Research Positions in Astrophysics

Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM




 Postdoctoral Positions in Astrophysics 

Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM 


August 27th, 2021


Accepting Applicants



The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) announces a tenure track position at the Instituto de Astronomía in Ensenada, Baja California. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in astronomy or physics and have at least two years of postdoctoral experience. Applicants must be at most 37 (men) or 39 (women) years old by the starting date of the position, and are expected to work in one of the areas of astrophysics that are currently being developed at IA UNAM, i.e., Star and Planet Formation, Stellar Evolution, Solar System and Exoplanets, Extragalactic Astronomy, Interstellar medium, Dynamics and Cosmology.
The main selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments and promise of future achievement. Faculty members are expected to carry out original research, collaborate with other faculty members, teach astronomy and/or physics courses at the graduate and/or undergraduate level, serve as mentors to students, and participate in outreach activities

Institute members have access to the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional in San Pedro Mártir (OAN-SPM), Baja California, as well as the Observatorio Astronómico Guillermo Haro (OAGH) in Sonora. The Institute is a member of the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory at Sierra Negra, Puebla and a partner in the Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey-II (TAOS-II) installed at OAN-SPM. Astronomers at Mexican institutions can compete for the Mexican share of observing time at the 10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias and the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT, Puebla). The Institute is a funding partner of the
Sloan Digital Sky Survey collaboration, which executes the SDSS-V. In addition, the Institute has extensive computing facilities and members of the Institute have access to UNAM’s general supercomputers. The Institute provides funds for publishing and limited support for observing and traveling. Further funding is available by competing for UNAM and/or other national grants.

Mexican citizens and female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


Before applying, candidates should ensure that they meet the minimum requirements and are encouraged to contact UNAM researchers to explore potential collaborations and the scientific exploitation of IA-UNAM facilities.

Candidates should submit
1) a cover letter mentioning the area(s) of expertise addressed to Dr. Jesús González director of the Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM,
2) a curriculum vitae,
3) a list of publications including a working link to the list of publications on ADS,
4) a description of current and future research, and teaching statements.

In addition, they should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation addressed to Dr. Jesús González director of Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM. All paperwork (unsigned material) and inquiries about this job posting should be e-mailed to Dr. Magdalena González to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

Please make sure that signed letters of reference are submitted as PDF documents by e-mail directly from the signatory to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.. Do not use regular post mail.


A copy of the successful applicant's birth certificate and Ph.D. diploma (or Ph.D. defense certificate) will be needed at a later date.
The successful applicant will need to apply for a work permit if they do not have Mexican citizenship.


The initial base salary will be fixed at the standard junior faculty level determined by UNAM and is non-negotiable. Faculty members are also eligible for several performance-related bonus programs. Contracts are for a full 12 months per year. Inquiries regarding salary can be made to Dr. Magdalena González to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..


Standard health insurance and retirement are provided by the Institute of Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE). Insurance of major medical expenses and special retirement programs may be provided by UNAM.


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