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Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), Spain


Date of Publication: 24/11/2016
Deadline for applications: 10/02/2017
Minimun qualification: Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics or Physics/Doctor en Astrofísica o Física

The IAC (Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for ONE Postdoctoral contract to work on topics of Astrostatistics of the cosmological large-scale structure”. This contract is financed by the "SEVERO OCHOA PROGRAM" (SEV-2015-0548), supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. It follows the selection of the IAC as a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellenceby the Spanish Government in 2015, a prestigious recognition awarded for the second time to the IAC as a leading research institute in Spain.

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. Further information about the IAC's research programme, its Observatories and the 10.4m GTC is available at the IAC's web page (


The selected candidate is expected to actively participate in one or several of the following collaborations: EUCLID, eBOSS, JPAS, 4MOST, and will pursue research related to one or several of the following fields:

  • Mock galaxy catalogues for the next generation of surveys; covariance matrices; effective galaxy bias models; redshift space distortions; cosmological parameter estimation; higher order statistics of the large scale structure; cosmic voids; reconstructions of the primordial fluctuations of the Universe and cosmic flows.

Expertise in the following topics will be highly valued:

  • Cosmology; astrophysics; efficient data mining techniques including Bayesian inference, MCMC, etc.; N-body simulations; analysis of galaxy surveys 

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 cosmological large scale structure.

Qualification requirements:

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics or Physics, within the application deadline (February 10, 2017). A copy of your degree or corresponding stamped certificate (issued on behalf of the University where you have obtained the degree), must be included.  If the applicant has not completed the Ph.D. degree within the application deadline, will not be considered.


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).


The appointment will be for a period of 2.5 years with a possible extension.  The position have a flexible starting date, with a preferred starting date April 2017.


The gross annual salary is 33,215 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 your flight ticket (booked and issued by the IAC), your stay 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:

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 allowed to sign the contract with the IAC until you obtain the compulsory documentation required to live and work in Spain (NIE card). 

How to apply:

use the online application system,, including uploads and supporting documents. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions in the official announcement (Spanish-only).

All application materials must be submitted using the online application system and received by the application deadline (February 10, 2017).  The CV, publication list, statements of research and suitability for the Job, copy of your Ph.D. degree, and copy of your national identity document must be converted into a single PDF file. 

Late applications or those which do not include the mandatory application form (Annex I), will not be considered for admission.  Incomplete applications 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 missing documentation. 

Contact: For scientific enquires please contact Dr. Francisco Kitaura (

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)

The IAC is constituted administratively as a Public Consortium, created by statute in 1982, with involvement from the Spanish Government, the Government of the Canary Islands, the University of La Laguna and Spain's Science Research Council (CSIC).

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