One Postdoctoral Contract Exoplanets and Astrobiology 2024 (PS-2024-022)

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Number of Positions Available
18 Months
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

La Laguna Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Job Description

The IAC (Tenerife) announces ONE postdoctoral contract to work on the project linked to the line of research “Exoplanets and Astrobiology: preparatory science for the ARIEL mission”. The contract is funded by the project “Science and Technology for the Ariel Mission: IAC Contribution” (PID2021-125627OB-C32), led by Prof. Enric Palle.

Research topics at the IAC include most areas of astrophysics: Solar Physics (FS), Exoplanetary System and Solar System (SEYSS), Stellar and Interstellar Physics (FEEI), The Milky Way and The Local Group (MWLG), Formation and Evolution of Galaxies (FYEG), and Cosmology and Astroparticles (CYA-CTA). All of these are supported by an ambitious instrumentation programme. In 2020, the IAC was granted by the Spanish Government the status of Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence, a prestigious recognition awarded for the third 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:

Tasks: The “Exoplanets and Astrobiology” group at IAC participates in the Guaranteed Time Observations (GTO) programs of the MUSCAT2 collaboration, the CHEOPS satellite and the CARMENES and ESPRESSO spectrographs. We have a leading role in the development of the ARIEL and PLATO space missions, as well as the ANDES spectrograph for the ELT. Finally, we are also involved in the follow-up of the TESS mission, and have a lively research team in the area of planetary atmospheres characterization

The successful candidate will pursue research in the following fields:

  • Characterization of exoplanet atmospheres by means of high-resolution spectroscopy using spectrographs such as HARPS-N, GIANO, CARMENES and/or ESPRESSO, or by means of low resolution spectrographs using 8-10 m class telescopes.
  • Analysis and observations of exoplanets with the JWST, and the use of molecular mapping for the analysis of atmospheres of giant planets with the JWST.
  • Biomarkers and habitability of Earth-like planets

Particular attention will be given to applicants with experience in the field of exoplanet characterization, with a strong publication record. The leadership capacity, demonstrated in the achievement of original lines of research, successful observing proposals or by obtaining funding will also be valued.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Type
Included Benefits

Remuneration: The gross annual salary will be 38,371 Euros, with deductions of up to 20% for income tax (IRPF) and social security (dependent on the candidate's personal situation). The contract provides social security cover for spouse or de facto partner and children.

Extra financial support to start the contract: The present job offer includes financial support related to the incorporation of the selected candidate at the IAC. You may apply for up to 2500€ to cover any necessary - and duly documented - relocation costs when you take up your post at any IAC workplace. These costs must fall under the following categories and must have been incurred within a period of 14 days prior to the date of the commencement of your contract:

  1. Plane or boat ticket from your former place residence to Tenerife (arranged by the IAC). The price of the ticket will be at the cheapest rate.
  2. Accommodation costs for the two weeks (13 nights) also arranged by the IAC
  3. A per diem of 37.40€ x 14 days).

No other expenses (bus, train, taxi, etc.) shall be reimbursed. This grant is considered as taxable income and the corresponding taxes (IRPF*), payable by physical persons, will be retained.

Application Details

Application Instructions
Applications must be sent electronically via the web-based application system before the deadline set out in this advertisement. Alternatively, you may follow the instructions given in the corresponding official advertisement on our website.

The following documentation must be sent:

Online application including the name and position code (PS-2024-022)
Copy of a valid passport or national identity card
Cover Letter
CV, containing a list of publications (NO amendment allowed)
Report on research activity and justification of suitability for the job -not exceeding 2 pages- (NO amendment allowed).
Copy of your degree or corresponding stamped certificate, issued on behalf of the University where you have obtained the degree (in Spanish or English) (NO amendment allowed)
Certificate of training in other centers (only for applicants that have completed their doctorate at the IAC).

You should also include the names and email addresses of two or three scientists familiar with your work.

Applications submitted after the deadline will be automatically rejected, as will those unaccompanied by a Curriculum Vitae, Research Activity Report, copy of the Degree or the Scientific Project to be developed (in the case of PD Genérico calls), documents that cannot be corrected or added to after submission. Applications not accompanied by these documents will therefore definitely be excluded from the selection process.

If any other required documents are omitted, they will have to be submitted within a period of five working days after publication of the provisional list of admitted and excluded candidates.

The IAC supports and adheres to the Recommendation of the European Commission 2005/251/EC of March 11th 2005 on “The European Charter for Researchers” and “The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers” adopted by the European Commission. Additionally, the IAC is aligned with the "Human Resources Strategy for Researchers" (HRS4R) fostered by the European Commission to support the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C), having received recognition from the European Commission, with the award of the distinction "Excellence in Human Resources in Research".
Publication Start Date
2024 Apr 24
Application Deadline
2024 May 31
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Prof. Enric Pallé