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01/12/2016 Vacancy: PhD positions at the Institute of Cosmic Science (Barcelona)

The Institute of Cosmic Science at University of Barcelona has proposed several PhD positions within the INPhINIT, "la Caixa" Foundation Fellowship Programme. Among all the available projects, the ones that are most strongly related with Gaia are: Detection Classification for Gaia, Gaia Alerts follow-up from Montsec Observatory, Open Clusters Studies in the Gaia era, and Gaia Detection of Ultra Faint Dwarf Galaxies in the halo as probes for cosmological models.

There are some requirements on the amount of time you spent in Spain in the past three years. You can find more information through here.

01/12/2016 Vacancy: Tenured lectureship in astro-statistics

The Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge has a vacancy for a tenured lectureship in astro-statistics. The deadline for applications is 7 December 2016. This position will include work on large astronomical surveys like SDSS, Gaia, LSST, RAVE & APOGEE. More information can be found on the AAS website.

18/11/2016 Gaia16aye is getting brighter

The spectacular binary microlensing event, Gaia16aye, is getting brighter just as predicted in the Image of the Week item of 27 October. The peak of the brightening is expected on 21 or 22 November and should reach about 11 magnitude in l-band. We are very lucky as the next observation of this target by Gaia happens to be right in time for this brightening and will happen on 21 November (as predicted using GOST).

An extensive follow-up campaign is conducted, according to Lukasz Wyrzykowski. You can contact him if you would like to be involved or if you want to share some data with him on this expected brightening.  The current model, including astrometric prediction, is available here.

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