Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA, Pune) – Vaidya-Raychaudhuri Post Doctoral Fellowship: Deadline October 31, 2018

October 15, 2018, from Richard Morton

Applications are invited from researchers with an outstanding track record for a newly constituted Vaidya-Raychaudhuri Post-doctoral Fellowship in Astronomy and Astrophysics including Solar Physics. The duration of the fellowship is typically for two to three years but is extendable up to a maximum period of five years based on performance. The fellowship will carry a remuneration of Indian Rs. 55,000/- per month for the first two years and Indian Rs.65,000/- per month in the subsequent years. There will be a contingency grant of Indian Rs.2,00,000/- per year throughout the tenure. The fellowship also includes rent-free accommodation on campus as well as medical and other benefits. Facilities required for research are provided institutionally. A post-doctoral fellow with excellent performance will be considered for a tenured position.

IUCAA is the PI institute for the Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT) that will fly on board the Aditya_L1 mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). SUIT will observe the Sun in full disk in the wavelength range 2000 – 4000 Å using 11 different bandpass filters. This will help us address the issues related to the dynamic coupling of the lower solar atmosphere. In addition, SUIT will for the first time allow us to measure the spatially resolved solar spectral irradiance in NUV that is central to the Sun–Climate studies.

Facilities at IUCAA include a network of state-of-the-art computers, high-performance computing clusters, mirror sites of important databases, a very well equipped instrumentation laboratory, and a library with an exhaustive collection of books and periodicals.

IUCAA also operates a 2 m optical telescope, IUCAA Girawali Observatory (IGO), at Girawali which is about 80 km from IUCAA campus. IUCAA is a partner in the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), which is a 10m class telescope suited for imaging and spectroscopic observations of faint and distant objects.

Interested applicants may apply online at

The last date for submission of applications is October 31. Candidates will be informed of the result by the end of December. Successful candidates are normally expected to commence their fellowship by August in the following year.