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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2005 15:16:34 EDT
Subject: BA Science Festival, PhD Position

Hi all,

1. The BA Festival of Science 2005, Trinity College Dublin, 3-10 September 


Since its founding in 1831, the BA Festival of Science has become an annual 
engagement. First established to provide a forum for scientists to discuss the 
latest scientific research and ideas, it has grown to become one of the UK's 
leading science festivals, visiting a different city every year.

Hundreds of the world's leading scientists will assemble at Trinity College 
Dublin to reveal research in subjects as wide ranging as the science of 
Irishness, the creation of Mars, celebrity diets, and the maths behind Hollywood. The 
Festival is your chance to take part in the debate, to listen, discuss and 
question the major issues of the day with the experts.

A host of innovative and exciting events will further be taking place in the 
City of Dublin, including special sci-art exhibitions, dramatic performances 
and debates. In particular, look out for celebrity guest speakers, a GPS 
treasure hunt, and the answer to whether robots will one day rule the world! 

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN: Online booking can be accessed at: 


Alternatively you can call 0044(0)20 7019 4963. 

Places are limited so book your seat early to avoid disappointment. Daily and 
weekly passes are available, individual tickets can also be purchased and 
cost around 7 euros. 

Visit the website to view the full online programme: 

With almost 150 events to choose from, there truly will be something for 

2.              PhD Scholarship on Gamma Ray Bursts 

Applications are invited for a SFI-funded PhD scholarship to work with Prof. 
Evert Meurs on "Gamma Ray Bursts and environmental conditions in the furthest 
galaxies ever". The candidate will participate in a recently commissioned 
automatic telescope project to chase the, often short-lived, "afterglows" of these 
bursts. The Near-InfraRed bandpasses that are employed hold the promise of 
identifying the furthest galaxies known, back to the time of galaxy formation 
and assembly. The brightest afterglows are examined with high-resolution optical 
(echelle) spectroscopy using one of the largest telescopes on Earth, with the 
aim to probe the circumburst medium. The present project involves close 
collaboration with two Italian groups, in Milan and in Rome, and also with Dublin 
City University. 

Applicants should have a degree in Astronomy and/or Physics. Remuneration is 
according to standard SFI scales, plus a provision towards fees (the 
successful candidate has to register with one of the universities). The project may 
start as early as 1 August 2005, or soon thereafter, and is supported by SFI for 
three years.  

Applications should include a CV and the names and contact details of two 
academic referees. Submission preferably by 1 July 2005, after which date the 
selection process will start. Further information may be obtained from 

Prof. E.J.A. Meurs 
Dunsink Observatory, 
Dublin 15, Ireland; 
tel +353-1-8387911, f
ax +353-1-8387090, 
email: ejamdunsink.dias.ie.

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley


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