Tenure track positions at Instituto de Astronomia UNAM

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, December 8, 2017
Archive Date: 
Friday, January 19, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Department Name: 
Instituto de Astronomia
Street Line 1: 
Ciudad Universitaria
Street Line 2: 
Mexico City
Mexico City
Job Announcement Text: 

The Instituto de Astronomía of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (IA-UNAM) has openings for two tenure track positions in the area of Extragalactic Astronomy and one tenure track position in the area  of Stellar, Interstellar Medium and Exoplanetary Astrophysics.

Applicants must mention to which area is he/she postulating.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in astronomy or physics, and have at least two years of postdoctoral experience.

Applicants must be under 37 (men) or 39 (women) years of age, by the start date.

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 faculty members and must teach astronomy and/or physics courses at the graduate and/or undergraduate level, as well as mentor students.

Institute members have access to the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional in San Pedro Mártir (OAN-SPM), Baja California. The Institute is a member of the High Altitude Water Cerenkov (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 on the 10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias, the Large Millimeter Telescope, and also have competitive access to the EVLA, the VLBA, and to ALMA, via collaboration with the USA National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The Institute is a funding partner of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey collaboration, which executes the SDSS-IV. In addition
the Institute has extensive computing facilities of its own, and members have access to general UNAM supercomputers.

The Institute provides funds for publishing, and limited support for observing and traveling; further funding is available by competing for national and/or UNAM grants.

Candidates should submit a letter of application mentioning to which area is she/he postulating, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a statement of previous experience and current and future professional interests, and a description of research and teaching plans. The candidate should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to Dr. Miriam Peña at the IA-UNAM ([email protected]) by 31 January 2018.

Unsigned material can be sent by e-mail. Please make sure that signed letters of reference be submitted by courier or e-mail (scanned). Do not use regular post mail.

Inquiries can be made by email to [email protected]

Additional information can be found at: http://www.astroscu.unam.mx/job_ia

Initial base salary will be fixed at the standard junior faculty level determined by UNAM. 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. Miriam Peña.


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 he/she does not have Mexican nationality.

Included Benefits: 

Health insurance is provided by the UNAM.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, April 30, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Miriam Pena
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Department Name: 
Instituto de Astronomia