Maunakea Graduate School | June 2-13 2020

Submit applications here by January 20th 2020. The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) is proud to announce the 2020 competition for the Maunakea Graduate School in Astronomy (MKGS). The MKGS presents an opportunity for six graduate students in…

My master thesis in 400 words : Dominic Couture

Dominic Couture, an iREx student at Université de Montréal, finished his master degree in 2019. Here, he summarizes the research project he carried out during his studies:   Young moving groups (YMG) are associations of stars,…

A star has left us

On November 1, Gilles Fontaine, professor in the Départment de physique at the Université de Montréal and a member of the Institut for research on exoplanets, passed away. Gilles Fontaine was a specialist in the study…

Transit of Mercury

On November 11th 2019, the planet Mercury will pass in front of the Sun from the point of view of Earth. This phenomenon, called the transit of Mercury, is akin to the transit of exoplanets in…

2020 JWST Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department of Physics at the Université de Montréal, is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position to join the NIRISS instrument team for the James Webb Space…

2020 Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer Interns iREx

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department of Physics of the Université de Montréal (UdeM), is calling for applications from undergraduate students to the 2020 Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer Interns. The summer…

Trottier Postdoctoral Fellowship at iREx (2020) in Exoplanetary Astrophysics

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the physics department of the University of Montreal (UdeM), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in experimental, observational or theoretical astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets….

Water detected on an exoplanet located in its star’s habitable zone

An international study lead by Université de Montréal astronomer Björn Benneke has detected water vapour on the planet K2-18b; this represents a major discovery in the search of alien life. Ever since the discovery of the…

A lookback on the 2019 iREx summer internships

As we get ready for the start of the new academic year, we would like to take a moment to look back at the fantastic work done by our 14 exceptional summer interns: a record number…

JWST completely assembled for the first time

After being tested separately, the two halves of the James Webb Space Telescope have finally come together into a single piece for the first time since the project started. Engineers from Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach,…