Postdoctoral Positions in Astrophysics
Instituto de Radioastronomia y Astrofisica, UNAM

We offered two periods to applications:

  • Until February for September start date
  • Until July for March start date

Dr Stan Kurtz, Academic Secretary

Tel: +52 443 322 27 95
FAX: +52 443 322 27 26

More information and details:
Convocatoria DGAPA (Spanish)
Application form (Spanish)
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Operating Rules (Spanish)
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The Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) offers postdoctoral fellowships twice a year with starting dates in September and March. The fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second year depending on performance.

Candidates interested in taking up a fellowship at the Instituto de Radioastronomia y Astrofisica (IRyA) in Morelia, Michoacan, should apply directly to the IRyA. Applications should not be made to more than one Institute or Center of the UNAM.

Fellows are expected to carry out original research in any area of astrophysics, collaborating with faculty and/or students. The main selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments and promise of future achievement. Fellows will have access to the San Pedro Martir National Astronomical Observatory, Baja California. Astronomers at Mexican institutions have competitive access to the EVLA, the VLBA, and to ALMA, via a collaboration with the USA National Radio Astronomy Observatory; they can also compete for the Mexican share of observing time on the 10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC). The IRyA has extensive computing facilities on site including a purpose-built high-performance computing center. The IRyA provides funds for publishing, and limited support for observing and traveling.


Interested applicants should contact Dr Stan Kurtz well in advance of the official deadlines mentioned above.

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

  1. Have received their PhD no more than 5 years before the start date of the fellowship.
  2. Have a minimum of one accepted or published article in a refereed journal.

Applicants should send a cover letter, an abstract of their Ph.D. thesis, a complete curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, and two letters of recommendation to Dr Stan Kurtz at the IRyA ( It is also required to submit a research project, which should be defined jointly together with the researcher at the IRyA with whom the candidate intends to work. A full list of faculty and their research interests can be found via the IRyA web page ( by following the links to IRyA, then Directorio, and finally Investigadores.

If the application is selected by the IRyA's internal council, the applicant will be required to fill in an application form and submit a copy of their birth certificate and PhD certificate (if available). All documents can be sent scanned in pdf format. It is not necessary to send originals.


The fellowship is tax free and includes health insurance (for self, spouse, and children).


The fellowship stipend is 16 minimum salaries, currently 38500 pesos per month (the exchange rate is approximately 21.00 pesos/US Dollar).


The fellowships are assigned by a specialist University comittee in the natural and physical sciences, and the IRyA will be assigned one or two each semester.