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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD) position in Planetary Science

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD) position in Planetary Science

University of Belgrade, Department of Astronomy logo

University of Belgrade, Department of Astronomy


Belgrade, Serbia


Relevant divisions
Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI)
Natural Hazards (NH)
Planetary and Solar System Sciences (PS)

Full time

Entry level


Required education

Application deadline
7 April 2019

13 March 2019

Job description

As a part of a pan-European research project, the STARDUST-Reloaded, founded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union, the Department of Astronomy of the University of Belgrade, offers a fully funded 3-year PhD research position in asteroidal science.

The successful candidate will focus on project aiming to better understand the orbital and size distribution of small asteroids, below 100 meters in size. To achieve project’s goals the candidate should study dynamical and collisional evolution of asteroids in this size range, combine this in a single self-consistent model, and test the model against all available constraints.

In addition, the candidate will work on characterization of near Earth asteroids and should define a criticality index that provides a measure of how easy the asteroid is to deflect with a given deflection method, and how interesting the asteroid is to explore and to exploit.

The successful candidate will undertake two secondments during the project. The first one will take place at the University of Pisa to work with Prof. Giovanni Federico Gronchi, and the second one will be at the European Space Agency to work with Dr. Detlef Koschny. Each secondment is foreseen to last 3 months. The candidate will be also expected to attend all schools and training events organized within the Stardust-Reloaded ITN. A participation in outreach activities and collaboration with other ESRs will be a part of duties.


All qualified candidates irrespective of gender or nationality are welcome to apply as long as the following conditions have been fulfilled:

1. Applicants should hold (or expect to obtain soon) a Masters degree in Astronomy, Planetary Science, Physics, Mathematics or related fields.
2. Applicants should have good oral and written communication skills in English.
3. Applicants should have no more than 4 years of experience after graduation.
4. Applicants should not have resided or performed their main activity in Serbia for more than 12 months in the 3 year period immediately prior to the starting date.
5. Applicants should have the minimum grade average of 8.0 out of 10 (equivalent of minimum 3.0 in US GPA scale), or alternatively, at least one peer-reviewed journal publication.

The successful candidate will be employed according to the regulations of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Initial Training Networks (ITN) and the employment conditions of the University of Belgrade. The salary will be about € 2,800.00 gross per month, plus a family allowance that will be paid should the researcher have family. A respective benefits package and a research budget for travel and other expenses will be also provided.

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