Closing date:    May 15, 2024

Contract type: Fixed Term (Renewable)

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). The organization operates two world-class research facilities: the IRAM 30-meter telescope in Spain, and NOEMA, the largest millimeter interferometer of the northern hemisphere, in the French Alps. The institute also houses one of the nodes of the European ALMA science support center.

Job description :

IRAM is seeking highly motivated astronomers to work within the NOEMA Science Operations Group (SOG) at IRAM headquarters (Grenoble). The successful candidates will join a team of scientists and engineers and will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for astronomical research.

IRAM offers opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations and a stimulating work environment where scientists cover a whole range of research topics, encompassing ISM chemistry, planetary science, young stellar objects, late-stage stellar evolution, and extragalactic research spanning across low and high redshifts. IRAM expects the successful candidate to possess well-defined scientific interests, pursue scientific programs using the IRAM facilities, and invest up to 50% of the time on astronomical research.

The key responsibilities for the positions are:

  • Contribute to NOEMA’s scientific operation as an astronomer on duty.
  • Support the NOEMA user community in proposal preparation and offer technical expertise for data analysis and interpretation.
  • Participate in the commissioning of NOEMA subsystems to meet operational requirements.
  • Engage in initiatives to improve and expand the capabilities of the interferometer.

Required profile:

The SOG is looking for qualified candidates with a PhD, preferably with proven observational experience and a keen interest in (sub)millimeter wave interferometry. Excellent communication skills and a robust team spirit are essential. An aptitude for software development and prior work in an international research environment are desirable.

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement detailing their research experience and interests, and provide contact information for two references. Due to travel requirements and working at the NOEMA observatory, a valid driver’s license and a successful high-altitude medical examination are a necessary requirement for employment in these positions.

Applications are to be submitted by email to the IRAM personnel department (

Employment at IRAM is open to all nationalities, irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion.