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

1.- Astrophysical Research (5 contracts)

2.- Astrophysical Instrumentation (1 contract)

Candidates can only apply to one of the specialities (1 or 2). In case the speciality 2 didn’t reach a final selected candidate, there will be six contracts for speciality 1

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 Excellencein 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 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), welcomes and supports 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. Both documents are nowadays key elements of the European Union policy for making research an attractive career and stimulating economic growth and employment in Europe.

 During 2017, IAC has made a deep analysis about the "HR Strategy for Researchers" (HRS4R) fostered by the European Commission and its possible implementation at the IAC. HRS4R is a mechanism to support the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C).

 The outcome of that process is a GAP-Analysis and Action Plan for 2018-2019. After this process, the IAC has been awarded the "HR Excellence in Research" logo and recognition by the European Commission. We are now in the Implementation Phase of the Action Plan.

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 dor speciality 1 and Physics or Engineering for speciality 2.

The mark obtained in the degree must be 7.0 points (on a scale of 1 to 10) or higher in the case of applicants whose degree is presented as a bachelor's degree, and 7.5 points for the master, in the case of those applicants, whose degree presented is Bachelor + Master.

The degree must satisfy the admission requirements of the University of La Laguna (ULL) PhD Programme in astrophysics, in which the student must register. 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, 2017.

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 a date to be determined, after October 15th, 2020.


•  Each Pre-doctoral yearly contract (up to four years)..…………………………….19.090,56 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)    …..……………………………….…24.755,24 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, 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:, and:

1 •        Attach a pdf file with the following documents:


a)         Application Form (Annex IV) 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 your passport-

c) Photocopy of the University Degree

d) Academic Certificate containing:

•           Official Stamp.

•           Date when studies were complete

•           List of subjects studied during the whole Degree programme

•           Marks and dates obtained


IMPORTANT: 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.


In all those cases, when subjects re not graded in ECTS (European System for Credits), the conversion to ECTS must be done by the applicant.


If the certificate is issued in a language other than Spanish or English, it must be accompanied by its translation into either of these languages.


e)         «Currículum vitae», in which the applicant includes all the previous fellowships, the corresponding results, grants and recognized merits.

f) Photocopy of certificate of B1 level in English language (or Spanish if English speaker), as detailed in the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR).

g) 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.

h) Annex V signed by the applicant (stating that de degree obtained by the applicant gives acces to the doctorate programme of the University of La Laguna)

i) 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 VI of this call for applications.

j) Photocopy of valid passport (if not a Spanish citizen).

k) Certificate of disability (if applicable).

l) 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, Spain.

Questions regarding the position should be addressed to the Secretariat of the Graduate Students Division (secens at

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