The IAC (Tenerife) invites applications for ONE postdoctoral contract to work on topics within the “Agreement for the operation of the VTT and GREGOR” (P/301503/06) project, led by Dr. Manuel Collados.
Research topics at the IAC include most areas of astrophysics: solar physics, planetary systems, stellar and interstellar physics, galactic 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 its involvement in large projects and instrumental developments is available at the IAC's web page (http://www.iac.es).
Duties: The selected candidate will pursue research related to one or several of the following fields:
- take charge of the maintenance of the instrument GRIS/TIP at GREGOR;
- help observers with the use of the instrument;
- take charge of the maintenance/update/upgrade of the database of TIP (18 years old);
- participate in the improvement of GRIS/TIP;
- promote scientific research projects with the German institutions that operate GREGOR and VTT (KIS/MPS/AIP);
- collaborate with the EST team in the definition of the telescope and, in particular, of its instrumentation;
- develop his/her own research in solar physics, especially using data acquired with GREGOR and VTT, in collaboration with members of the solar physics group of the IAC.
The following topics will be highly valued:
- Experience with observing campaigns at solar telescopes prepared and carried out by the candidate;
- Expertise in reduction and analysis of solar spectropolarimetric data
- Development and maintenance of instrumentation for solar telescopes, especially related with spectrographs and polarimeters;
- Research CV and impact of relevant publications.
Position requirements: The candidates must have a solid track record of research and are expected to have a strong publication record in the field of solar physics, spectropolarimetry, instrumentation for solar telescopes.
Qualification requirements: To be eligible for admission, applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics or Physics, within the application deadline (September, 15th, 2017). A copy of the degree or corresponding stamped certificate (issued by the University where the degree was obtained), must be included. If the applicant has not completed the Ph.D. degree within the application deadline, will not be considered.
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 three years. The starting date is expected to be in the last three months of 2017 or January 2018
Remuneration: The gross annual salary is 33,215 Euros, subject to 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, http://www.iac.es/jobs/research/, 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 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.