2023-01-00 | Ref: VN2023/01

Closing date: February 2nd, 2023

IRAM is an international research organization for millimeter and submillimeter astronomy supported by the CNRS (France), the Max-Planck Gesellschaft (Germany), and the IGN (Spain). IRAM operates two world-class research facilities, a 30-meter single-dish telescope (Spain) and the mm/submm interferometer NOEMA (France). The scientific capabilities of the 30-meter telescope are continuously enhanced with state-of-the-art technology such as for EMIR, the multi-wavelength heterodyne frontend, and, with the recent commissioning of the new large field-of-view continuum 1mm/2mm camera NIKA2.

IRAM invites applications for one postdoctoral research positions at IRAM/Granada, to work on topics related to the project funded by the Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry “Galaxy evolution in extreme environments: from cosmic voids to galaxy clusters”, ref. PID2021-122544NB-C43 (PIs M. Sánchez-Portal & Á. Bongiovanni).


The main duties of the successful candidate would include:

  • Data processing and analysis of the vast amount of available data gathered by our group, including, but not limited to, tuneable filter data obtained with the OSIRIS instrument at the 10.4m GTC telescope in La Palma targeting several prominent optical emission lines of cluster galaxies at different redshifts.
  • Preparation and performance of follow-up optical MOS observations whenever required. Data reduction and analysis.
  • Preparation and performance of millimetre wave follow-up observations targeting CO lines at different facilities, including the IRAM 30-meter telescope, NOEMA and/or ALMA. Data reduction and analysis.
  • Scientific exploitation of the cluster data referred above.
  • Collaboration in the scientific exploitation of the data available to the Galaxy Evolution co-ordinated project (e.g. OTELO and Lockman-SpReSO data of field galaxies)
  • Collaboration in the observations, data reduction and analysis of the CO-CAVITY data on void galaxies gathered with the IRAM 30-meter telescope and other facilities (e.g. optical data gathered at CAHA and ING telescopes).


The candidate is expected to have a good research track in extragalactic astronomy, and more specifically in the study of emission-line galaxies (ELG). The following qualifications are required (in unspecific order):

  • Experience building and maintaining large extragalactic multiband databases.
  • Experience reducing and calibrating tuneable filter and/or narrow-band imaging data.
  • Research experience in ELGs (SF and AGN) and their evolution.
  • Research experience in FIR galaxies.


The following qualifications are desired (in unspecific order):

  • Experience in galaxy morphology classification.
  • Data modelling and biases in extragalactic surveys.
  • Photo-z determination and SED fitting/stellar population and derived parameters.
  • Reducing and calibrating long-slit and/or MOS spectra.
  • 2D and 3D spatial correlation functions.
  • Experience in research related to gas metallicity in ELGs.
  • Experience in research related to LAEs and LBGs.
  • Experience in millimetre astronomy, including planning, observing, reducing and analysing data is considered an asset, although it is assumed that the successful candidate will be fully trained in the subject by IRAM staff.


Candidates must have completed the PhD prior to beginning the position. Review of applications will begin immediately after the closing date. The duration of the appointment depends on the availability of funds, but is estimated in 2-2.5 years.

IRAM offers an inspiring working environment, a competitive salary and social security packages. Applications should be sent as one pdf file to the IRAM-Granada personnel department, cordoba@iram.es and should include a cover letter indicating motivation and qualifications, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and a short research statement. The names of two possible reference persons should be included in the cover letter. Inquiries should be addressed to the station manager Miguel Sánchez-Portal, msanchez@iram.es.