Support Astronomer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, January 14, 2019
Archive Date: 
Monday, February 18, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, RFC: UNA2907227Y5
Department Name: 
Instituto de Astronomia
Street Line 1: 
Km. 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada
Baja California
Job Announcement Text: 

The Instituto de Astronomia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (IA-UNAM) is seeking a Support Astronomer (wit a Technician Position)  to strengthen the operations of our Observational Support team at the National Observatory of Mexico in San Pedro Martir. The Observatory  manages a 2.1m telescope, a 1.5 m telescope, and several < 1m class robotic telescopes. The observatory facilities are located 4hours by car to the city of Ensenada, in Baja California, Mexico.

The  Support Astronomer will work with a team of scientists and technicians to maintain and support operation of the facilities and instruments  in the Observatory at San Pedro Martir. The Support Astronomer will participate in: 1) Night time operation of telescopes during scheduled engineering periods.  2) Helping and advising  Observatory users to maximize the scientific output of their observing campaigns. 3) Carry on Astrophysical research, in agreement with his/her supervisors. 4) Contribute to the maintenance, development, and testing of new instruments or observing procedures. 5) Participate in the scheduling of robotic telescopes. Other activities include the improvement of instrument documentation and data reduction pipelines, maintenance of the Observatory web page, and characterization of the Site.

The successful candidate will spend at least 10 nights per month on site at the Observatory with the remainder of his/her time working at the Instituo de Astronomía at Ensenada, Baja California, under the supervision of the head of the San Pedro Martir Observatory.


1) A PhD. degree in Astrophysics.

2) Experience in operation of astronomical telescopes.

3) Experience in the installation, calibration, and operation of astronomical instrumentation.

4) 85% command of English.

5) Experience in the elaboration of technical documentation, such as technical reports, manuals, and scientific articles.

6) Knowledge of the tools of reduction and analysis of astronomic data.

7) Ability to communicate and cooperate in a team environment, during full night periods, and under pressuring conditions,

 It is desirable that the applicant has knowledge of Spanish, expertise in high level programming including Python and experience in Observational Astronomy.



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

Applicants should send by e-mail:

a) Curriculum Vitae including a full list of publications

b) Two letters of recommendation

c) A letter addresed to Dr. Mauricio Reyes, Head of the Observatorio Astronomico Nacional SPM, explaining in detail previous experience and willingness to work at the Instituto de Astronomia, fulfilling in a satisfactory way all the tasks proper to the job.

All paperwork should be e-mailed to

A full description of the Instituto de Astronomi can be found at the web page in Mexico City, and in Ensenada, Baja California.If the application is selected by the IA's internal council, the applicant will be required to submit electronically a copy of their birth certificate and PhD certificate.


Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 18, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Dr. Jose de Jesus Gonzalez
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Department Name: 
Instituto de Astronomía
Street Line 1: 
Circuito de la Investigación Científica s/n
Mexico City
Mexico City
Zip/Postal Code: 
+52 55 56223906
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dr. Yair Krongold
Academic Secretary, IAUNAM