The IAC aims to attract front-line researchers with the aim of continuously developing its own research lines or new topics arising in the fields of observational, theoretical and instrumental astrophysics, as well as carrying out support tasks. Current research topics and projects under way at the IAC may be consulted at the following website: http://www.iac.es/proyectos.php?op1=6&lang=en
The IAC is a research centre which has achieved a front-line position at international level. Its Research Division is composed of 180 researchers of which about 30% have a permanent position and the rest have a fixed-term contract or a study grant (both Postdocs and PhD students); the total number of people contractually linked to the IAC (at the IAC headquarters and its two Observatories) is of about 380 persons.
The IAC has been designated a ‘Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence’ (SEV-2011-0187) a prestigious recognition awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness to the IAC as a leading research institute in Spain, representing a world leading institution and a clear example of the quality and relevance of the pioneering scientific research carried out in Spain for the period 2012-2015.
Our research centre offers scientists all available advantages, facilities and resources. These include:
Given the leadership and participation of the IAC in GTC instrumentation (OSIRIS, CanariCam, EMIR and FRIDA), IAC research groups are preparing the scientific exploitation of these instruments. Active participation within the framework of these groups would potentially favour immediate access of the researcher to the GTC's scientific exploitation. In addition, the IAC actively participates in space projects, such as Solar Orbiter, Herschel, Planck, Eddington, etc.
Taking into account the resources available and the recognized quality of its projects (in some of which the postdoc will collaborate) and researchers, the IAC offers the ideal environment for scientists to develop a successful career in astrophysical research.