Announcement for a Research Grant
A research grant is available at the University of Coimbra on the project MAG-GIC – Geomagnetically induced currents in Portugal mainland, with the following characteristics:
Number of grants: 1
Type of activity: Geomagnetic field (GMF) variations from external sources are classified as regular diurnal or occurring during periods of disturbances. The most significant regular variations are the quiet solar daily variation (Sq) and the disturbance daily variation (SD). These variations have well recognized daily cycles and need to be accounted for before the analysis of the disturbed field. The separation of the regular and disturbance variations will be done using the principal component analysis (PCA) applied to the data series of different time length, acquired during the epochs of different level of the solar and geomagnetic activities and using other selection criteria. The accepted student will be working with GMF series observed at Coimbra Geomagnetic Observatory; will obtain a first-hand experience in the statistical analysis of observational data and PCA and will become acquainted with some of the models for the ionosphere and magnetosphere.
Financial support: PTDC/CTA-GEO/31744/2017, Project funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) through national funds (PIDDAC)
Applicant profile: Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Mathematics, Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering or similar, with good knowledge in Programming (eg, R, Matlab, Python) and Data Analysis
Location: Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory of the University of Coimbra.
Duration: 12 months
Renewal: Possibly renewable
Scientific Orientation: Doctor Anna Morozova
Financial conditions: The amount of the grant is € 752,38 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en), plus social security (Seguro Social Voluntário, first level contributions) and personal accidents insurance. The payment will be made by bank transfer. This amount will not be increased during the entire period of the grant duration.
Regime: The attribution of the grant does not generate or entitle a relation of a legal-labour nature, it is undertaken in an exclusive dedication regime and the fellow is granted with the Fellow Statute of the University of Coimbra, according to Research Grant Statute, and the Regulation of Research Grants of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. , both in its actual wording.
Selection methods: Academic curriculum and interview.
Selection and attribution criteria: Selection criteria include merit of academic curriculum, programming knowledge and motivation:
Absolute merit of academic curriculum (MA, 50%)
Programming knowledge (CP, 20%)
Interview (E, 20%)
Letter of motivation (CM, 10%)..
Formalization of application: Applications must be sent by email, including the following mandatory documents: Detailed curriculum vitae including degrees; Copy of certificates of qualifications with curricular history; Letter of motivation.
Candidates with foreign academic diplomas are obliged to present records of the recognition of such diplomas according to the Portuguese law.
Applications submission: Applications must be formalized by sending the required documents to email@example.com.
Jury responsible for selection: Doctor Anna Morozova, Doctor Fernando Jorge Gutiérrez Pinheiro e Doctor Maria Alexandra Albuquerque Faria Pais.
Submission of applications: Between 07/06/2019 and 24/06/2019.
Publication date: 23/05/2019.
Submission deadline date: 24/06/2019.
Additional information: The evaluation results will be announced within 90 days after the end of the applications submission deadline, by notifying the applicants via email. After the announcement of the results, candidates are considered automatically notified to, if they wish to do so, comment on the results on a preliminary hearing period within 10 days after that date. After this, the selected candidates will have to declare in writing their acceptance. Unless a justification worthy of consideration is presented, if the declaration is not submitted within the referred period, it is considered that the candidate waivers the grant. In case of resignation or withdrawal of the selected candidate, the next candidate with the highest evaluation score will be notified immediately.