open problems and stimulating future perspectives.

The abstract submission deadline: is May 15th 2012. Late abstracts will be automatically scheduled as posters.

Online registration is now open

An early registration fee (including refreshments, lunches and a welcome cocktail) of 350 Euro will be charged up to June 30th 2012; after this date, a late registration fee of 450 Euro will be applied.

PhD students can ask for a reduced fee of 250 Euro. Such applications will be considered on a case by case basis

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EACOA Fellowship 2012

The 2012 East Asian Core Observatories Association (EACOA) Fellowship Program

Closure of applications March 31th

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2012 Santa Fe Cosmology Summer Workshop Announcement

The 2012 Santa Fe Cosmology Summer workshop will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from July 2 to July 20, 2012. The workshop is co-organized by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The venue is the campus of St. John's College, a small liberal arts college that provides both a pleasant ambiance and convenient access to Santa Fe.

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Annual Danish Astronomy Meeting at Hven, May 30–31

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

A hired boat will take us from Nyhavn to/from Hven. We will depart from Nyhavn on May 30 around 11.30 and be back in Nyhavn around 17.30 on May 31.

The aim of the meeting is to present and discuss hot topics in astronomy with a particular focus on Danish projects. Also, the meeting should be an opportunity to meet most astronomers in Denmark, get a feeling for what they are working on and where Danish astronomy is heading. Everything in an informal and inspiring environment.

The program will thus feature a few invited talks, but most of the time is left for contributed presentations. A sketch of the program will be posted on the meeting web pages by April 1st. The Organizing Committee welcomes suggestions for the program.

As usual, IDA funds participation of MSc students upon request. Just fill in the registration form and tick the relevant box. All others will have to cover their participation through their own funds. After the meeting, IDA secretary Marianne Bentsen will send an invoice to each institute/centre covering the total registration fee for participants from that institute/centre. When filling in the registration form you must therefore specify which institute/centre is funding your participation.

The organizing committee strongly encourages you to sign up for the meeting and spread the word to anyone else who might be interested in joining the meeting.

Registration deadline: April 27, 2012.

See you on Hven!

Kristian Pedersen, on behalf of the Organizing Committee:
Søren Brandt (DTU Space), Lise Christensen (DARK), Jes K. Jørgensen (StarPlan), Hans Kjeldsen (IFA), Kristian Pedersen (IDA), Steen Hannestad (IFA)

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CosmoBias - International Meeting on Physical Bias in Cosmology

The 5th edition of the international, annual Cosmo- meeting organized at LAM-Marseille will focus on the bias of structures on cosmological scales. With 6 review talks, ~35 contributed talks, several long breaks and wrap-up sessions at the end of each day leaded by a senior scientist, CosmoBias will foster the discussions on the theoretical modeling of bias and the most recent observational constraints using single and combined techniques. The attendance is limited to ~60 participants.

Dates: May 22 (afternoon) to May 25 (noon), 2012 Location: LAM, Marseille.

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RESEARCH CHAIR IN /COSMOLOGY WITH MULTI-WAVELENGTH DATA

The University of the Western Cape (UWC), together with the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), has been awarded one of the recently announced South African Research Chairs, as part of the ongoing major investment in optical/IR and radio astronomy in South Africa, centred on the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT: www.salt.ac.za), MeerKAT and the SKA (www.ska.ac.za).

Consideration of applications will begin on 30 April 2012 and the position will remain open until filled.

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2nd Circular: Fall 2012 GRB Symposium in Spain

This is the Second Circular of the Fall 2012 Gamma-Ray Burst Symposium entitled: “15 years of Gamma-Ray Bursts afterglows: progenitors, environments and host galaxies from the nearby to the early Universe”, to be held in Marbella (Málaga, Spain) on 8-12 Oct 2012.

The main focus of the Symposium will be on the recent theoretical and observational (multiwavelength) findings together with the existing and forthcoming astronomical facilities whose goal is to observe a wide variety of astrophysical targets.

Early registration deadline: May 15, 2012.

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IAP-Subaru Joint International Conference

"Stellar Populations across Cosmic Times"

25-29 June 2012, IAP, France

Institute d'Astrophysique de Paris, France
Subaru Telescope, Hawaii
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

An international conference organized jointly by the Subaru telescope and the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, "Stellar populations across cosmic times" will be held from the 25-29 June 2012 at the IAP in central Paris. Pre-registration and abstract submission is now open

Deadline for registration and payment: 31st May

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Lectureship in Astronomy at the University of Nottingham

Applications are invited for the above post available in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/physics). The person appointed will build on the strengths of the Nottingham Astronomy Group (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/astronomy) in the study of galaxy formation, evolution and structure. Applications will be welcomed from candidates whose research complements the current interests of the Group, and both theorists and observers are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant subject, together with relevant research experience. An interest, and preferably experience, in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate level is also important.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2012.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Computational Astrophysics

The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, announces a position as postdoc in computational astrophysics.

Position as postdoctoral research fellow is available at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics. The fellowship period is 3 years. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. Starting date no later than 01.12.2012. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

Application deadline: 30th April 2012.

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ARC Cycle1 proposal preparation workshop - 2012 Jun 7-8

The Nordic ALMA Regional Center will organize a 2-day practical workshop for the preparation of ALMA Cycle 1 proposals.

The dates and place are:

Jun 7-8 (Thu/Fri) at Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden

The Call for Proposals for the ALMA Cycle 1 phase is expected to be released early April, with a deadline in July.

The main goal of the workshop is to help the (Nordic) community in preparing ALMA proposals and using the various tools at disposition. The new capabilities of ALMA will be presented and ample time will be devoted for hands-on training on the ALMA Observing Tool and CASA simulator. There will also be time to discuss your proposal ideas/technical issues informally with ARC staff members. If you are PI/coI of a successful ALMA cycle0 proposal, and want to share your exciting first results, please contact us, we will allocate you a short presentation time !

The number of participants **is limited**, we therefore encourage you to write expressing your interest in attending as soon as possible.

The final deadline for registration will be Friday April 13th.

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Nordic-Baltic 2012 summer school

Moletai Observatory, Lithuania

July 28 - August 11

Observational Stellar Astrophysics in the Era of GAIA and Kepler Space Missions

Application deadline: April 15, 2012.

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NORDIC GRADUATE SCHOOL IN MILLIMETRE AND OPTICAL/NIR ASTRONOMY

"Observational cosmology and the formation and evolution of galaxies"

Onsala, Sweden - 2012 June 11-20

SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT

NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

A Nordic Research Training School for graduate students focusing on "Observational cosmology and the formation and evolution of galaxies" will be held at Onsala Observatory, Sweden during the period June 11-20, 2012.

The course is organised jointly by the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO, Sweden), the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT, Spain), the Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO (FINCA, Finland), and the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (University of Oslo, Norway).

Application deadline is April 1, 2012.

Further information can be obtained from the persons below:

OSO: Kirsten K. Knudsen (kraiberg @ chalmers.se), John Conway (john.conway @ chalmers.se)

NOT: Johannes Andersen (ja @ not.iac.es)

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NON-NORDIC TIME AT THE NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE IN PERIOD 46

This is to recall that the NOTSA Council has limited non-Nordic time (i.e., projects with non-Nordic P.I.s) to approx. 15% of all science time that can be scheduled by NOTSA (applications for Spanish time go through the Spanish CAT).

Projects by other European P.I.s *MUST* be submitted through the OPTICON common time allocation procedure by the deadline 29. February 2012 at 12.00 UT

Non-Nordic proposals that are submitted outside the OPTICON process will only be considered in exceptionally compelling cases.

NOTE: Negotiations over the NOTSA budget for 2012 and a new Agreement with the IAC on the continued operation of the telescope are still ongoing at this time. We hope that satisfactory solutions will be found so NOT operations will proceed as foreseen in Period 46.

Please bring this message to the attention of any non-Nordic colleagues who may consider to apply for NOT time in Period 46, i.e. the semester starting October 1, 2012; such projects *MUST* be submitted to OPTICON by 29 February.

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Call for applications for IScAI 2012

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and partner institutions announce the 2012 edition of the International School for Advanced Instrumentation (IScAI).

The IScAI is a collaborative international initiative in higher education that allows acquiring expertise in all areas related to the construction of cutting-edge scientific instrumentation, with a particular emphasis on astronomical instrumentation. The IScAI offers a highly specialized set of courses and laboratory work to be held in research institutions with world-class instrumentation programs and high-tech companies with expertise in design and construction of scientific instrumentation.

The programme consists of five weeks of intensive course work on five different subjects (optics, mechanics, electronics, software and management) related to the design and construction of astronomical instrumentation. These will be held at the headquarters of the *Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)* in La Laguna, Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). The IScAI will start in May 2012 and is open to astronomers, physicists and engineers worldwide. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2012. Enrolled students may be eligible for financial aid.

Application deadline: 2012 March 1st

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X-ray Astronomy: towards the next 50 years

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the first extrasolar X-ray source and of the X-ray background by Giacconi, Gursky, Paolini, and Rossi, the Astronomical Observatory of Brera (www.brera.inaf.it ) and the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (www.iasf-milano.inaf.it ) of INAF (www.inaf.it) are organizing the conference “X-ray Astronomy: towards the next 50 years! “ in Milan, the town where Riccardo Giacconi got his degree in Physics.

The conference will be held at the Museum of Science and Technology ( www.museoscienza.org ) in Milano from Oct 1^st to Oct 5^th , 2012 . The meeting aims at providing an overall review of X-ray astronomy today, focusing on the most challenging open problems and stimulating future perspectives.

The abstract submission deadline for consideration by the SOC: 15 May 2012. Registration fee (including lunches) : 350 Euro until 30 June 2012; late registration 450 Euro. The application of special reduced fees will be possible for PhD students on specific request.

More information about registration, abstract submission, program and logistic are available at the conference website: For any request of information please contact the helpdesk e-mail: loc-xastro50@brera.inaf.it

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2012 Annual Danish Astronomy Meeting on the Island of Hven

The annual Danish astronomy meeting will this year take place May 30–31 on the island of Hven. Registration will soon open at IDA's web site www.astrofysik.dk. The meeting will open around 13.00 on May 30 (departure from Nyhavn ca. 11.30) and close around 15.30 on May 31 (arrival at Nyhavn ca. 17.30).

Please forward any questions or comments to me or your local representative in the Organizing Committee: Søren Brandt (DTU Space), Lise Christensen (DARK), Jes K. Jørgensen (StarPlan), Hans Kjeldsen (IFA), Kristian Pedersen (SSC/DARK), Steen Hannestad (IFA). In particular, we welcome suggestions for topics and speakers for the meeting.

Information on registration and programme will follow around March 1st, but please start spreading the news!



Joint postdoctoral position in Near-Field Cosmology

The Department of Astronomy at the Universidad de Chile (DAS) and the Astronomy Department at Yale University invite applications for a joint post-doctoral research position in the fields of Galactic Structure/Near-Field Cosmology. The successful applicant is expected to conduct independent research and to collaborate with Dr. Ricardo Munoz from DAS and Dr. Marla Geha from Yale University on observational studies of dwarf galaxies.

Work will include optical imaging and spectroscopy of dwarfs in the Local Universe, with an emphasis on the recently discovered ultra-faint galaxies in the Local Group.

The appointment would be for a three-year period, and the candidate is expected to spend the first two years in Santiago, Chile, at DAS, and the third year at the Astronomy Department at Yale University. For the duration of the position, the appointee will have access to the 10% observing time reserved for Chilean astronomers on all astronomical facilities operating in Chile. The position will commence in 2012; the exact start date is negotiable.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Astronomy or related field by the date of appointment. Technical expertise should include experience with IRAF or IDL and data analysis. The position offers competitive salary and benefits, as well as additional funding for travel.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief (2-3 page) description of research interests and accomplishments should arrive by February 28, 2012.

Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to arrive by the same date. Email submission of all materials, including letters, to Prof. Rene Mendez, Chair, Departamento de Astronomia, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 36-D, Correo Central, Santiago, Chile, postdocs2012@das.uchile.cl



The structure of galaxy disks

shaped by secular evolution and environmental processes - First announcement

July 2, 2012
Rome, Pontificia Università Lateranense

*Venue and Registration*
This symposium is part of the EWASS 2012 conference that will take place in Rome, at the Pontificia Università Lateranense. Please visit the EWASS 2012 web pages for directions and other practical information.

All participants who wish to present a contribution at the meeting should submit their title and abstract (with a preference for oral or poster presentation) before March 10th, 2012.

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postdoctoral fellowships in Australia

Every year the Australian Government awards prestigious (and well paid!) postdoctoral fellowships called "DECRA's". They're aimed at researchers looking for their first or second postdoc. (Either straight out of a PhD, or within a couple of years of PhD.) They're open to anyone from around the world, and the money is to do whatever project you choose at whatever Australian University you choose.

First you have to get the agreement of the University you're applying for, of course. And here at University of Queensland Astrophysics we're looking to support one or two new applications for next year. If any of you are interested in applying let us know! We would work with you to put together an application.

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PhD and postdoc positions in Austria

Postdoctoral Research and Graduate Student Positions in National Key Program: Pathways to Habitability University of Vienna & Space Research Institute Graz, Austria announce the availability of up to 6 postdoctoral research positions (2- to 4- year contracts) and up to 5 graduate student positions in a large key national research program dedicated to the study of conditions for habitability in planetary systems. The project, led by Prof. Manuel Güdel at Vienna, is anticipated to run for 8 years and is supported by national members and international collaborators. Co-leads are Profs. E. Pilat- Lohinger, E. Dorfi, R. Dvorak (Vienna), H. Lammer and M. Khodachenko (Graz).

Review starts 1 February 2012; applications submitted thereafter will be considered until the posts are filled. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference sent by the referees directly to the same address. For inquiries, contact Prof. M. Güdel (manuel.guedel@univie.ac.at).

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PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR 2012

Ecole Internationale d'Astrophysique Daniel Chalonge

Support to the James Webb Space Telescope

JUNE 2012

Meeting Title: Chalonge Meudon Workshop 2012

"WARM DARK MATTER GALAXY FORMATION IN AGREEMENT WITH OBSERVATIONS"

Location: Meudon historic Castle-CIAS building, Observatoire de Paris at Meudon , France

Dates: 6, 7 and 8 JUNE 2012

URL:
http://www.chalonge.obspm.fr/Cias_Meudon2012.html
http://www.chalonge.obspm.fr/Poster2012_Meudon.pdf

JULY 2012

Meeting Title: 16th Paris Cosmology Colloquium 2012

" THE NEW STANDARD MODEL OF THE UNIVERSE: LAMBDA WARM DARK MATTER. THEORY AND OBSERVATIONS "

Location: Paris, Observatoire de Paris HQ, in the Historic Perrault building

Dates: 25 , 26, 27 JULY 2012

URL:
http://www.chalonge.obspm.fr/colloque2012.html
http://www.chalonge.obspm.fr/Poster2012_Paris.pdf

SCIENTIFIC CULTURE EVENTS 2012:

Turin Exhibition on Science/Technics: Machines, Inventions, Discoveries

Paris Round Table on the Human and the Universe

Paris Open Session on The New Standard Model of the Universe

Paris Exhibitions 21 years of activity of the Chalonge School and the Golden Days in Astrofundamental Physics.

The World High Altitude Observatories Network: World Cultural and Scientific Heritage.

Dublin European Science Open Forum 2012

And Other Events

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Postdoctoral position and Ph.D studentship in Iceland

Applications should be sent via email to Palli Jakobsson (pja@raunvis.hi.is).

Deadline for applications: February 1, 2012

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Extragalactic faculty position at Georgia state

Assistant Professor of Astronomy in Extragalactic Astronomy Department of Physics and Astronomy, Georgia State University

Applications should be received by Jan 31, 2012

and should include: (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) names of three references, and (4) statements of the candidate's teaching philosophy, research interests, and a description of how their research program would complement existing research programs in astronomy at GSU. These materials should be sent to the attention of H. Richard Miller (miller@chara.gsu.edu), Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Georgia State University, University Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30303.

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KATHMANDU CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

Conference on Astrophysics and Cosmology in Kathmandu, Nepal during 19-21 march 2012.

The conference will be organized by the Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal and supported by Ministry of S&T (MOST), National Acedemy of S&T (NAST), B.P. Koirala Memorial Planetarium, Observatory and Science Museum Board, Nepal Physical Society (NPS) and Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Group (ACRG).

The purpose of this conference is to bring together experienced as well as young scientists who are interested in working actively on various aspects of astrophysics & cosmology, to exchange their research findings and to expose young minds in the field of astrophysics & cosmology from Nepal. The lectures will address major theoretical issues and current observational successes in the field. The lectures will be arranged in such a way that the young researchers will have ample scope of interaction with the speakers who are both nationally and internationally leading experts in their respective field of research. Besides the special invited talks, there will be contributing presentations such as oral and poster presentations, exchange events and information about the status of different amateur groups in the field organizing various events. The conference covers observational, computational and theoretical aspects of A&A in few focused areas.

Official e-mail: icac2012cdp@gmail.com & binil.aryal@uibk.ac.at

Last date for registration: Feb 15, 2012

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First announcement for Nordic summer school 2012

NORDIC MILLIMETRE AND OPTICAL/NIR ASTRONOMY SUMMER SCHOOL IV
"Observational cosmology and the formation and evolution of galaxies"
Onsala, Sweden
2012 June 11-20

Please reserve the dates now!! A second announcement with details on registration, programme, funding, application deadlines, link to webpage, etc will be posted during the first half of January



EUCLID positions

The Laboratory of Astrophysics (LASTRO) of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, announces the opening of 2 postdoctoral research positions in observational cosmology and gravitational lensing.

The successful candidate(s) should have a strong interest not only in cosmology, but also in image processing and mathematical/statistical techniques. She/he will also work on 1- weak gravitational lensing in cosmological surveys, 2- new algorithms for automated searches for strong lenses, 3- cosmography using time delays in lensed quasars. Some of this work is directly related to the processing and data analysis in relation to the EUCLID satellite, recently selected by ESA and in which LASTRO is directly involved.

The positions are available as of fall 2012. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a statement of the proposed research program, via email to the secretary of the laboratory (carol.maury@epfl.ch) in the form of one single pdf file.

The candidates should arrange for three reference letters to be sent directly to the same email address before January 31, 2012.

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Postdoctoral positions in cosmology at Brera Observatory

INAF Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica
OSSERVATORIO ASTRONOMICO DI BRERA
European Research Council “DARKLIGHT” Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Two post-doctoral positions will be available in 2012 at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (OA-Brera), as part of the new “DARKLIGHT” cosmology program funded by a 5-year ERC Advanced Grant recently awarded to Dr. Luigi Guzzo. The program aims at improving models and techniques to extract cosmological information from galaxy redshift surveys, with particular focus on redshift-space distortions and their combination with other probes of large-scale structure. The new centre will be hosted in a specifically renovated building in the Merate premises of the Observatory, near Milan, and at its peak of activity in 2014 will include five postdoctoral fellows and at least three PhD students. These positions will all be filled within the next 3 years, thus creating a unique group of young cosmologists focused on taking the analysis and modelling of galaxy clustering to a new level. DARKLIGHT fellows and students will also benefit of interaction with members of the VIPERS and Euclid projects, of which OA-Brera is a leading participant, and students from the nearby Universities of Milano, Milano-Bicocca and Insubria. OA-Brera is also home to world-leading groups in high-energy astrophysics and astronomical technologies (X-ray and optics).

Deadline for applications is January 15, 2012.

Please quote reference "DARKLIGHT Fellowship" on all correspondence.

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Moriond Cosmology 2012

The next Rencontres de Moriond meeting devoted to Cosmology will be organized in La Thuile (Valle d'Aosta, Italy), March 10-17, 2012.

Registration is now open.

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Postdoc pos in high-energy astrophysics and physical cosmology

The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics is advertising several postdoctoral positions in high energy astrophysics and physical cosmology.

The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching near Munich is seeking to fill a number of postdoctoral fellowships in the group which includes Rashid Sunyaev, Eugene Churazov, Marat Gilfanov and a number of postdocs and students. These positions are in addition to other MPA fellowships announced earlier, see AAS Job Register No 40502. Candidates should have a strong background in one of the following areas of high energy astrophysics and physical cosmology: physical processes in the epochs of reionization and cosmological recombination, physics of clusters of galaxies, physics of AGN, theory of accretion onto black holes and neutron stars and their observational appearance in the spectral and timing domains, interaction of radiation with hot astrophysical plasmas. Theoretical and computational candidates are all encouraged to apply. MPA has 15 long-term staff who work with about 40 postdoctoral researchers and a somewhat larger number of PhD students. The institute also runs a vigorous visitor program.

Deadline for applications: January 10, 2012

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Fellowships in Trieste

“ASTRONOMY FELLOWSHIPS IN ITALY” 1st Call

The National Institute for Astrophysics is pleased to announce the launch of the AstroFIt Programme, in co-funding with the European Commission's 7th Framework Progamme, under the Marie Curie Action COFUND. The programme offers seven transnational grants enabling researchers from abroad to carry out a project in one of the INAF structures in Italy, for a period of two years.

Research Areas: galaxies and cosmology; stars, stellar population and interstellar medium; Sun and solar system; relativistic and particle astrophysics; advanced technology and instruments.

Deadline for submission of applications: 1 February 2012 at 12.00am (Rome local time).

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Five EUCLID positions available in Munich

Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet Muenchen

Three positions working on the development of a data management system for reprocessing of the ground based data and two positions working on the development of new algorithms to perform photometric measurements both on ground based external data sets and on the EUCLID satellite data (near-IR and optical). Involvement in the scientific exploitation of the Euclid dataset will be encouraged.

For any further question do not hesitate to contact Prof. Joseph Mohr (jmohr@usm.lmu.de) and Dr. Johannes Koppenhoefer (koppenh@usm.lmu.de).

Applications should contain a CV and publication list, a statement of scientific interest and the contact information for at least three references. Please send your application electronically to Ms. Uta Le Guay (uleguay@usm.lmu.de).

Applications will be considered as they arrive; we encourage you to submit an application by January 1, 2012.

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PhD positions in Astrophysics at Southampton

Three international astrophysics PhD positions are available at the University of Southampton for any EU student.

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XMM-Newton Workshop: First Announcement

Galaxy Clusters as Giant Cosmic Laboratories

ESAC, Spain, 21st - 23rd May 2012

XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre at
ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre,
P.O. Box - Apdo. 78, 28691 Villanueva de la Canada,
Madrid, Spain

IMPORTANT DATES (subject to changes)

16 January 2012 Second announcement:
Opening of registration and abstract submission
2 March 2012 Abstract submission deadline
end March 2012 Decision about accepted presentations
27 April 2012 Registration deadline

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"Stars for All" Workshop

Lund Observatory, 6th - 7th February 2012 <7p> Mini-workshop about stars and stellar physics

The "for all" concept is that experts in a field should try to present cutting-edge science in a slightly simplified fashion such that non-experts can follow. Hence, this is great for cosmologists, "GRB hunters" and "galaxy people" in general, and not the least for (grad) students who would like to learn a little more about stars than the typical general-purpose textbook can provide.

Dead line for registration is 9th December

There is no "conference fee"

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Postdoc / res. assistant / PhD co-funding opportunities in 2012

IDA announces an opportunity for funding of postdocs, research assistants or co-funding of PhD projects in 2012 within observational astrophysics.

Deadline: Applications will be considered at any time, but applications submitted before December 1st, 2011, will be favoured.

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2012 Carnegie Observatories Graduate Research Fellowship

Announcing the continuation of the Graduate Research Fellowship at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California. This Fellowship provides a stipend to graduate students interested in carrying out all or part of their thesis research under the supervision of a Carnegie Staff member, in residence at Carnegie. We encourage applications from current Ph.D. graduate students in astronomy from an accredited (US or non-US) university, pursuing thesis research in observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, or instrumentation development. The student must have completed all requisite coursework and examinations prior to arriving at Carnegie. The Fellowship, beginning in September, 2012, will be awarded for one year and may be renewed for two additional years. Foreign students should note that Carnegie can only consider applicants who hold or are eligible to obtain a J-1 visa.

Applications are due by April 15, 2012, 17:00 PST.

Full details of the program and application instructions can be found at the web site.

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Planck Conference, 13-17 February 2012

First announcement for the Planck Conference, 13-17 February 2012

“Astrophysics from the radio to submillimetre – Planck and other experiments in temperature and polarization”

Area della Ricerca del CNR, Bologna, Italy

Deadlines for registration: Prepaid Advanced Registration must be electronically submitted, faxed or mailed no later than January 13th, 2012.

Deadlines for contribution submission: December 15th, 2011.

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1st Circular: Fall 2012 GRB Symposium in Spain

Fall 2012 Gamma-Ray Burst Symposium entitled: “15 years of Gamma-Ray Burst afterglows: progenitors, environments and host galaxies from the nearby to the early Universe”, to be held in Marbella (Málaga, Spain) on 8-12 Oct 2012, just prior to the INTEGRAL Workshop in Paris (15-19 Oct 2012) commemorating the 10th anniversary of the launch of INTEGRAL.

End of early registration period and hotel booking at favourable rates: August 1, 2012

Deadline for abstract submission: August 15, 2012.

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Chalonge Meudon Workshop 2012

Ecole Internationale d'Astrophysique Daniel Chalonge

Meeting Title: Chalonge School Meudon Workshop 2012 "Warm Dark Matter Galaxy Formation in Agreement with Observations"

Location: Meudon Castle-CIAS, Observatoire de Paris at Meudon , France

Dates: 6, 7 and 8 June 2012

Keywords: Warm Dark Matter, KeV mass Dark Matter particle, keV sterile netrinos, small and large scale structure, galaxy and cluster properties, structure formation in agreement with observations, universality.

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Extragalactic Postdoc Position in Arizona

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology

The University of Arizona Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory invite applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate position to work with Dr. Xiaohui Fan and collaborators in areas of extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. Expertise in high-redshift galaxies, quasars/AGNs, intergalactic medium, large scale structure, or experience in optical/IR observations and submm/mm observations is highly desired, but not required. Strong candidates from any subfield of astronomy will be considered. By the start date (Fall of 2012), the candidate must have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field.

Applications received by January 3, 2012 will receive full consideration.

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Lectureship at University of Queensland

Job No.:
492641
Area:
Faculty of Science
Salary:
Academic Level B ($76,789.59 - $91,187.38)
Work type:
Full Time - Fixed Term
Location:
St Lucia

The Discipline of Physics within the School of Mathematics and Physics has 19 academic staff, 20 postdoctoral research fellows and 53 PhD students. The School teaches a comprehensive undergraduate program in physics as well as performing service teaching for students of engineering and life sciences. It is the leading provider of physics education in Queensland. Undergraduate programs include BA and BSc (with Honours). The Discipline is internationally recognised for its research excellence and hosts a number of first class research centres.

To discuss this role please contact Professor Michael Drinkwater on +61 7 3365 3428 or emailm.drinkwater@uq.edu.au

Application closing date:
20 Jan 2012 11:55pm E. Australia Standard Time

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workshop on "Tidal Disruption events and AGN outbursts"

Announcement of a workshop on "Tidal Disruption events and AGN outbursts" - ESAC, Madrid, 25-27 June 2012.

The workshop is free.

Deadline for registration and abstract submission: April 15, 2012.

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Future Fellowships - Australia

The major funding round for personal fellowships in Australia is a "Future Fellowship". There are three levels corresponding to approximately <5yrs, <10yrs, <15yrs since PhD.

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Postdoc and PhD positions in "Invisibles"

This is to announce the first round of positions of a new European network, Marie Curie Initial Training network (ITN) "Invisibles", which focuses on phenomenology of Neutrinos and Dark Matter physics; experimental and theoretical aspects are also encompassed.

With starting dates in the fall of 2012, several Junior Postdoctoral positions, and several PhD positions, are offered now.

The application deadline for the Junior Postdoctoral positions is Nov. 30th 2011

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Postdoctoral position in X-ray astrophysics

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher in observational X-ray astronomy. The position is at Wayne State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Detroit, MI, USA. The successful applicant will work with Dr Edward Cackett on studying accretion in X-ray binaries and active galaxies, using data from Chandra, XMM-Newton and Suzaku.

Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field by the start date, and significant experience with X-ray analysis is desirable. The nominal starting date is September 1, 2012, though an earlier start date is possible. The position is initially for two years, with a third year possible dependent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. A competitive salary, benefits and travel support will be offered.

Applications including a CV, publication list, and statements of research interests and experience should be sent to Dr Edward Cackett at

ew1397@wayne.edu

by January 15, 2012.

Each applicant should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the same address by this date. For more information, please contact Dr Cackett.



Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics University of Toronto

Submission Address:
Attention: Prof. James R. Graham, Director
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto
50 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 Canada
Email Submission Address:
fellowships@di.utoronto.ca
Email Inquiries: director@di.utoronto.ca
Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: December 1, 2011

Related URLs
University of Toronto [http://www.utoronto.ca]
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics [http://www.di.utoronto.ca]
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics [http://www.astro.utoronto.ca]
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics [http://www.cita.utoronto.ca]

The University of Toronto invites applications for Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. In renewing the Dunlap memorial, the Dunlap Institute will complement and enhance existing strengths in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. Dunlap Fellows are expected to carry out original research in astronomy and astrophysics, independently or in collaboration with Toronto faculty, postdoctoral fellows, or students and to participate in the Institute’s outreach/education activities.

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IPMU Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships

IPMU (University of Tokyo) announces several postdoctoral positions that are open this year.

The University of Tokyo's Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU) is a new international research institute in Japan with English as its official language. The goal of the institute is to discover the fundamental laws of nature and to understand the universe from a synergistic perspective of mathematics, physics, and astronomy.

IPMU is playing leading roles in both theoretical and observational cosmology as well as next-generation wide-field surveys. This includes the development of HyperSuprimeCam (HSC), a new wide-field optical imager to be commissioned in 2012 and optimized for weak lensing and transient searches, as well as the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS), designed for BAO and galaxy studies at z~2. Further opportunities exist in the area of galaxy and QSO evolution with HSC surveys, the SDSS-III BOSS survey, and ongoing programs that utilize state-of-the-art instruments on Subaru (e.g., MOIRCS, FMOS) as well as data sets such as COSMOS and the Subaru-XMM Deep Survey. Complementing these observational programs, IPMU also maintains advanced computational facilities including clusters that can be used for a variety of theoretical pursuits. Cosmological simulations including both hydrodynamical realizations and dark matter only runs as well as work on detailed supernova modeling are two particularly active areas of theoretical astrophysics at IPMU.

Please direct any questions or inquires to Kevin Bundy (kevin.bundy@ipmu.jp).

Deadline for applications: December 31, 2011.

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Postdoctoral Position at IPMU

working with Prof. Kevin Bundy on galaxy formation and evolution: 3 years.

Deadline for applications: December 15, 2011.

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IAU Symposia 2013

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 1 December 2011.

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IAU General Assembly 2018

The deadline for submitting Letters of Intent to host the 2018 General Assembly is 1 November 2011.

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Gruber Foundation Fellowship

The deadline for applications for Gruber Foundation Fellowships is 30 November 2011.

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XXVIII IAU General Assembly

Beijing, China, 20 31 August, 2012

Registration:
* September,2011 Early Registration Open
* 29 February,2012 EarlyRegistration Close
* 1 March,2012 Regular Registration Open
* 10 August,2012 Regular Registration Close
* 19 August,2012 On-siteRegistration Open

Abstract Submission
* 1 September, 2011 Online Abstract Submission Open
* 29 February, 2012 Online Abstract Submission Close
* 1 May, 2012 Abstract Notification to Submitters

Grant Applications:
* 15 November, 2011 Online Grant Application Open
* 29 February, 2012 Online Grant Application Close
* 8 May, 2012 Grant Notification to Applicants

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Kavli Prize

The deadline for nominations is 1 December 2011. The Kavli Prize is awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge and understanding in the fields Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience. Each Kavli Prize consists of USD 1,000,000, a scroll and a gold medal.

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Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize

The Cosmology Prize honours a leading cosmologist, astronomer, astrophysicist or scientific philosopher for theoretical, analytical, conceptual or observational discoveries leading to fundamental advances in our understanding of the universe. It comprises a gold medal and USD 500,000. The closing date for nominations is 15 December 2011.

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Submillimeter postdoc in Hawaii

JCMT postdoc position. Pure research position with access to all Mauna Kea facilities. Funded at the level of a Hubble fellowship.

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Associate professor of physics at the University of Stavanger

A position as associate professor of theoretical physics is advertised at the University of Stavanger. It is especially stated that theoretical astrophysics is among the fields of interest:

"The academic field for the position is Theoretical Physics. The appointee must document qualifications as an independent researcher at an international level in one or more central fields of theoretical physics. Additionally he or she must document necessary competence to teach the central theoretical courses in Classical and Quantum Physics at both undergraduate and graduate level, and to supervise thesis work on all levels. If several applicants' qualifications are considered equal, one with competence in Statistical Physics, Theoretical Astrophysics or Diffraction Physics will be given priority."

Closing date: October 23, 2011.

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OBSERVING TIME AT THE NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE IN PERIOD 45

NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE - CALL FOR PROPOSALS

PERIOD 45: APRIL 1 OCTOBER 1, 2012

The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) invites applications for observing time in Period 45, April 1 October 1, 2012. The deadline for receipt of the applications is: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at UT 12.00 noon.

Note 1: The legal and financial basis for operating the NOT as of Period 45 is currently under discussion. Actual allocation of observing time in Period 45 is contingent on a satisfactory solution to these issues.

Note 2: Late applications are not accepted. However, proposals for short programmes (= 4 hours) using fixed instrument setups are welcome at any time (see http://www.not.iac.es/observing/service/ ).

Applicants should carefully read the following instructions:

1: Proposals for projects of all sizes are welcome, large and small as well as medium-size. Pooling of related and synergistic proposals by consortia of groups with similar interests is encouraged. Observations are increasingly executed in service mode on pre-assigned nights. Proposals should state if service mode is not desirable. Applicants planning to propose Target-of-Opportunity or similar projects should contact the Head of Operations (tau@not.iac.es) in advance in order to discuss optimum strategies.

2: The proposal submission procedure is electronic. The Latex template and style files for Period 45 are available at the NOT web site: http://www.not.iac.es/observing/proposals/. Detailed instructions are provided in the template file itself and a README file; they should be followed carefully. Applicants should process and view the output of their files before submission in order to check that they process properly. Proposals using modified style files will not be accepted. Proposals requesting more than one observing run in the period (using different instruments on a project counts as separate runs) should specify them individually in the proposal as indicated.

3: Proposals should be submitted by e-mail before the above deadline to: proposal@not.iac.es, with the word "Proposal" both as Subject and as text. Automatic e-mail acknowledgement of receipt, with notification of any problems encountered in processing, is provided. Before the deadline, questions on proposal preparations or procedures may be sent to the same address with "Question" as the Subject.

4: Up-to-date information on instruments at NOT is found at http://www.not.iac.es/instruments/. Please note the following features for Period 45:

A Wedged Double Wollaston Prism, on loan from Asiago Observatory, Italy, is available for one-shot polarimetric imaging observations with ALFOSC.

The fiber-coupled chelle spectrograph FIES is permanently available, also together with other instruments. It offers superior stability and many recent enhancements, including an Atmospheric Dispersion Compensator (ADC), which can also be used with ALFOSC or NOTCam. We expect that a high-precision polarizer will become available in period 45 and plan to decommission the SOFIN spectrograph when the polarizer has been installed and fully tested.

The near-infrared instrument NOTCam offers new filters for the Y and Z bands; both are included in the Exposure Time Calculator. The Z filter currently shows a high background, which is being investigated. See our web site for details.

5: Proposals are reviewed without regard to the nationality of the applicant(s), but eligible non-Nordic proposals should be submitted via the OPTICON programme if possible (see below), and the total time allocated to 'foreign' projects, including OPTICON time, will be limited to ~15% of the Nordic time. Note also that only 75% of the science time can be scheduled by NOTSA; the rest is Spanish and CCI International Time. Award of observing time does not imply any financial support from NOT. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their proposal as soon as possible after the evaluation by the NOT Observing Programmes Committee and preparation of the observing schedule by the Director. Brief explanatory notes are provided to proposers, especially for rejected proposals.

6: The OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme provides access for external users to NOT and several other European telescopes with support from the European Commission. NB: Proposals for OPTICON time are submitted and reviewed separately two months before the normal NOT proposals, and all eligible non-Nordic applicants should follow the OPTICON procedure. See http://www.ing.iac.es/opticon/ for the next proposal deadline and all other details on this programme.

October 3, 2011 J. Andersen Director, NOTSA

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INTEGRAL AO-9 Call for Data Right Proposals

INTEGRAL Announcement of Opportunity for Obtaining Data Rights to Targets within Previously Approved AO-9 Observing Programmes

You are nvited to respond to the 9th “Announcement of Opportunity” by submitting proposals for obtaining data rights to targets within the previously approved AO-9 observing programmes.

The gamma-ray observatory INTEGRAL is the second medium-sized mission of ESA’s Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It was launched on a Proton rocket on 17th October 2002 and offers astronomers a unique opportunity to perform high resolution spectroscopy in the energy range from 20 keV to 8 MeV (Spectrometer SPI) and high angular resolution imaging in the energy range from 15 keV to 10 MeV (Imager IBIS). Concurrent monitoring of high energy sources is performed by the co-aligned monitors in the 3 keV to 35 keV X-ray band (X-ray Monitor JEM-X) and in the optical wavelengths (V, 500 – 600 nm) by the Optical Monitoring Camera OMC.

This Announcement solicits proposals for obtaining data rights to targets within AO-9 observations to be carried out in the period from January 2012 to December 2012. Proposers from all over the world are welcome to participate. All proposals will be subject to an independent peer review by the INTEGRAL Time Allocation Committee (TAC). Potential proposers are expected to prepare and submit proposals in electronic form by the deadline given below using the INTEGRAL Proposal Generation Tool software.

The documentation, list of approved observations and proposal submission and support software for this Announcement are being made available via the Internet. More information


IDEALS Workshop in Trieste

IDEALS: Investigating Dark Energy At Large Scales

IDEALS is an informal workshop organized at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy and financed by the Young Scientist SISSA Grant.

Dates: 10th-11th November 2011

The deadline is on 30th September 2011 but earlier registration is strongly encouraged as a very limited number of participants will be accepted.

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Meeting announcement: APEX2012

Science with the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX2012)

To be held in Schloss Ringberg, Tegernsee, Germany, from the 12th - 15th February 2012.

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PostDoc position at IRAM

Announcement for one postdoc position at IRAM Grenoble, France.

Deadline for application is : September 30th, 2011.

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Postdoc Position in Optical/NIR/sub-mm Polarimetry

The Polarimetry Group at the Astronomy Department, IAG, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, invites applications for a 2-yr postdoctoral fellowship, renewable for an additional year.

We have been carrying out an Optical/Infrared Survey (O/IR) of Interstellar Polarization of the Galaxy aimed at improving our knowledge of the structure of the interstellar magnetic field. Targets include High Galactic Latitude Clouds, general ISM, Open Clusters and nearby Dark Clouds. Our group also carries out observations and modeling of circumstellar envelopes, as well as MHD modeling of the ISM, with other colleagues in the Astronomy Department. Collaboration with a number of groups around the world on these and other topics is also an on-going activity. Extension of our work towards the sub-mm (Planck, ALMA & APEX) is a recent, exciting scientific pursuit being carried out.

We have developed polarimetric instrumentation and software for the Brazilian National Observatory (LNA) and CTIO (Chile). Currently, a large (2 sq.deg.) area imaging polarimeter is being built and which will carry out SOUTH POL, a survey of the whole Southern sky in polarized light. SOUTH POL will use an 80-cm Robotic Telescope, which will be sited at CTIO in late 2012.

The successful candidate is expected to:

- participate in and support the analysis and publication of our Group's existing O/IR Survey data;
- implement the O/IR Survey data reduction pipeline in IRAF and related database;
- implement SOUTH POL's data reduction pipeline in IRAF and related database, and be involved in all planing aspects of this project, in preparation for its deployment.
- support our Group's observational work at LNA, CTIO and ESO observatories;
- support the preparation and execution of proposals in the sub-mm domain;
- maintain the Group's web pages, including the implementation of a web exposure time calculator.

Close involvement with the other activities of the Group is highly encouraged. A positive attitude towards working collaboratively in a research environment is paramount.

Applicants should have:
- experience in optical and/or NIR imaging or imaging polarimetry; experience with far IR/sub-mm data, in intensity or polarization, would be highly desirable.
- programming skills in IRAF and/or PyRAF scripts; knowledge of IDL would be highly desirable.

Applicants should send a CV, including publication list, statement of interest and two letters of recommendation to:

Prof. Antonio Mario Magalhaes Departamento de Astronomia IAG-USP Rua do Matao, 1226 Sao Paulo - SP 05508-900 Brazil

or, preferably, via email to mario@astro.iag.usp.br.

Deadline for applications is September 30, 2011, or until a suitable candidate is found.

The successful applicant is expected to take on his position no later than March 2012, although the exact date is negotiable.

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ESA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Science

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA Science and Robotic Exploration Programmes. Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2012. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

ESA fellows are enrolled in ESA's Social Security Scheme, which covers medical expenses, invalidity and death benefits. A monthly deduction covers these short-term and long-term risks.

The deadline for applications is 1 October 2011.

Questions on the scientific aspects of the ESA Fellowship in Space Science not answered in the above pages can be sent by e-mail to the fellowship coordinator, Guido De Marchi, at the address: fellowship@rssd.esa.int

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Post-doc position Amsterdam

Post-doc position "Multi-object spectroscopy on the E-ELT"

The Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) is participating in a study for OPTIMOS-EVE, a fiber-fed optical to near-infrared multi-object spectrograph for the European Extremely Large Telescope. The Dutch E-ELT instrumentation program within the framework of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) aims at the Dutch participation in the design and construction of at least one E-ELT instrument. The OPTIMOS-EVE consortium is led by Francois Hammer (GEPI Paris, F), Lex Kaper (University of Amsterdam and NOVA, NL), and Gavin Dalton (RAL Oxford, UK); the Project Manager is Ramon Navarro (NOVA-ASTRON, Dwingeloo, NL). The Netherlands is also involved in phase-A studies for multi-object spectrograph concepts on 4-8m-class telescopes (WEAVE on the WHT La Palma, 4MOST on VISTA, and MOONS on the VLT). These projects share several work packages and are relevant for the future development of an E-ELT MOS.

Successful applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, or equivalent, and affinity with instrumentation. The position will be offered for a period of three years, in the research group (Massive stars: on their formation, evolution and fate) of prof.dr. Lex Kaper at the University of Amsterdam. Salaries are commensurate to the university salary scale for postdoctoral fellows. For more information, please contact prof.dr. Lex Kaper (L.Kaper@uva.nl or +31-20 5257474). Applications should include a CV, a list of publications, and three reference letters (to be sent separately); evaluation will start on October 3 and continue until a suitable candidate has been found.



NON-NORDIC TIME AT THE NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE IN PERIOD 45

The NOTSA Council has decided to limit non-Nordic time (i.e., projects with non-Nordic P.I.s) to approx. 15% of all the science time that can be scheduled by NOTSA, effective as of Period 42.
Projects by European P.I.s *MUST* be submitted through the OPTICON common time allocation procedure.

Note that the deadline for such proposals for Period 45 is

31 August 2011 at 12.00 UT

Non-Nordic proposals that are submitted outside the OPTICON process will only be considered in exceptionally compelling cases.

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University Assistant (postdoc) at Dept. of Astronomy, Vienna

The Institute of Astronomy Vienna invites applications for a postdoctoral position in observational extragalactic astrophysics. We are seeking a highly motivated and qualified astronomer able to conduct independent research and to attract further team members within the newly established extragalactic chair of Professor Bodo Ziegler. We expect excellence in optical/nearinfrared astronomy with strong expertise in multi-object and 3D/IFU spectroscopy and very good experience with galaxy kinematics and morphologies. Our group participates in large programs using HST and ESO/VLT to quantitatively study distant galaxies, surveying local galaxies with IFU spectroscopy and investigating x-ray detected groups and clusters (galaxy kinematics, stellar populations, star formation, AGN activity).

Interested candidates should upload their application electronically online to the Job Center of the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at, ID number 2277). It should contain a curriculum vitae, an outline of the planned research programs for the 4-years duration of the employment (max. 4 pages), a summary of past research (max. 2 pages), and a publication list. Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation sent by the referees directly to the above address.

Review starts 1 August 2011 but applications submitted thereafter will be fully considered until the position is filled.

For further information please contact Prof. Ziegler at bodo.ziegler@univie.ac.at.

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TRR33 WINTER SCHOOL ON COSMOLOGY

THEORY FOR OBSERVERS, OBSERVATIONS FOR THEORISTS

Passo del Tonale, Italy

4-9 December 2011

The Transregional Collaborative Research Centre TRR33 is glad to announce the Fifth TRR33 Winter School on Cosmology. The school targets at PhD students and postdocs and will cover both theoretical and observational aspects of modern cosmology.

The Transregional Collaborative Research Centre TRR33 is glad to announce the Fifth TRR33 Winter School on Cosmology. The school targets at PhD students and postdocs and will cover both theoretical and observational aspects of modern cosmology.

The Transregional Collaborative Research Centre TRR33 is glad to announce the Fifth TRR33 Winter School on Cosmology. The school targets at PhD students and postdocs and will cover both theoretical and observational aspects of modern cosmology.

Registration is now OPEN: the deadline is on 20th September 2011. To register, please visit our website.

Please email us with any further questions at winter.school@thphys.uni-heidelberg.de

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Editor-in-Chief of A&A

The Board of Directors of A&A invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief, which will become vacant on January 1, 2012. Candidates should be prepared to commit the time needed to head the team of Associate Editors and to handle the peer review of a sizable number of manuscripts. The new Editor-in-Chief will lead the Journal with the help of the Letters Editor-in-Chief and of the Managing Editor, who is in charge of the editorial office currently based at the Paris Observatory.

Support for office equipment and secretarial help, as well as an annual indemnity, is provided for this position. The initial term of appointment is four years.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a letter of intent summarising the candidate’s qualifications and motivation for seeking the position of Editor-in-Chief. Any possible support for the task from the candidate’s home institute in terms of equipment, office space or personnel should also be outlined in the application.

Applications should be e-mailed in PDF format to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, with a copy to the Vice-Chairperson. Prompt acknowledgement of receipt will be given. Informal inquiries about the position may be directed to the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson of the Board or to the current Editor-in-Chief (see below).

Dr. Birgitta Nordström
Chairperson, A&A Board
The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
Juliane Maries vej 30
DK-2100 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone: +45 28755420
email: birgitta@nbi.ku.dk
Vice-Chairperson of the Board: Dr. Christiaan Sterken
email: csterken@vub.ac.be
Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Claude Bertout
email: claude.bertout@obspm.fr

Applications received by July 31, 2011 will receive full consideration.



Post-doc position in LAM

The Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille offers postdoctoral positions in cosmology and deep galaxy surveys. The successful candidate will work with either Jean-Gabriel Cuby and Stephane Basa, as well as other members of the cosmology group. Particular consideration will be given to candidates with expertise in observational cosmology, detection of high-redshift galaxies and GRB host galaxies.

Applications should include: a CV, a publications list, a research statement and three letters of recommendation (contact: Jean-Gabriel Cuby ).



Post-doctoral position at IAA (Granada)

Stellar population analysis with 3D IFUs

Centro: Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA, CSIC, Granada)

Postdoctoral fellowship

We are seeking a post-doctoral candidate with a suitable background to work on the following topics. Stellar population analysis with 3D IFUs, the next generation of fitting techniques: Stellar populations in galaxies come in all sorts of different types of star forming events, locations, timings, metallicities and histories. Thus galaxies are a mix bag of spatial and time distributions of star formation histories; a bag tied with gravity, and set in a surrounding environment. Disentangling this complex scenario is one of the main goals of stellar population synthesis studies, in which our group is heavily involved.Present day astronomical instrumentation has made it a daily reality the availability for a given galaxy of a full ensemble of 2D and 3D multiwavelength data sets, covering from UV to far IR, in 2D narrow and broad band images and in 3D spectral sets (fiber spectrographs, etc). Furthermore, these are now becoming available for large surveys of galaxies, some of which are broad band (many current ones, VISTA etc, and some huge coming in the next decade, e.g., LDSS), some intermediate/narrow band (e.g, ALHAMBRA, JPASS, etc), some include broad band imaging and simple spectroscopy (such as SDSS). One such unique survey in which we are involved is CALIFA (see below), a 3D fiber survey of 600 galaxies. Many of the galaxies in these surveys have satellite imaging. Observations: CAHA Legacy: CALIFA, the CAHA Legacy program, is the most ambitious complete spectroscopic wide-field IFU survey of galaxies to date. It is observing a statistically well-defined sample of 600 galaxies in the local universe with PMAS/PPAK integral field spectrophotometer, mounted on the Calar Alto 3.5m telescope. The spectral range covered is 3700-7000 Å, with a final spatial sampling interpolated to 1.6 arcsec. In addition to this main 3D data set, all galaxies already have SDSS imaging and central spectra (from where the sample is drawn) and many have Galex and Spitzer imaging.

Application Candidates must be registered into the CSIC Job Bank by 2011 June 25. If you are interested in joining our group for this exciting research, send your CV to the P.I., Dra. Rosa M. González Delgado rosa@iaa.es, before 2011 July 15. The post is initially offered for two years with a salary scale equivalent to Juan de la Cierva (1909.52 € gross per month). The selected candidate will start on 2011 October 1.

Group’s web page: www.iaa.es/~rosa/AYA2010 CSIC Job Bank: https://sede.csic.gob.es/servicios/formacion-y-empleo/bolsa-de-trabajo -------------- More information


3-year PS1 position at MPIA

Postdoctoral Researcher in “Milky Way Structure” at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg (Reference number 11-05)

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg is seeking an ambitious, highly qualified postdoctoral researcher to work on mapping the stellar structure of the Milky Way. The successful candidate is expected to play a leading role in exploiting the PanStarrs1 (PS1) multi-colour imaging data that already cover ¾ of the sky to map the Milky Way’s stellar distribution, in particular our Galaxy’s outskirts: this could entail mapping the MW’s stellar halo (including stellar streams) and the complex structures of the outer disk, as well as searching for new ultra-faint satellite galaxies. We plan to also explore how to best characterize and quantify sub-structure and streams algorithmically for comparison with cosmological models. Experience with large photometric data sets and/or data bases is a plus, as is programming experience.

The starting date is expected to be the Fall/Winter of 2011. For further inquiries, please contact Hans-Walter Rix (rix@mpia.de). Candidates should send a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of research interest by August 1, 2011, and arrange for three letters of reference to be provided separately by the same date. Please concatenate CV, publication list, and research statement into a single PDF file. Send application materials to Thu Huong Witte-Nguy (witte@mpia.de). The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people and minority groups are particularly welcome. The MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable child care.



Postdoc position in cosmology at the Universidad de Valparaiso

Submission Dates
Post Date: June 1, 2011
Archive Date: June 30, 2011
Deadline to Apply for Job: July 15, 2011

Job Details
Job Category: Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution/Company Name: Universidad de Valparaiso
Institution Classification/Type: Foreign

Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: Veronica Motta Title: Professor Organization: Departamento
de Fisica y Astronomia, Facultad de Ciencias
Street Address Line 1: Universidad de Valparaiso
Street Address Line 2: Avda Gran Bretana 1111
City: Valparaiso
State/Province: Valparaiso
Zip/Postal Code: 2360102
Country: Chile
Telephone: +56-32-2508461
Email: veronica.motta@uv.cl

Contact Information For Inquiries About Job Email Address for Inquiries: veronica.motta@uv.cl
Related URLs: DFA webpage

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Researcher/Scientific Programmer, University of Oslo

Researcher/Scientific Programmer in solar physics to work on scientific software for the Hinode and IRIS space missions. The position is temporary with a duration of 30 months.

Deadline of applications: May 31, 2011

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in solar physics, within the project Solar Atmospheric Modelling. The position is for 3 years.

Deadline for applications: May 30, 2011

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cosmology

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in cosmology, with research relevant to the proposed European space mission Euclid. The position is for 2 years.

Deadline for applications: June 30, 2011

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Extragalactic Astrophysics

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Extragalactic Astrophysics at Swinburne.

Swinburne's Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing (CAS) invites applications for a 1-to-1.5 year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship supervised by Michael Murphy.

Applications should be e-mailed directly to Michael Murphy and must include a CV, publication list and a maximum of 2 pages highlighting past, present and future research interests.

Applicants should ensure that 2 referees e-mail reference letters to Michael Murphy by the application deadline, 1st June 2011.

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Full Professor at the University of Innsbruck

University Professor of Astrophysics with focus on observation/experiment at the Institute of Astro- and Particle Physics at the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics.

The Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics is a rapidly expanding institute with groups working in extragalactic and galactic astrophysics and in astroparticle physics. Two large programs have just been started (an EU funded excellence Master course and a doctorate school). As part of Austria’s in-kind contribution to ESO the Institute is providing sky background simulations. This position of Full Professor was established with Austria’s recent accession to ESO. Scientific excellence without preference for a specific field of research is emphasized.

Deadline for applications: June 15, 2011.

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postdoctoral positions at the University of Turku

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral researcher positions at the Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO (FINCA) of the University of Turku, Finland. The positions are available from 1 September 2011. Appointments are for fixed two years, with the possibility of an extension to third year, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

The deadline for applications by e-mail to: finca@utu.fi is June 1, 2011.

Applications must include a CV, a list of publications, an ESO-related research plan (max. 4 pages), and the contact details of at least two referees.

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post-doc announcement for a Fermi position in Saclay

Post-doctoral position in gamma-ray astronomy

Service d'Astrophysique, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex, France

Contact: Jean Ballet (jballet@cea.fr)

Deadline: 27 May 2011

Selection: June 2011

To apply, please submit by email a curriculum vitae, a statement describing how you plan to get involved in the team, and two letters of recommendation.

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GALAXY MERGERS IN AN EVOLVING UNIVERSE

Place: Hualien, Taiwan
Date: Oct 23~28, 2011

Galaxy mergers play a vital role in the evolution of galaxies: building more massive galaxies, triggering starburst and AGN activity and transforming spirals into ellipticals. At the same time accretion of dark matter and IGM gas are also significant to the cosmic evolution of the halos and galaxies within them.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together observational and theoretical researchers in this field to synthesize recent results addressing major uncertainties : What are the frequencies and basic characteristics of mergers in different cosmic epochs? Are most of high-z extreme-starbursts and AGNs mergers, or are they galaxies with strong cold IGM gas accretion? Are nearly all elliptical galaxies formed through mergers? Do mergers and normal disc galaxies have different star-formation/gas-density relations (Kennicutt-Schmidt law) and stellar initial mass functions (IMF)?

Deadline for registration: July 31, 2011.

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Postdocs jobs at IAC Tenerife

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC, Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for ONE post-doctoral position in Astrophysics to work with Dr. Johan Knapen on aspects of the structure, kinematics, and evolution of nearby galaxies.

Deadline for applications: May 31st, 2011

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PhD Vacancies at Ivs, K.U.Leuven, Belgium

PhD positions available at the institute of astronomy of the K.U.Leuven, Belgium.

Closing date for applications is 1st of July 2011.

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Challenges for Early Universe Cosmology Conference

at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, July 12-16, 2011.

The conference will bring leading researchers together to discuss the major unresolved questions. Each day will focus on a topic of fundamental importance:

Day 1: inflation and eternal inflation
Day 2: the measure problem
Day 3: competing models
Day 4: fundamental theory
Day 5: the entropy problem

The goal is to encourage new thinking on each of these topics.

Registration will remain open until May 31, or until full.

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Conference announcement

Upcoming conference

"First Light and Faintest Dwarfs: Extreme Probes of the Cold Dark Matter Paradigm"

to be held at KITP/UCSB between Feb 13, 2012 and Feb 17, 2012.

Applications for contributed talks and posters will be accepted until October 1, 2011

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The annual Danish Physical Society / Astronomy meeting

The annual Danish Physical Society / Astronomy meeting is scheduled for 21-22 June 2011 at Nyborg Strand.

This year's meeting will feature Debra Fischer as Astronomy plenum speaker and 3 Astronomy sessions – plus the parallel sessions in other areas of physics.

All contributions are strongly encouraged (talks as well as posters), but each of the three astrophysics sessions will revolve around the following topics:

- Planets and asteroseismology
- Star formation near and far
- Extra-galactic astrophysics

The meeting web site is now finally open for submission of abstracts.

Note that the deadline has been postponed to May 27.

Support from IDA for participation of MSc students is available upon request to IDA (ida@astro.ku.dk) and participation of PhD students is supported by the Danish Astrophysics Research School (upon request to DARS secretary Anette Skovgaard, as@phys.au.dk).

Remember also to register at Nyborg Strand's web site (sorry, all in Danish so get some help from a Danish colleague!)

http://www.conferencemanager.dk/dfs2011/

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Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics

Uppsala University

Applications are invited for the Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics at the Division for Astronomy & Space Physics. We are around 30 researchers carrying out theoretical and observational astronomical research on stars, stellar environments, galaxies, the Solar System and extrasolar planetary systems, as well as development of astronomical instrumentation. Our current research is described here.

More information about the position and instructions on how to apply is available the full announcement.

The final date for applications is June 30, 2011.

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FELLOWSHIP ON THE PHYSICS OF THE IGM @ TRIESTE OBSERVATORY

Call for a postdoctoral fellowship of 2+1 yrs at the Trieste Observatory, which is part of INAF the Italian Institute for Astrophysics.

The focus of the fellowship is on the physics of the Intergalactic Medium (IGM). The candidate will be part of the cosmoIGM team, a 5-yrs project which has been recently funded by the European Research Council.

The deadline for the application is June 30, 2011.

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Fermi Summer School

The 2011 Fermi Summer School will be held at the University of Delaware Conference Center in Lewes, Delaware, from May 31 - June 10.

This school will cover topics in high energy and very high energy astrophysics, instrumentation and data analysis.

Applications are being accepted now through April 15.

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Call for Proposals - ALMA Early Science Cycle 0

The call for ALMA early science proposals was just released.

Note the first deadline (April 29th) for the submission of a notice of intent for any planned ALMA early science proposals.

As mentioned previously we have debated organizing one or more ALMA training sessions this spring. If you are interested in this, please fill-in the Doodle poll at:

http://www.doodle.com/vne4ttxdk57uxuqv

For more information, please check the website http://www.astrofysik.dk/dfsa

All the details are available at the newly-opened ALMA Science Portal, which is jointly provided by the ALMA Regional Centers operated by the ALMA Partners.

This marks a significant point in the history the ALMA project, which can trace its genesis to a meeting that took place in February 1983, just over 28 years ago. We would like to acknowledge the contributions made by the many people from all over the world who have worked to develop and realize the ALMA dream, and those that continue to work towards its successful completion and operation.

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2012 KITP PROGRAM

Application call for the 2012 KITP program: "First galaxies and Faint Dwarfs". Note that the online application deadline is May 31st of this year and that because of VERY limited space and resources, likely a selection of applicants will have to be made. KITP has the final decision in this process, although we hope to accomodate as many participants as possible within the boundaries of the program. We also hope for your application to this program. Please do not hesitate to contact us or KITP for questions.

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Swedish Astronomers' Days 2011

Welcome to the Swedish Astronomers' Days 2011

which will take place from the 29th of September to the 1st of October, at Chalmers in Gothenburg!

During the Astronomers' Days, professional and amateur astronomers meet to discuss the latest research results and the future development of astronomy.

The scientific programme will consist of invited talks, contributed talks, and posters, and include a visit to Onsala Space Observatory on Saturday (1 Oct). The programme will start after lunch on Thursday (29 Sept.) and end on Saturday afternoon (1 Oct.).

Deadlines for registration:

Title and abstract of talk: Sunday 12 June 2011.

Title and abstract of poster: Sunday 4 September 2011.

Registration for participation: Sunday 4 September 2011.

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SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT - NORDIC ALMA PROPOSAL WORKSHOP

Onsala, Sweden May 18/19th 2011

The ALMA Call for proposals for Cycle 0 (Early Science) has just been issued !

In order to assist you in the preparation of your proposal(s), the Nordic ARC Node will organise a workshop to be held in Onsala, on May 18-19th.

The first day of the workshop (~9:30 - 17:00) will include presentations and tutorials on:
- Basics of interferometry: minimum knowledge for writing a successful ALMA proposal
- ALMA Early Science capabilities
- The ALMA Observing Tools: your path to submit an ALMA proposal
- The ALMA simulator
- Short (<5min,1 slide) presentations of participants science interests
- The Nordic ARC: help and support

The second day, the Nordic ARC staff will be available for assistance in your proposal preparation on a face-to-face basis.

The number of participants **is limited**, we therefore encourage you to write expressing your interest in attending as soon as possible. The final deadline for registration is -- Thursday April 14th --.

Please email your interest to:

nordic-arc @ chalmers.se

with "Registration ALMA Early Science workshop May2011" in the subject line.

Important dates:
- April 14th: deadline for registration to the Nordic ARC "Proposal preparation" workshop
- May 18-19th: "Proposal preparation" workshop
- June 1st: opening of proposal submission
- June 30th: deadline for proposal submission
-> Check this webpage for updates on the schedule and practical issues regarding the workshop:

http://www.chalmers.se/rss/oso-en/observations/alma-regional-centre/meetings-training

-> For any question, please send an email to nordic-arc @ chalmers.se

-> You are also welcome to register to the Nordic ARC mailing list at http://www.chalmers.se/rss/oso-en/observations/alma-regional-centre/contact-us_1

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PhD positions in Dublin

The School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin has been awarded 15 PhD studentships (doktorandtjänster) two of which are allocated for stellar astrophysics, (e.g. on stellar spectroscopy and line formation of cool stars).

These studentships are for 4-years at the standard Ireland stipend of 16,000 Euro/year and includes EU fees.

Deadline: Monday 18th April 2011.

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Second announcement for the AHAR2011 conference

The 1. Physics Institute of the University of Cologne is announcing

"The Central Kiloparsec in Galactic Nuclei" workshop.

Topics of the workshop are:

* The nuclei of AGN and nearby QSO candidates
* The central few 100 pc of nuclear environment
* (High-mass) star formation in that region
* Accretion onto SMBHs
* The physics of nuclear jets and their interaction with the ISM
* Galactic Center
* Theoretical modeling of disks and jets in AGN and

nearby QSO candidates
* Current and upcoming instrumentation for ELTs, LBT, VLTI, e-Merlin, VLBI & ALMA

The workshop will take place in Bad Honnef (Germany) from 29th of august 2011 to 2nd of september 2011.

Preliminary registration deadline is April 30th but late registrations may still be considered until June 30th.

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OBSERVING TIME AT THE NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE IN PERIOD 44

NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

PERIOD 44: OCTOBER 1, 2011 ¨C APRIL 1, 2012

The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) invites applications for observing time in Period 44, October 1, 2011 ¨C April 1, 2012.

The deadline for receipt of the applications is: Monday, May 2, 2011, at UT 12.00 noon.

Note: Late applications are not accepted.

However, proposals for short programmes (¡Ü 4 hours) using fixed instrument setups are welcome at any time.

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Pressemeddelelse - Forsknings- og Innovationsstyrelsen

Pressemeddelelse, 6. april 2011

Roadmap for dansk forskningsinfrastruktur Videnskabsministeren lancerer nu en roadmap for Danmarks forskningsinfrastruktur. Her er sat 19 hegnspæle i form af prioriterede forslag til, hvor dansk forskning skal udbygges. Seks af forslagene til en værdi af 200 mio. kr. realiseres allerede i år.
Laboratorier, forsøgsanlæg, testfaciliteter, databaser og andre værktøjer udgør med en fælles betegnelse Danmarks forskningsinfrastruktur. Hidtil er infrastrukturen opbygget via ansøgninger fra de enkelte forskningsinstitutioner. Nu fremlægger videnskabsministeren en egentlig roadmap, som indeholder en samlet plan for de kommende års udbygning af den danske forskningsinfrastruktur. ”Hvis Danmark og danske forskere skal være med, hvor de videnskabelige gennembrud sker, er det en forudsætning, at vi bruger pengene bedst muligt. Den nye roadmap viser, hvilke faciliteter der bør prioriteres højest”, siger videnskabsminister Charlotte Sahl-Madsen. Videnskabsministeriets roadmap er lavet i samarbejde med landets forskningsinstitutioner og udpeger i alt 19 konkrete projekter, der kan forbedre den danske forskningsinfrastruktur. Videnskabsministeren har på den baggrund valgt seks projekter, som med en samlet støtte på godt 200 mio. kr. fra den nationale pulje til forskningsinfrastruktur vil blive søgt realiseret allerede i år.

Det drejer sig om følgende projekter:
• Digitalt Humaniora Laboratorium (DigHumLab)
• Stor national vindtunnel
• EATRIS - European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure for medicine
• Dansk GHz Faststof NMR Instrumentcenter
• DanSeis - Nationalt Center for Seismisk Instrumentering
• Reorganisering og styrkelse af dansk e-Science.

”De udvalgte forskningsinfrastrukturer har det tilfælles, at de er af bred national interesse og kan bringe dansk forskning helt i front. Det er vigtigt, at vores investeringer anvendes, hvor behovet og potentialet for at skabe viden, udvikling og vækst er størst”, siger videnskabsminister Charlotte Sahl-Madsen.
I Danmark har regeringen og forligspartierne bag Velfærdsforliget siden 2007 afsat mere end 800 mio. kr. til investeringer i stor forskningsinfrastruktur af national betydning.

• Dansk roadmap for forskningsinfrastruktur 2011

Yderligere oplysninger

• Videnskabsminister Charlotte Sahl-Madsen kan kontaktes gennem kommunikationschef Anders Frandsen, tlf. 7231 8008, email anf@vtu.dk

• Kontorchef Peter Sloth, Forsknings- og Innovationsstyrelsen, tlf. 7231 8290, email pesl@fi.dk

• Specialkonsulent Anders Ødegaard, Forsknings- og Innovationsstyrelsen, tlf. 7231 8282, email aod@fi.dk

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Postdoctoral position at the University of Central Lancashire

Position Title: Dust emission from forming and evolving galaxies

Institution: Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, University of Central Lancashire, Attention: Dr. Cristina C. Popescu
Email address for inquiries: cpopescu@uclan.ac.uk

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Astrophysics and Supercomputing of the University of Central Lancashire, UK, to carry out research into dust emission from forming and evolving galaxies, working with Dr. Cristina Popescu. The holder of this position will perform calculations of the transfer of radiation in numerically simulated galaxies, with the aim of predicting the relation of the amplitude and spectrum of dust emission to the basic physical characteristics of the galaxies and their environment, considered in a cosmological context. The postdoctoral fellow will have access to the state-of-the art cosmological simulations and dusty radiative transfer codes developed at the Horrocks Institute. There will also be outstanding opportunities for confrontation of these predictions with state-of-the-art observations due to the participation of the Horrocks Institute in Herschel Space Observatory/ATLAS far-infrared/submm and GAMA optical spectroscopic extragalactic surveys. The successful candidate will have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely related field. He or she would ideally have experience in dusty radiative transfer/dust emission calculations; some familiarity with N-body/SPH/AMR calculations and/or semi-analytic galaxy formation/chemical evolution models also would be of advantage. However, scientists with other research backgrounds in theoretical and observational extragalactic astronomy who are highly motivated to work in these areas of research are also strongly encouraged to apply.

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Post-doctoral Position at the University of Oulu

Post-doctoral Position in Analysis and Interpretation of MID-IR observations of nearby galaxies

The Department of Physics at University of Oulu invites applications for a postdoctoral position in astronomy, related to the analysis and interpretation of S4G data (Spitzer Survey of Stellar Structure in galaxies, PI Kartik Sheth, see http://www.cv.nrao.edu/~ksheth/S4G/), which is a comprehensive 3.6 and 4.5 micron survey of over 2000 nearby galaxies.

Possible research topics include 2D decompositions and the relation of structural parameters to galaxy properties and environment, simulation estimates of bar pattern speeds, N-body modeling of interacting galaxies, etc., depending on candidates interests. Besides S4G data, the candidate will also have access to NIRS0S survey of lenticular galaxies.

Candidates should have obtained, by the starting date, a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or equivalent, in an area relevant to these projects. The postdoc position is funded by the Academy of Finland, and it will be filled to a maximum of 2 years. The salary is based on the experience of the applicant: typical salary for a recently graduated PhD is ~3000 EUR/month. A possible starting date could be as early as August 1, 2011.

To apply, please send a CV, publication list, and statement of research interests to Prof. Heikki Salo, heikki.salo@oulu.fi, or Dr. Eija Laurikainen (eija.laurikainen@oulu.fi), and arrange to have three letters of reference forwarded to the same email addresses.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2011.

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Supernova Workshop

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT -

Supernova Workshop at AlbaNova, Stockholm, Sweden August 10-13 2011

"Explosive Ideas about Massive Stars - from Observations to Modeling".

The goal of this workshop is to focus on recent progress in research of core-collapse supernovae, circumstellar interaction in cosmic explosions and supernova remnants, with an emphasis on linking models to observations. The meeting will be held at AlbaNova in Stockholm, and the workshop is also inspired by Claes Fransson's 60th birthday. The banquet dinner will be held on a boat trip in the Stockholm archipelago.

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STRUCTURE IN CLUSTERS AND GROUPS OF GALAXIES IN THE CHANDRA ERA

STRUCTURE IN CLUSTERS AND GROUPS OF GALAXIES IN THE CHANDRA ERA

July 12-14, 2011

at the DoubleTree Guest Suites in Boston, MA.

DEADLINES:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Final deadline for contributed talk abstract submission

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Final deadline for general registration and poster abstract submission

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Frontier Science Opportunities with JWST

2nd announcement

We are just 6 weeks away from the early registration and abstract submittal deadline for the "Frontier Science Opportunities with the James Webb Space Telescope" meeting. The meeting will bring together astronomers from all over the world to share ideas on how JWST can impact a wide range of scientific investigations, and will take place at STScI on June 6-8th, 2011. We have an excellent list of confirmed invited speakers (see below) and have already had a large number of contributed abstracts submitted.

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Meeting "The Dark Universe"

First announcement of the international meeting

The Dark Universe
Heidelberg, Germany, October 4-7, 2011.

The meeting will bring together theoreticians and experimentalists/observers from particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics, to present and discuss the latest research results in the fields of dark matter and dark energy, and to indicate new paths for future research.

The deadline for registration is July 15, 2011.

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PhD position

Announcement of a PhD position on the topic

'Radio Studies of Nearby Infra-Red Luminous Galaxies'

at Chalmers in the radio astronomy and astrophysics group.

Deadline for applications May 15th.

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LECTURESHIP IN THEORETICAL ASTROPHYSICS

Institute for Computational Cosmology
Durham University, UK

The Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham University invites applications for a Lectureship in theoretical Astrophysics. The position will begin in the Summer of 2011 or thereafter. The areas of interest are NOT restricted to cosmology but encompass all areas of theoretical Astrophysics broadly interpreted, including computational astrophysics and data interpretation. The lecturer will be expected to engage in research, postgraduate student supervision and undergraduate teaching.

Application closing date: 31 March 2011

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Postdoctoral position in Potsdam for MUSE

a position for a postdoctoral associate in extragalactic astrophysics is available at the AIP.

Applicants with a strong scientific interest in MUSE, who is able and willing to contribute already significantly to the science preparation activities, for example in the dry runs, will be preferred.

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PhD fellowships at SISSA, Italy

Highly motivated students to SISSA PhD courses in Astrophysics.

SISSA is now in the process of recruiting the class of students who will commence their studies in the fall of 2011.

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Very Wide Field Surveys in Light of the Astro2010"

Registration for the Workshop "Very Wide Field Surveys in Light of the Astro2010" is now open. The Workshop will be held at STScI in the week June 13-16, 2011.

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PhD Course announcement

Space Science Center, University of Copenhagen, announces a PhD course in Space Science, 11-15 April 2011.

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Junior Faculty Position in Dallas, Texas

The Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas has opened a search for a junior faculty position (tenure track) in observational cosmology, as an extension to our recent cosmology group. Gravitational lensing is one of the areas of interest. The ad is available on the AAS job register as #27102.

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The X-Ray Universe 2011

SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT

"The X-Ray Universe 2011"

The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is organising a major astrophysical symposium from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th June 2011 in Berlin, Germany.

Please submit the registration form to register for the conference before 28 April 2011.

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IXO science meeting

IV ANNOUNCEMENT.

IXO science meeting: "Present status and future prospects of X-ray Astronomy" March 14-16, 2011, in Rome (downtown) c/o CNR Headquarters, Pz.le A. Moro 7

The final Programme is now available

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NORDIC ALMA PROPOSAL WORKSHOP

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT - NORDIC ALMA PROPOSAL WORKSHOP

Onsala, Sweden May 18/19th 2011

ALMA will start accepting Early Science proposals on 2011 June 1st, with a proposal deadline on June 30.

In order to assist you in the preparation of your proposal(s), the Nordic ARC Node will organise a workshop to be held in Onsala, on May 18-19th. The first day of the workshop will include presentation and tutorials on:

- ALMA Early Science capabilities
- The ALMA Observing Tools
- The ALMA simulator

The second day, the Nordic ARC staff will be available for assistance in your proposal preparation on a face-to-face basis.

The number of participants **is limited**, we therefore encourage you to write expressing your interest in attending as soon as possible. The final deadline for registration will be Thursday April 14th.

Please email your interest to:

nordic-arc.rss@chalmers.se

with "Registration ALMA Early Science workshop May2011" in the subject line.

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The Annual Danish Physical Society / Astronomy meeting

The annual Danish Physical Society / Astronomy meeting is scheduled for 21-22 June 2011 at Nyborg Strand. As usual the annual Women in Physics meeting is taking place the day before on 20 June, also at Nyborg Strand.

This year's meeting will feature Debra Fischer as Astronomy plenum speaker and 3 Astronomy sessions – plus the parallel sessions on various topics in physics.

Support from IDA for participation of MSc students is available upon application to IDA (ida@astro.ku.dk) and participation of PhD students is supported by the Danish Astrophysics Research School (upon application to DARS secretary Anette Skovgaard, as@phys.au.dk).

Registration, programme etc. will be posted at the Danish Astrophysical Society web site, dfs.nbi.dk, and at the IDA web site, www.astrofysik.dk.

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Newton International Fellowships

The Newton International Fellowship Scheme is delivered by the British Academy and the Royal Society The Scheme has been established to select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years. The Scheme covers researchers in all disciplines covered by the two academies – physical, natural or social sciences and humanities.

The aim of the scheme is to:
• ensure the UK engages with the best post-doctoral researchers, across all disciplines physical, natural or social sciences and humanities, from around the world.
• provide an opportunity for post-doctoral researchers at an early career stage from any country outside the UK to work at a UK research institution for up to two years.
• foster long-term relations between Newton Fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni programme for former Fellows of this Scheme.

Subjects Covered: The two-year Fellowships cover the broad range of the physical, natural or social sciences or humanities.

Eligibility: For eligibility criteria, please download the scheme notes.

Length of Tenure: 2 years, full-time

Value of Grant: The Fellowships include £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. Newton Fellows may be eligible for funding worth up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years after the Fellowship ends, will support follow-on activities to enable Newton Fellows to build long-term links with the UK.

Closing date for approved applications: 04 April 2011

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SZXHuntsville 2011

SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT

SZXHuntsville 2011: Cosmology with X-ray and Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect Observations of Galaxy Clusters

Huntsville, AL Sept. 19 - 22, 2011

SOC: M. Arnaud, J. Bartlett, F. Bertoldi, M. Bonamente, S. Borgani, J. Carlstrom, A. Evrard, W. Forman, M. Joy, A. Kravtsov, P. Rosati and M. Weisskopf

This is the second announcement of the conference/workshop "SZXHuntsville 2011: Cosmology with X-ray and Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect Observations of Galaxy Clusters" to be held in Huntsville, AL, on Sept. 19-22 2011.

Registration is now open.

Abstract submission closes July 1, early registration fee is $250.

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Call for applications IScAI 2011

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and partner institutions announce the 2011 edition of the International School for Advanced Instrumentation(IScAI).

The IScAI will start in June 2011 and is open to astronomers, physicists and engineers world-wide.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2011. Enrolled students may be eligible for financial aid.

The IScAI 2011 is funded by the grant "First Science with the GTC", under the Consolider-Ingenio 2010 Programme of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

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Opportunity at the Smithsonian Astro. Observatory

The 2011 Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Predoctoral Program invites applications from current graduate students pursuing thesis research in astrophysics or related fields. Applicants in theory, observation, instrument development, or laboratory experiments at a university or college are strongly encouraged to apply.

Online applications are due by April 15, 2011, 17:00 GMT. For application instructions and a login to the application, please see the Admissions page.

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PD position at MSSL, University College London

Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, UK is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to undertake a (observational) research programme into galaxy formation, related to the ESA Gaia mission or the ESA Herschel Space Observatory.

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2011.

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Nordic ALMA Regional Center Node Staff Astronomer

Nordic ALMA Regional Center Node Staff Astronomer -indefinite position

Onsala Space Observatory (OSO), the Swedish national facility for radio astronomy hosted by Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) has an immediate opening for an indefinite term support astronomer position in connection with its European ALMA regional centre (ARC) node.

Application deadline 2011-03-31.

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Conference on Galaxy Formation

An international conference 18-22 July 2011 Durham, United Kingdom exploring recent theoretical and observational advances in the formation and evolution of galaxies./p> The deadline for oral abstract submission is 11pm GMT on Tuesday, 1st March 2011. The talks programme will be decided shortly after this date and full registration will begin.

Those interested in attending the meeting but not presenting a talk are welcome to enter their details and (if applicable) poster abstracts in the web form after 1 March. If space is limited, preference will be given to earlier submissions.

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International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics,

The International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, or IOAA, is an annual event in which high school students from around the world compete against each other, solving theoretical, analytical and observational problems in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics.

Despite being relatively young compared to the other recognized International Science Olympiads (the first was held in 2007), the high standards of the Olympiad and the work it does to promote astronomy education, particularly in regions with emerging astronomy programmes, have gained the support of the President and Commission 46 of International Astronomical Union and of national governments of participating countries. The organisation and statues of the IOAA are based on those of the longrunning International Physics Olympiad.

Each IOAA is organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Education of the host country and lasts for ten days. Participating countries each send one team of up to five students (still attending or having just finished high school) and two adult team leaders, who approve the problems and translate them into the native languages of the students. Accomodation and participation costs during the ten days are covered by the organisers for the seven team members. Teams pay for travel to the host country, and for any extra persons ('observers') or accomodation beyond this period. Previous Olympiads were held in Thailand, Indonesia, Iran and China. The 5th IOAA will be held in Poland from 25th August to 3th September 2011, and the 6th in Brazil in 2012. We would like to invite your country to consider sending a team to the 5th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in Poland. We would be grateful if you could pass this letter on to any relevant institutions and organisations in your country.

Further information on the 5th IOAA will be available shortly at http://www.ioaa2011.pl .

Please contact the Local Organising Committee or for information about the IOAA in general, the Secretary of the IOAA, Dr. Chatief Kunjaya, at kunjaya@as.itb.ac.id.

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Postdoctoral position

Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris and LERMA-Observatoire de Paris

The program VACOUL, sponsored by the French Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (ANR), is advertising one postdoctoral position for the period 2011-2013 (2x12 months).

Deadline April 7, 2011.

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2 PhD positions at Lund Observatory

Lund Observatory is advertising 2 PhD employments in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Position 1. Research in this group is heavily focused on preparing for ESA's upcoming Gaia mission due for launch in 2013. The PhD student will join the group at a very exciting time and will focus on exploiting the Gaia science data from the point of view of fundamental physics. Contact person: David Hobbs (david@astro.lu.se)

Position 2: GAIA Research for European Astronomy Training - Marie Curie Initial Training Network (GREAT-ITN) "Unravelling the Milky Way - how unique and detectable are stellar moving groups?" The PhD position concerns empirical and theoretical investigations on how to detect and characterize so-called stellar moving groups. Contact person: Sofia Feltzing (sofia@astro.lu.se)

The application deadline is March 31, 2011.

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Assistant Director - NRAO

National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Assistant Director for New Mexico Operations

The NRAO currently operates a premier suite of facilities: the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA), the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), and the 100-m Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). It is also the North American lead in the construction and operation of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

The NRAO seeks an outstanding astronomer to serve as the Assistant Director for New Mexico Operations (AD-NM), the site of the EVLA and the VLBA. The EVLA, currently in its commissioning phase, offers extraordinary new and unique observational capabilities to the community. Likewise, the VLBA sensitivity upgrade and enhanced correlator capabilities provide extraordinary power for high precision astrometry and sub-milli-arcsecond imaging. The AD-NM is expected to provide the scientific leadership to enable the community to fully exploit the EVLA and VLBA, as part of the suite of NRAO facilities to address compelling new science in a broad range of areas, ranging from cosmology and the high redshift universe, black holes and pulsars, dark energy and dark matter, clusters and galaxies, cosmic magnetism, stellar and planetary formation, exo-planets and the solar system.

How To Apply:

Applicants are invited to apply online at https://careers.nrao.edu. Please combine into one PDF file a cover letter and curriculum vitae and attach to your application. As part of the application process, you will be prompted for the names and contact information of three individuals for letters of reference.

Deadline for receipt of applications to be considered for the position is February 25, 2011.

Questions about, or assistance with, the application process should be sent to Ms. Fonda Hamric, Human Resources, at fhamric@nrao.edu. Requests for additional information on the Assistant Director, New Mexico Operations should be sent to Dr. Tim Bastian, Head, Office of Science and Academic Affairs at tbastian@nrao.edu.

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Postdoctoral position in cosmology

A post-doctoral position ("Assegno di Ricerca") is available at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (OA Brera), member of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). The fellowship is funded in the framework of the Ministry of Research Project "Cosmology and Dark Energy with Large Galaxy Surveys". The duration of the fellowship is of one year, renewable for a second year (and possibly a third), upon availability of funding and assessment of performance. The successful candidate will be based in Merate, near Milano and will join the cosmology research group led by Luigi Guzzo.

The yearly salary will be around Euro 19,000 (as an "Assegno di Ricerca", this amount is tax free). Starting of appointment should be as soon as possible, and not later than spring 2011. All requirements for the PhD must be completed before September 2011.

Interested individuals should send a Curriculum Vitae, list of publications and statement of research interests in electronic form only (PDF), to the following address: luigi.guzzo@brera.inaf.it, with carbon copy to luca.ciarfaglia@brera.inaf.it. They should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to luigi.guzzo@brera.inaf.it.

Applications and letters received before 10 February 2011 will be given full consideration. Please reference "Cosmology Fellowship" on all correspondence.

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Postdoc Positions In Solar And Stellar MHD-Modeling

The Department of Physics at Helsinki University invites applications for two postdoctoral positions in astrophysics. The successful candidates will work in the `Active Suns' research project with Drs. Petri Käpylä and Maarit Mantere. The project concentrates on problems related to solar and stellar magnetism, especially numerical MHD-modeling and development of new numerical algorithms for GPU-architectures.

A PhD in astrophysics, physics, computer science, or a related field is required. The succesful candidates should have a background in at least one of the following areas: fluid mechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, numerical techniques and modeling. Previous experience with GPU-architechtures is considered beneficial.

The appointments will be made for a period of two years, starting on the 1st of July 2011 or some other suitable date. The salary is based on the expertise and experience of the applicant. Typical gross salary for a recently graduated PhD is ~3000EUR/month.

To apply, send a CV, list of publications, short description of research interests and experience (in pdf format), and a maximum of two letters of recommendation to Petri Käpylä (petri.kapyla@helsinki.fi).

The application deadline is on 31st March 2011.

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Exoplanet symposium in Lund, May 13, 2011

An announcement and an invitation – A one-day symposium on:

Exoplanets: Past, Present, and Future

will be held within the research theme of “Astrobiology: Past, Present, and Future”, at the Lund University Pufendorf Institute (www.pi.lu.se) on Friday May 13, 2011; the program is enclosed.

The meeting is open to all interested without any prior registration or any cost, but only up to the seating capacity of the Pufendorf auditorium. Since that is limited, it is strongly advised to reserve a seat (and a lunch) by sending an e mail to David.Duner@kultur.lu.se (on a first-come, first-served basis, but not later than by May 10).

On the day following the conference, there will a guided excursion to Tycho Brahe’s historic observatory and museum on the island of Ven (Hven).

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Observing Time at NOT Period 44

The NOTSA Council has decided to limit 'foreign' time (i.e., projects with non-Nordic P.I.s) to approx. 15% of all the science time that can be scheduled by NOTSA, effective as of Period 42. Projects by European P.I.s *MUST* be submitted through the OPTICON common time allocation procedure and note that the deadline for such proposals for Period 44 is

*** March 1, 2011 at 12.00 UT **

Non-Nordic proposals that are submitted outside the OPTICON process will only be considered on an exceptional basis.

Please bring this message to the attention of any non-Nordic colleagues who may consider to apply for NOT time in Period 44, i.e. the semester starting October 1, 2011; such projects *MUST* be submitted to OPTICON by March 1!

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Observation Time at NOT Period 44

CORRECTION: In the first announcement there is an error stating that observing proposals by European P.I.s *MUST* be submitted through the OPTICON common time allocation processs - see http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7/tna/opticon_call_new.html

Through an unfortunate oversight, the deadline for such proposals for Period 44 was given wrongly in the earlier mail. The correct date is:

*** 28 February 2011 at 12.00 UT **

As before, non-Nordic proposals that are submitted outside the OPTICON process will only be considered on an exceptional basis.

Please bring this message to the attention of any non-Nordic colleagues who consider applying for NOT time in Period 44; such projects *MUST* reach OPTICON by February 28!

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Postdoctoral position Univ. of Central Lancashire

Position Title: Dust emission from forming and evolving galaxies

Institution: Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, University of Central Lancashire, Attention: Dr. Cristina C. Popescu, Email address for inquiries: cpopescu@uclan.ac.uk

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Astrophysics and Supercomputing of the University of Central Lancashire, UK, to carry out research into dust emission from forming and evolving galaxies, working with Dr. Cristina Popescu. The holder of this position will perform calculations of the transfer of radiation in numerically simulated galaxies, with the aim of predicting the relation of the amplitude and spectrum of dust emission to the basic physical characteristics of the galaxies and their environment, considered in a cosmological context. The postdoctoral fellow will have access to the state-of-the art cosmological simulations and dusty radiative transfer codes developed at the Horrocks Institute. There will also be outstanding opportunities for confrontation of these predictions with state-of-the-art observations due to the participation of the Horrocks Institute in Herschel Space Observatory/ATLAS far-infrared/submm and GAMA optical spectroscopic extragalactic surveys. The successful candidate will have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely related field. He or she would ideally have experience in dusty radiative transfer/dust emission calculations; some familiarity with N-body/SPH/AMR calculations and/or semi-analytic galaxy formation/chemical evolution models also would be of advantage. However, scientists with other research backgrounds in theoretical and observational extragalactic astronomy who are highly motivated to work in these areas of research are also strongly encouraged to apply.

The position is available from June 2011. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 29 April 2011. Applicants should submit electronic copies of their CV, publication list, research interests & plans, and the contact details for three referees, along with the Application Form (available from URL3 above) to humanresources@uclan.ac.uk (cc'd to Dr. Cristina Popescu cpopescu@uclan.ac.uk); please quote reference number 31A-04-02 (Research Associate Dust Emission).

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Nordic Physics Meeting in Helsinki

The 2nd Nordic Physics meeting will be organized in Helsinki in March 29-31, 2011, in connection to Physics Days 2011, the 45th annual meeting of the Finnish Physical Society. Even though this note is short, I would like to encourage you to consider attending the meeting. We have made an effort to renovate the structure of the scientific program, now having parallel sessions on various scales, including Large scale that, in particular, welcomes presentations in astronomy. The idea is, however, to foster interactions in research pertaining to the same scales in different fields of study so do consider submissions to other sessions, too.

The complete list of sessions is as follows:

1. Sub-atomic scales
2. Atomic, molecular and nanoscale
3. Micron / continuum scale
4. Large scale
5. Special session: Educational physics

Abstract (1 page) deadline at Jan. 21, 2011.

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Int. Astronomical Youth Camp 2011

IAYC is a three-week long summer camp aiming to promote knowledge on astronomy and related sciences in a unique, international atmosphere. This year IAYC2011 will take place in the Czech Republic from July 17th to August 6th.

Deadline for early registration: April 8, 2011.

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Virtual Observatory France

Action Specifique Observatoires Virtuels France. Appel d'Offre 2011.

L'Appel d'Offre 2011 de l'Action Specifique Observatoires Virtuels France est ouvert.

Date limite imperative: 21 janvier 2011

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Ecole Internationale d'Astrophysique Daniel Chalonge

The Chalonge School 15th Paris Cosmology Colloquium 2011 " From Cold Dark Matter to Warm Dark Matter in the Standard Model of the Universe: Theory and Observations "

The International School Daniel Chalonge: 20 Years of Activity

Location:
Paris, Observatoire de Paris HQ in the historic Perrault building.

Dates: 20 , 21 , 22 July 2011

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Job notification SAFARI project scientist

Astronomers and engineers work together at SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research to push back the frontiers of technology and to advance the boundaries of scientific knowledge. SRON is considered to be a global leader in the area of earth and space science, due to the space instruments it develops for the satellites of ESA, NASA and JAXA.

SRON has recently built the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far Infrared (HIFI), one of the three instruments of the Herschel Space Observatory. Herschel, an European Space Agency (ESA) mission, was launched in May 2009. SRON is the Principal Investigator Institute for the development of the SAFARI Instrument for the Japanese SPICA mission (launch in 2017). SRON further participates in the CHAMP+ project for the APEX telescope in Chile, a heterodyne array receiver at 650 GHz and 810 GHz. The construction of the ALMA Band 9 receivers is done at the SRON premises in Groningen. SRON astronomers conduct science with these and other instruments, both independently and with staff and students at universities in the Netherlands.

To strengthen its “low energy” (IR/submm) astrophysical division and in particular the scientific preparation of the SAFARI instrument, SRON invites applications for a (Senior) Scientist / Astrophysicist Vacancy number SRON 10-23

This position within SRON’s Low Energy Astrophysics (LEA) division in Groningen (Netherlands) offers the opportunity to play a significant role in front-line astrophysical research in an environment with intimate knowledge of instrumentation, especially HIFI. The successful candidate is leading either in the field of star- and planet formation or in the field of galaxy formation and evolution. For both fields the emphasis can be either on predicting observable IR-submm phenomena, or on using world-class international IR-submm observational facilities.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct his/her own science programme, lead a group of PhD students and postdocs, partially through external funding from the Netherlands and Europe.

Applications: Letter of applications for this position, including a full CV, publication list, research statement (< 4 pages) and two references should be sent preferably via email to pz@sron.nl or else by regular mail to SRON, Department of Personnel and Organization, Sorbonnelaan 2, 3584 CA Utrecht, the Netherlands. Please state the vacancy number SRON 10-23 in the subject or on letter and envelope.

Closure of the application period is settled on February 1, 2011.



Advances in Computational Astrophysics

First Circular

"Advances in Computational Astrophysics:
methods, tools and outcomes"

June 13 - 17, 2011
Cefalu', Sicily (Italy)

The Astronomical Observatory of Rome (INAF) and the Department of Physics of the University of Roma La Sapienza, are organizing an International Meeting devoted to the advanced results and methodologies in the wide and modern area of computational astrophysics, in the well-established tradition of the Cefalu` Conferences.

Modern ground-based and space telescopes are fundamental tools for the study of cosmos. However, without a deep understanding of the physical processes underneath, telescopes alone cannot yield the whole comprehension of the physical universe that is the main topic of Astrophysics.

Deadlines:
Abstract submission: April 20, 2011
Early Registration: May 1, 2011
Hotel Booking: March 31, 2011

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EuroVO-ICE School, 21-24 March 2011, Strasbourg

Virtual Observatory School

First Announcement

March 21 - 24, 2011

Observatoire de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, FRANCE

The EURO-VO project, in the framework of the EURO-VO International Cooperation Empowerment (ICE), is organising an international School at the Observatoire de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.

Deadline for registration is February 7, 2011.

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Alpbach Summer School 2011

This years theme:
" Star formation across the universe ".

July 19-26, 2011

Application deadline: March 31, 2011.

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Post-doc positions at SISSA

The Astrophysics Sector (http://www.sissa.it/ap) of the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste (Italy) expects to have an opening for up to three research associate (postdoc) positions starting in Fall 2011. The positions are for two years (formally 1+1 but with renewal based only on reasonable scientific performance) and can be possibly extended for a further third year.

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Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral opportunity

Juan de la Cierva Fellowships are 3 years postdoctoral positions financed by the Spanish Government. The deadline this year is on February 17th, and the results are known in July-August, with a starting date by the end of the year. These fellowships are highly competitive, offered to young (less than three years from obtaining the PhD) promising doctors with an outstanding record of research (ideal then for a second postdoctoral position). The yearly salary of the JdC fellows is about 24000 euros before taxes, with additional installments for social and health security paid directly by the institute.

In order to be considered for these fellowships, and if its timing fits your intended schedule, please send us your CV, publication list, and a short statement on your research interests.

Please add the names and contact information of two or three reference persons who may know you and your work well. Given the short time left, please send all information to the emails below before February 5 in order to be considered for this competition to

Diego F. Torres
dtorres@ieec.uab.es

and

Nanda Rea
rea@ieec.uab.es

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