IAC Research Fellowship: Astrophysical Research

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Department Name: 
Research Division
La Laguna
S/C de Tenerife
Job Announcement Text: 

The IAC (Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for TWO IAC Fellowship positions in Astrophysics. Research topics at the IAC include most areas of astrophysics: solar physics, planetary systems, stellar and interstellar physics, galaxy formation and evolution, and cosmology and astroparticles. These research lines are supported by an ambitious instrumentation program. The IAC has been selected as a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence by the Spanish Government in 2015, a prestigious recognition awarded for the second time to the IAC as a leading research institute in Spain. Further information about the IAC's research programme, its Observatories and the 10.4m GTC is available at the at IAC web site.


Subject of the Contract: The successful candidates will be based at IAC headquarters in La Laguna and will be expected to join one or more of the IAC's research groups to pursue independent research within that framework. In their covering letter applicants should indicate which group/s they would wish to collaborate with. It must be decided which of the projects the candidates are going to join before the contracts are signed.


The positions will be awarded to candidates with a long proven record of excellence in research. The selected candidates will be allocated a bursary of 5,000 Euros to cover overheads.


Qualification requirements: To be eligible for admission to the selection process, applicants must have obtained their PhD in Astrophysics or Physics in the last seven years and before the application deadline, 31 May 2019. In case of maternity or paternity during this period, a one-year extension of this term for each child will be applied, provided that it is duly accredited by the applicant.

A copy of the degree certificate or the corresponding stamped original certificate (issued by the university where the degree was obtained), must be included. Applicant who have not completed their Ph.D. degree before the application deadline will not be considered.


Selection stage: The selective process will consist of two stages: merit assessment phase and an interview.


In the merit assessment stage, the Selection Committee will verify and rate the merits documented by the applicants. The maximum score that can be awarded for the assessment of merits will be 80 points, which will be calculated as the sum of the scores obtained in each of the sections.


  1. Maximum score: 60 points


  • Scientific and technical contributions to the field of research.
  • Scientific publications, in quality and quantity, listed in the Science Citation Index (SCI conference contributions; teaching tasks, participation in scientific committees, membership of scientific conference committees, conference organization, journal refereeing, and stays at other research centres.
  • Every career stage since the defence of the doctoral thesis will be taken into consideration


  1. Maximum score: 20 points


Adequacy of the candidate's training and experience for the contract applied for:


For assessment purposes at this stage, a disposition towards team work and an ability to contribute to one of the existing groups in the IAC's Research Programme would be to the candidate's advantage, together with an ability to anticipate any actions to be followed through within the framework of the Research Project, according to the project presented by the candidate. It is expected that the person selected will take charge of funding applications on both nationally and internationally.


Way of accreditation for both sections: Report on the technical and research activity carried out, accompanied by the documentation that proves what was stated in it. Candidates should indicate in this report which group/s they would like to collaborate with and they should present a scientific project to be developed during the four years of the contract.


C) Interview. Maximum score: 20 points


Candidates who have obtained the minimum score to pass the first phase (50 points) will be called to the second assessment phase at a specific time and date. The second phase will consist in an interview that can take place either in person at the IAC headquarters or using internet communication software (Zoom) that allows voice and image transmission.


During the interview, the candidates will present, for a maximum of 10 minutes, their vision about the suitability of their professional profile to the position applied for and the development of their research activity if awarded the contract. The Selection Committee may then ask questions about the contents of the presentation and any other aspects that they deem relevant.


The presentation may be in either Spanish or in English.


In this exercise a score of 0 to 20 points will be awarded, of which:


Up to 10 points, correspond to the suitability of the professional profile to the position applied for.


Up to 10 points, correspond to the candidate's vision of the future and planned research activity in the context of the position applied for.


To pass this second phase a minimum score of 15 points will be necessary.


To pass the selective process, it will be necessary to obtain a minimum score of 65 points.


In order to ensure the effective equality of opportunity for men and women, in pursuance of the provisions of the IAC's Second  Plan of Equality, and to ensure that that certain documented circumstances of candidates do not prejudice the success of their application, the following  special circumstances will be taken positively into account:


  • Maternity leave, up to 18 months after the date of birth or adoption.
  • Paternity leave, as provided for by Social Security, for the duration of the corresponding permit.
  • Severe illness or accident with medical leave for a minimum of 3 months.
  • Care of dependents for a minimum period of 3 months, as provided for by Law 39/2006.
  • Work permits for the care of dependent children or adults.


Training: Those candidates who have done their Ph.D. research at the IAC must have undertaken a period of training at other research centres. This period must consist of either one continuous year or 18 accumulated months (including periods of training during their doctoral period).


Duration: The appointment will be for a period of 4 years. The starting date is expected to be during the last quarter of 2019.


Remuneration: The gross annual salary is 34.092 Euros, subject to up to 20% income tax and Social Security contributions (depending on the personal situation of the candidate). Medical insurance under the Spanish National Health Service will be provided for the candidate and will also cover spouse or registered partner (de facto partner) and children (if relevant).


Relocation allowance: This call includes a relocation allowance (for the appointed candidate only) comprising: the cost of the flight ticket (booked and issued by the IAC), temporary accommodation for up to two weeks (organized by the IAC) and a per diem rate up to two weeks. The allowance cannot exceed the amount of 2,500 Euros.


Non-UE citizens: Applicants who are not citizen of a country belonging to the European Union are invited to apply for this position, but, if selected, will be allowed to sign the contract with the IAC only after obtaining the compulsory documentation required to live and work in Spain. 


How to apply: The required documentation must be submitted using the online application system http://www.iac.es/jobs/research/, and received by the application deadline. Alternatively, candidates may follow the instructions in the official announcement (in Spanish only).


The following documentation will be sent in in a single file in PDF format:


- Application form (Annex I, duly completed and signed, including title and code number for the position)

- Copy of the national identity document or passport

- Curriculum Vitae, including publication list

- Research activity report and statement of suitability for the position (maximum of 2 pages)

- Scientific project to be developed during the four years of the contract (maximum of 2 pages).

- Copy of the Ph.D. degree certificate (Spanish or English version)


In addition, the names and e-mails of at least two scientists (maximum three) familiar with the work of the candidate must be indicated.


Those applications that do not include the Application Form (Annex I, a mandatory document whose absence cannot be rectified), will be automatically rejected. In the case of incomplete applications, applicants will have a period of five (5) working days (starting from the day after publication of the provisional list of accepted and excluded candidates) to provide the missing documentation, except for those rejected applicants who failed to include Annex I.


Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$38300.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$38300.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 31, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Secretariat of the Research Division
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dr. Javier Licandro
Two Astrophysical Research Fellowships