Five Severo Ochoa PhD Fellowships at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)



Five Severo Ochoa PhD Fellowships at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)

Call for applications / PhD fellowships
October 10th, 2013


The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) invites applications for five Severo Ochoa PhD Fellowships in the field of astronomy and astrophysics research. During the period of training, students will carry out their doctoral studies at the University of La Laguna under the supervision of a tutor and will undertake research work leading to a doctoral thesis as part of a research group at the IAC.


The IAC, located in the pleasant island of Tenerife (Canary islands), is a leading astrophysics research institute in Spain, designated a ‘Severo Ochoa
Center of Excellence’ by the Spanish government.


A total of 5 PhD fellowships are now being offered for doctoral students in the following research areas:  

  1. Solar physics: proposed projects on solar magnetism and/or seismology via numerical simulations, radiative transfer techniques and/or observational data analyses.
  2. Exoplanets and Solar System: proposed projects on the characterization of extrasolar planets and on the study of primitive asteroids.
  3. Stellar and Interstellar Physics: proposed projects on the following areas: stars, compact objects, dark/bright nebulae and substellar objects.
  4. Galaxy Formation and Evolution: proposed project on numerical modelling.
  5. Cosmology: proposed project on characterizing galaxy clusters as cosmological tools. 


The IAC offers its doctoral students bibliographical, computing and observing facilities, and access to its own and international research projects, as well as the necessary funding for the effective undertaking of research activity. They will be based at the IAC's headquarters (La Laguna), a stimulating and keen working environment, with access to all Canary Islands telescopic and supercomputing facilities, including the 10.4m GTC, to other Spanish facilities, to ESO, ESA, and IRAM. 


Applications for the PhD-program are open to students from all countries.

Successful applicants will join the IAC getting a 4-year fellowship, starting on January the 1st, 2014


In case you are interested in this call, be aware that the official call and corresponding deadline will be published in the next days at


NOTE: It is expected that deadline will be fixed before the end of October. Should you need administrative/technical support, please send us your
questions to ( or by phone (+34 922605336).