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.
A full list of the application requirements can be found at the IA-UNAM website. There are two starting dates each year, in March and September. The closing date for applications for the September 2014 start is 24th February 2013, and for the March 2015 start is 24th July 2014.
The fellowship is tax free and includes health insurance (for self, spouse, and children).