One Postdoctoral Contract EST Óptica Oficina 2018

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Job Announcement Text: 

The IAC (Tenerife) invites applications for ONE postdoctoral contract to work on topics within the “Preparatory Phase for the construction of the EST- Project Office (PREP-EST)” project, led by Dr. Manuel Collados Vera.


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 IAC's web page (


Duties: The selected person will carry out his/her activity in the framework of the EST Project Office. In order to carry out the preliminary design of the telescope at the level of systems and subsystems, the selected candidate will carry out his/her research in the following fields:


  • Revision of the telescope's conceptual optical design
  • Participation in requirements analysis and development of subsystem requirements for preliminary design
  • Participation in error budget developing
  • Preliminary optical design of the telescope and subsystems
  • Sensitivity analysis and optical design tolerances
  • Wavefront and polarization analysis of optical design
  • Elaboration of optical component specifications
  • Contacts/contracts with industry/institutions to complete designs and prepare detailed optics budgets
  • Participation in the preparation of assembly, integration and testing plans
  • Participate in the design of the instrumentation for EST


Position requirements: The candidates must have an excellent CV and a solid track record of research and technology in the field of astronomical instrumentation, in optical design, fabrication and verification of optical components, especially in optical design and fabrication of telescopes and his components. Moreover, applicants must have recognized experience in design, specification, fabrication tracking, integration and verification of optical instrumentation for astronomy. Applicants must have recognized experience in optical design software as Zemax or CodeV, and in operation, optical systems maintenance, and optical tools of laboratory and in optical test reporting.


Qualification requirements: To be eligible for admission, applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics or Physics or optical, mechanical and electronic engineering (or equivalent, related to the position) within the application deadline (April 30, 2018). A copy of the degree or corresponding stamped certificate (issued by the University where the degree was obtained), must be included. Applicants who have not completed the Ph.D. degree within the application deadline will not be considered.


Merits to value:

Section A: Maximum score 50 points.


  • Scientific and technical contributions to your field of research.
  • Scientific publications, in quality and quantity, collected in the Science Citation Index (SCI), paper in conferences; teaching tasks, scientific activity committees, scientific conference committees, conference organization, journal referee and stays in other centres.


Section B: Maximum score 50 points.


Adequacy of training and experience of the candidate to the contract he/she is applying for:


  • Experience in the optical design of telescopes and their components.
  • Experience in optical design, specification, manufacturing follow-up, integration and verification of instrumentation in the field of astronomy.
  • Experience in the design of spectrographs and elements that allow performing 3D spectroscopy, such as IFUS etc.
  • Experience in the use of computer-aided optical design tools, especially Zemax, CodeV....
  • Knowledge and experience in the drafting of procedures for the integration, verification, operation and maintenance of optical systems.
  • Knowledge and experience in operation and maintenance of optical systems and optical tools in the laboratory environment, as well as in reports of test results.
  • Knowledge of control and data analysis software such as MatLab, Phyton.


In order to guarantee coverage of the effective equality of men and women, and developing the provisions of the Second Plan of Equality of the IAC, the merit values will be measured when certain documented situations exist, which can be presumed that they may diminish the performance of the personnel, with the aim that they do not detract from the evaluation of the career of each applicant. In any case, the following are considered to be special situations:


  • Maternity, up to 18 months after the date of birth or adoption.
  • Paternity, enjoyed as provided by Social Security, for the duration of the corresponding permit.
  • Severe illness or accident with medical leave for a minimum of 3 months.
  • Care for dependents for a minimum period of 3 months, as provided by Law 39/2006.
  • Work Permits for 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 in 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 2 years. The starting date is expected to be in the first half of 2018.


Remuneration: The gross annual salary is 33,547 Euros, subject to up to 20% tax and Social Security deductions (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 (only for the selected candidate) comprising: the cost of the flight ticket (booked and issued by the IAC), temporary accommodation for up to two weeks (organised by the IAC) and per diem rate up to two weeks.  The maximum IAC will reimburse is 2,000 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: use the online application system,, including the required information and documents. Alternatively, follow the instructions in the official announcement (only in Spanish).


The required documentation must be submitted using the online application system and received by the application deadline. The application form, CV, publication list, statements of research interests and suitability for the position, copy of the Ph.D. degree, and copy of the national identity or passport should be merged into a single PDF file.


Late applications or those that do not include the mandatory application form (Annex I), will not be considered. In case of incomplete applications, the applicant will have a period of five (5) days, starting from the day after publication of the provisional list of accepted and excluded candidates, to provide the missing documentation.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$38.72 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$38.72 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 30, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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EST Óptica Oficina 2018 Postdoctoral Position