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SIX PhD fellowships in Astrophysics at the IAC

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    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    31/03/2018 00:00 - Europe/London
    Spain › LA LAGUNA

The IAC (Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for SIX PhD fellowships in Astrophysics:

  • 1.- Astrophysics Research Fellowships (5 positions)
  • 2.- Astrophysics Instrumentation Fellowships (1 position)

Candidates can only apply for one position (1.-arsinves2018 or 2.-arsinstrum2018).

The research topics pursued at the IAC include most areas of

Astrophysics: Solar Physics, Planetary Systems, Stellar and Interstellar

Physics, Galaxy Formation and Evolution, and Cosmology and

Astroparticle Physics. These are supported by an ambitious

instrumentation programme. The IAC has been selected as a “Severo Ochoa

Center of Excellence” in research by the Spanish Government. Further

information about the IAC's research programme, its Observatories and

the 10.4 m telescope GTC is available on the IAC's Web site



The successful candidates will work at the IAC's headquarters in La

Laguna, (Tenerife) in a stimulating research environment. They will be

expected to join one of the IAC's research groups and work towards

obtaining a PhD.


Qualifications: To be considered, applicants must

have a degree in Physics or Mathematics for arsinves2018 or in Physics

or Engineering for 2.-arsinstrum2018.


The degree must satisfy the admission requirements of the University

of La Laguna (ULL) PhD Programme in astrophysics, in which the student

must register. Applicants must have met these requirements by October 1,

2018. The ULL requirements are satisfied by applicants with an MSc, as

well as by those students with an Undergraduate Degree who have already

obtained at least 300 credits (ETCs) of which at least 60 credits should

correspond to an MSc Degree (other ways to fulfil the ULL requirements

are possible; see the ULL website for details).


The undergraduate or MSc degree required to register in the ULL PhD

Programme must have been obtained on or since January 31, 2015.


Duration: The IAC will offer four year contracts

that are yearly renewable following the recommendation of the Head of

the Graduate Studies Division, on the basis of a positive evaluation of

the student’s annual progress report and activity plan by the Graduate

Students Division Board of the IAC.


Students obtaining their PhD within three years will not be renewed

as PhD students for their fourth year. Instead, a one further year,

Postdoctoral Training Period contract, will be offered to them. These

contracts will have a significant salary increase and are intended to

offer the new doctors a bridge between their studentships and the

postdoctoral phase of their careers.


The successful PhD candidates will take up their position at IAC on October 1st, 2018.





  • • Each Pre-doctoral yearly contract (up to four years)..…………………………….18.714,28 euros.
  • • One year Post-doctoral Training Period contract (in the event that

    the candidate has obtained their PhD before the beginning of the fourth

    year) …..……………………………….…24.267,38 euros.


Non-UE citizens: If you are citizen of a country not

belonging to the European Union, you can apply for this position, but

if selected, you will not be able to sign the contract with the IAC

until you have obtained the compulsory documentation required to live

and work in Spain (NIE card). First of all contact your nearest Spanish

Consulate and find out what documentation you need to apply for a Visa.

The IAC will do all that it can to assist you in the process of

obtaining your residence permit so that you can take up your PhD

studentship as soon as possible.


How to apply: To apply use our on-line application

system, http://www.iac.es/ensenanza/solicitudes, including uploads and

supporting documents and up to three Referee contact information.

Alternatively, you can follow the instructions in the official job

announcement (Spanish-only) at



Applicants must go to: http://www.iac.es/ensenanza/solicitudes, and:


1. Attach a pdf file with the following documents:











  • a) Application Form (Annex III) completed and signed

    (applications not including this form will be automatically excluded),

    specifying which field the candidate is applying for (1 or 2).

  • b) Photocopy of the University Degree
  • c) If the candidate already satisfies the requirements to register for the ULL PhD Programme by the application deadline:


    Academic Certificate containing:





    • • Official Stamp.
    • • Date when studies were complete
    • • List of subjects studied during the whole Degree programme
    • • Marks and dates obtained


    ii. For those cases when by the application deadline the candidate

    does NOT meet the requirements to register for the ULL PhD Programme:




    • • Official Stamp.
    • • List of subjects studied and corresponding dates
    • • Average marks.


    In both cases, the applicants must declare that the subjects listed

    are those required to register in the ULL PhD Programme or, those that

    have been passed at the date of submitting the application (Annex IV).


    The qualification obtained in each subject should be presented on a

    scale of 0-10. If your University uses a different scale then convert

    your qualification to this scale in each of the subjects studied and

    indicate the method applied.


    In the case of certificates issued by non-Spanish institutions the

    candidates must specify the maximum and minimum qualifications within

    the corresponding evaluation system and what mark corresponds to the

    minimum pass grade.


    If the certificate is issued in a language other than Spanish or

    English, it must be accompanied by its translation into either of these


  • d) «Currículum vitae», in which the applicant includes all the

    previous fellowships, the corresponding results, grants and recognized


  • e) Photocopy of certificate of B1 level in English language (or

    Spanish if English speaker), as detailed in the Common European Frame of

    Reference (CEFR).

  • f) Documents and certificates proving the merits listed in Annex I

    and which the applicant wants to have taken into consideration. Any

    fellowship, contract, course, seminar, conference or merit listed must

    be supported by an appropriate document in order to be evaluated by the

    members of the selection committee.

  • g) Declaration that the applicant has not been contractually linked

    with the IAC in the past nor enrolled in an equivalent organisation

    under the kind of contracts listed in Annex V of this call for


  • h) Photocopy of valid passport (if not a Spanish citizen).
  • i) Certificate of disability (if applicable).
  • j) Certificate of dependent child/children under 6 years; 2.3.2 b (if applicable).


2. Add in detail to the on-line application form any information required and up to three Referee contact information


Once you have submitted all the information related to your

academic qualifications on-line, it is NOT necessary to submit it also

by post or present it personally at the IAC General Register Office.


ALL of the required documentation MUST be presented by the

application deadline. Applications submitted after the closing date, as

well as those which do not include the mandatory application form (Annex

I), will not be taken into consideration. If the application materials

are sent by registered post, the envelope must be open when presented

the through a Post Office so that Annex III can be dated and stamped by

the postal official, prior to sealing and posting. Applications sent

with only the date stamped on the envelope will be excluded from the

process. The postal address to send the documentation is: Instituto de

Astrofísica de Canarias, C/ Vía Láctea s/n, E-38205 La Laguna, Tenerife,



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