Postdoctoral Fellowships

An artistic representation of a view of the surface of one of the exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. (Credit: N. Bartmann/ESO)
An artistic representation of a view of the surface of one of the exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. (Credit: N. Bartmann/ESO)

The Trottier Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department Physics of the Université de Montréal (UdeM), offers the Trottier Postdoctoral Fellowship each year in experimental, observational or theoretical astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets, which enables forefront independent research related to exoplanets.

This fellowship is named in honour of the Trottier Family Foundation, which supports this fellowship as well as a large portion of our Institute’s research and education activities.

Open Competition: 2024 Trottier Postdoctoral Fellowship

Eligibility requirements:
  • A Ph.D. in physics, astronomy or related discipline is required at the time when the position starts.
  • All areas of research related to exoplanets, related fields of astrophysics and astronomical instrumentation are eligible.
  • Preference will be given to applicants within 3 years of obtaining their Ph.D. Applicants with career interruptions resulting from parental, medical or family leaves, or other causes are invited to mention these in their cover letter if so desired.

The position is held at the Université de Montréal. The researcher will work on-site at the new MIL Campus located at 1375 ave Thérère-Lavoie-Roux in Montreal or using a combination of remote and on-site work.

Starting Date

The successful applicant is expected to start between May and September 2024.


The position is for two years, renewable for a third year subject to performance and availability of funds.


To apply, fill out the following form:

Your application must include, in a single PDF file (named YourLastName_App.pdf):

  1. (optional) a cover letter (maximum 1 page)
  2. a statement of research interest (maximum 2 pages)
  3. a curriculum vitae
  4. a list of publications: please clearly distinguish between peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles.

You should also arrange to have three referees send a letter of reference to before the deadline. Please use the following format: YourLastName_HisHerLastName_Recommendation.pdf.


Applications submitted by December 4, 2023 will receive full consideration. This position will, however, remain open until filled.


About the iREx

The iREx consists of a growing team of about 60 people working on a variety of observational, theoretical and instrumental projects related to the study of exoplanets and other related fields of astrophysics. They work within several research institutions located in Quebec, Canada (Université de Montréal, McGill University, Bishop’s University, Montreal Planetarium of Space for Life, Université Laval). Our professors, researchers, and students are actively involved in large international projects related to the detection and characterisation of exoplanets, notably the James Webb Space Telescope, the SPIRou and NIRPS spectrographs, and have privileged access to time and data from these instruments. More information on iREx’s research programs can be found here:

The iREx has also a vibrant science education and outreach program led by astrophysicists who are seasoned science communicators. We believe in the importance of training scientists who have exceptional scientific research skills, but also outstanding communication skills. All of our members are involved in bringing science to a wide audience in a variety of ways.

The iREx advocates for diversity, inclusion and employment equity. We strongly encourage applications from women, visible and ethnic minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply. With the support of our EDI committee, we are committed to the professional integration of people from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the physics research community.

If you have any questions about the iREx or the Trottier Postdoctoral Grants , please contact Marie-Eve Naud,