Postdoctoral Positions in Astrophysics
Instituto de Radioastronomia y Astrofisica, UNAM

We offered two periods to applications:

  • Applications in February 2019 for a September 1st, 2019 start date
  • Applications in July 2019 for a March 1st, 2020 start date

Dr. Stanley Kurtz, Academic Secretary

Tel: +52 443 322 27 95
FAX: +52 443 322 27 26

More information and details:
Convocatoria DGAPA (Spanish)
Application form (Spanish)
Application form (English)
Operating Rules (Spanish)
Commitment Letter


The Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) offers postdoctoral fellowships twice a year with coming starting dates in September 2019 and March 2020. The fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second year depending on performance.

Candidates interested in taking up a fellowship at the Instituto de Radioastronomía y Astrofisica (IRyA) in Morelia, Michoacan, should apply directly to the IRyA. Applications should not be made to more than one Institute or Center of the UNAM.

Fellows are expected to carry out original research in any area of astrophysics, collaborating with faculty and/or students. The main selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments and promise of future achievement. Fellows will have access to the San Pedro Martir National Astronomical Observatory, Baja California. Astronomers at Mexican institutions can also compete for the Mexican share of observing time on the 10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC). The IRyA has extensive computing facilities on site including a purpose-built high-performance computing center. The IRyA provides funds for publishing, and limited support for observing and traveling.


Interested applicants should contact Dr. Kurtz well in advance of the official deadlines mentioned above.

Before applying, candidates should ensure that they meet the minimum requirements - any application not meeting these requirements is automatically rejected.

  1. Have received their PhD no more than 5 years before the start date of the fellowship.
  2. Have a minimum of one accepted or published article in a refereed journal.

Applicants should send to Dr. Kurtz at the IRyA ().

  1. A cover letter
  2. An abstract of their Ph.D. thesis
  3. A complete curriculum vitae including a full list of publications
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. A research project, which should be defined jointly with the researcher at the IRyA with whom the candidate intends to work. A full list of faculty and their research interests can be found via the IRyA web page ( by following the links to IRyA, then Directorio, and finally Investigadores.

If the application is selected by the IRyA's internal council, the applicant will be required to:

  1. Fill in an application form
  2. Submit a copy of their birth certificate and PhD certificate (if available).

All documents can be sent scanned in pdf format. It is not necessary to send originals.


The fellowship is tax free and includes health insurance (for self, spouse, and children).


The fellowship stipend is currently 35,000.00 MXN pesos per month (approximately 1,795.00 USD with an exchange rate 19.50 pesos/US Dollar).


The fellowships are assigned by a specialist University Committee in the natural and physical sciences, and the IRyA will be assigned one or two each semester. Applicants will be notified of the results in late April or early September.

If you accept another offering before hearing from us, please let us know.