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Posdoctoral Positions in Astrophysics

Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM

DEADLINES

July 29th 2014 for March 2015 start date
February 23th 2015 for September 2015 start date

CONTACT

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Convocatoria DGAPA (Spanish)

Operation Rules (Spanish)

Operation Rules (English)

Application form (Spanish)

Application form (English)

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) offers postdoctoral fellowships twice a year with starting dates in March and September.

The fellowships are 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 of the UNAM.

Fellows are expected to carry out original research in any area of astrophysics, collaborating with faculty and/or 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. Astronomers at Mexican institutions can compete for the Mexican share of observing time on the 10.4-m Gran Telescopio 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 High Altitude Water Cerenkov (HAWC) Observatory and the Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey-II (TAOS-II). The Institute is a funding partner of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey collaboration, which will execute the SDSS-IV beginning in 2014. The IA has extensive computing facilities on site including a purpose-built high-performance computing center. The IA also has access to other UNAM supercomputers. The IA provides funds for publishing, and limited support for observing and traveling.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

a) be under 36 years of age at the start date of the fellowship,

b) have received their PhD no more than 3 years before the start date of the fellowship,

c) have accepted or published articles in a refereed journal.

Applicants should send:

a) a cover letter,

b) an abstract of their Ph.D. thesis,

c) a complete curriculum vitae, including a full list of publications,

d) two letters of recommendation directed to Dr. William Lee, director of the Institute, and

e) a research project, which should be defined jointly together with the researcher at the IA with whom the candidate intends to work. A full list of faculty and their research interests can be found via the IA web page (www.astroscu.unam.mx) 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.

All documents should be sent to Mrs. Juana Orta at the IA-UNAM (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) by July 29th 2014.

Unsigned material can be sent by e-mail; letters can be sent by e-mail (scanned) or by courier. Please do not use regular post mail.

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Additional information can be found at:

http://www.astroscu.unam.mx

http://www.astrosen.unam.mx

INCLUDED BENEFITS

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

STIPENDS

The fellowship stipend is 14 minimum salaries, currently 27200 pesos per month (the exchange rate is approximately 13.00 pesos/US Dollar).

SELECTION

The fellowships are assigned by a specialist University committee in the natural and physical sciences, and the IA will be assigned one or two each semester. The selected applicant will be required to fill in an application form and submit a copy of his/her birth certificate and PhD certificate.

The copy of the PhD certificate must be sent before February 1st. All documents can be sent scanned in pdf format. It is not necessary to send originals.

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