Postdoctoral Positions in Astrophysics

Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM



January 21st 2019 (for September 2019 start date)
June, 2019 (for March 2020 start date)

Application Deadline: Friday, June 14, 2019
Selection Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Current Status of Position: Accepting Applicants

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The Instituto de Astronomia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (IA-UNAM) offers postdoctoral fellowships for one year, renewable for a second year depending on performance. Candidates interested in taking up a fellowship at the Instituto de Astronomía (IA) either in México City or Ensenada, Baja California, should apply directly to the IA. Applications should not be made to more than one Institute or Center at UNAM.

Fellows are expected to carry out original research in any area of astrophysics, collaborating with faculty and students. The main selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments and promise of future achievement. Fellows will have access to the San Pedro Mártir National Astronomical Observatory, Baja California facilities. Astronomers at Mexican institutions can compete for the mexican share of observing time on the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio de Canarias (GTC); they also have competitive access to the EVLA, the VLBA, and to ALMA, via collaboration with the USA National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The IA is a member of the SLOAN-IV collaboration, the High Altitude Water Cerenkov (HAWC) Observatory and the Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey-II (TAOS-II). The IA has extensive computing facilities on site including a purpose-built high-performance computing center, and access to other UNAM supercomputers.

The IA provides funds for publishing, and some support for observing and traveling.


Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Juana Orta (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) well in advance of the official deadlines mentioned above.

Before applying, candidates should ensure that they meet the minimum requirements - any application not meeting these requirements is automatically rejected.


1. Have received their PhD no more than 5 years before the start date of the fellowship.

2. Have a minimum of one accepted or published article in a refereed journal.

Applicants should send by e-mail:

a) Cover letter

b) Abstract of their Ph.D. thesis

c) Curriculum Vitae including a full list of publications

d) Two letters of recommendation, and

e) A research project, which should be defined with a researcher at the IA with whom the candidate intend to work

(Look for additional documents indicated at the official UNAM Post-Doctoral  scholarship program page)

All paperwork should be e-mailed to Mrs. Juana Orta: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

Applicants should contact the faculty member with whom they wish to work in order to define a joint research proposal well before the application deadline. A full list of faculty and their research interests can be found via the IA web page ( by following the links to SEDES, then IA-CU, then Directorio, and finally to Investigadores, for Mexico City, or SEDES, then IA-Ensenada, then IAUNAM-E, and finally to Investigadores/Personal_Académico for Ensenada, Baja California.

If the application is selected by the IA's internal council, the applicant will be required to fill in an application form and submit a copy of their birth certificate and PhD certificate (if available). All documents can be sent scanned in pdf format. It is not necessary to send originals.

More information and details:

DGAPA Call (English)
Convocatoria DGAPA (Spanish)
Formato Solicitud (Spanish)
Application form (English)
Operating Rules (English))
Reglas de operación (Spanish)
Carta compromiso (Spanish)

The fellowship is tax free and includes health insurance (for self, spouse and children).


The fellowship stipend is 14 UMA, currently about 33,000 pesos per month, equivalent to 1,650 USD (the exchange rate is approximately 20.00 pesos/US Dollar).


The fellowships are assigned by a specialist University committee in the natural and physical sciences, and the IA will be assigned one or two postdocs each semester.


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