The Galaxy Formation and Evolution group of the Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon (CAAUL) at the Lisbon Astronomical Observatory/Faculty of Sciences is seeking candidates for PhD work in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

The proposed PhD aims at answering the question “Where are the first radio monsters in the Universe?”, and will be an integral part of CAAUL’s participation in the next generation wide-area radio surveys EMU (the Evolutionary Map of the Universe, to be performed with the Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder) and the proposed WODAN (Westerbork Observations of the Deep APERTIF Northern-Sky). The PhD work will include both a theoretical component and an observational one, making use of existing or ongoing radio surveys and preparing for fully exploring the next generation of radio telescopes.

Candidates should have a Master's degree or equivalent in astronomy or another relevant field (e.g., physics, geosciences, engineering). The successful candidates will actively contribute to the development of the Centre, and extensive interaction with other international groups will occur. Adequate travel allowance will be available.

Limited funding opportunities exist for promising students, but require a prompt manifestation of interest (before the 25th of May).

For further information please consult the Centre’s webpages: or e-mail Jose Afonso ( as soon as possible to allow for timely preparation of any possible funding applications.


Deadline: no closing date, but preference will be given to manifestations of interest before the 25th of May 2012.