The University of Aveiro opens an international call for 1 Research Fellowship, for applicants holding a Masters degree, in the context of the R&D project “From Higgs Phenomenology to the Unification of the Fundamental Interactions”, HIGGS-PHENO-UNI, reference PTDC/FIS-PAR/31000/2017, supported by national funds (MCTES) and by the Foundation for Science and Technology, FCT I.P., in its State Budget component (OE), in the following conditions:
Scientific Area: Particle Physics
Admission requirements: Applicants must hold a Masters degree in one of the following areas: Particle Physics or Cosmology
Work plan: In recent decades, high energy physics went through several outstanding experimental revolutions. The Standard Model (SM) is now complete with the Higgs boson measured at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Still, there is overwhelming evidence for the existence of dark matter, from galaxy rotations curves and from measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background, and matter dominates the Universe over anti-matter. It is also now confirmed that gravitational waves exist. These effects all pose new questions beyond the SM. Then a challenge, to find out the basic building blocks of a fundamental theory that may unifying all particles and interactions, becomes to confront all experimental data from such outstanding experiments with theoretical predictions. The Fellowship holder will actively contribute to the construction of a step by step interface between the theory and phenomenology of, testable, low energy models, and possible connections to Grand Unification Theories.
The activities to develop are:
Model building, phenomenological analysis and phase transition studies for beyond the SM theories with extended scalar sectors, vector-like fermions and new gauge interactions. The research work will be essentially focused in the study of collider signatures at the LHC and future colliders. Possible implications for primordial gravitational waves production can also be considered. The grant holder is expected to develop or adapt existing analysis software tools in the context of the models to be studied. Good programing skills and experience with intelligent algorithms will also be valued.
Legislation and applicable regulations: Law no. 40/2004, of 18 August (Research Fellowship Holder Statute); Regulation for Studentships and Fellowships of FCT, I.P., approved by Regulation no. 234/2012, published in Series II of Diário da República of 25 June 2012, amended by Regulation no. 326/2013, published in Series II of Diário da República of 27 July 2013, amended and republished by Regulation no. 339/2015, published in Series II of Diário da República of 17 June 2015 and by Regulation no. 137-A/2018, published in Series II of Diário da República of 27 February 2018.
Workplace: The work plan will be implemented in CIDMA - Center for Research & Development in Mathematics and Applications and in the Department of Physics of the University of Aveiro, under the supervision of Dr. António de Aguiar e Pestana de Morais.
Duration: The Fellowship is expected to start in february 2020, with duration of 12 months, not renewable.
Monthly allowance: The Fellowship holder will receive a monthly allowance of €989,70 , according to the value stipulated for FCT, I.P. Fellowships and Studentships in Portugal (http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores). There is an additional optional social security component (Seguro Social Voluntário) of €126.95. Monthly payments will be made by bank transfer, cheque, or equivalent.
Selection criteria: Applicants will be evaluated based on their CV and other submitted documents (70%), and on an interview (30%). Each criteria will be evaluated using a numerical scale from 0 to 20. The interview is mandatory (and can be made by video conference) but will only be held for applicants that have obtained an overall classification of 16 or higher in the other selection criteria. The Jury has the right to select
no applicants only in the case where none of the submitted applications has received an overall classification
of 16 or higher.
António de Aguiar e Pestana de Morais (president), Júnior researcher at Aveiro University;
João Pedro Trancoso Gomes Rosa, Assistent Researcher at Aveiro University;
Roman Pasechnik, Associate Professor at Lund University, Sweden.
Publication of the results: The final results of the evaluation will be published, through an ordered list of
applicants according to the attributed classifications, on the website of the University of Aveiro’s Department
of Physics (http://www.ua.pt/fis/bolsas), and the selected applicant will be notified by email.
Deadline for applications and formal application procedure: The call for applications is opened from 30 November 2019 to 11 December 2019.
Applications should be made by sending an application letter, in English, alongside the following documents: 1. Curriculum Vitae, 2. Cover letter including Motivation and Experience related to the proposed Work Plan, 3. Name and contact details of at least one referee that will be able to provide recommendation letters, 4. Bachelors (Licenciatura) and Masters Degree Certificates (with Portuguese or English translation). Applications should be sent by email to both the president of the Jury (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to Dr. Marta Teixeira (email@example.com), and only applications with confirmed reception will be accepted.
Universidade de Aveiro, 12 de Novembro de 2019