New M.Sc./Ph.D. Positions in Exoplanetary Science for 2019

We are happy to announce new M.Sc./Ph.D. positions in exoplanetary science at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) at the Université de Montréal or the other home institutions of iREx professors (McGill University, Bishop’s University), starting either in the Spring or Fall 2019 semesters.

Students can work on various topics related to the detection and characterization of exoplanets, to the development of astronomical instrumentation and related fields in stellar astrophysics. For more information on our researchers’ work, please consult their webpages or contact them (

Potential candidates should first contact the professor(s) they would like to work with directly. It is strongly recommended to do this by September 24, 2018. This will ensure that you will obtain support from your potential supervisor during the application process for several funding opportunities which have deadlines in the early fall, namely NSERC (deadline UdeM/PhD : Oct. 8, 4PM) and FRQNT (deadline UdeM/PhD/MSc : Oct. 3, 4PM) scholarships. The positions will however remain open until filled.

About iREx

Created in 2014, the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) brings together some 40 researchers from four Quebec universities who are world leaders in the field. The team has expertise in the creation of cutting-edge instrumentation (James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)SPIRou and NIRPS, the Gemini Planet Imager, the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic), the development of innovative observational methods, and the design of state-of-the-art theoretical models. More information on iREx research programs can be found on the institute’s website.

More information

The working languages at iREx are French and English. The Université de Montréal is a francophone institution. Support will be provided to learn French, if necessary. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in physics or a similar discipline to be admitted to the M.Sc. program and a M.Sc. degree in physics or a similar discipline to be admitted to the Ph.D. program. Many other funding opportunities are available at each institution. Students joining the iREx team with the Université de Montréal will benefit from additional funding to complement their base salary guaranteed by the university.

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets promotes employment diversity, inclusion and equity. We encourage applications from women, visible and ethnic minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

For more information on iREx contact the iREx Coordinator, Nathalie Ouellette :

Information on the application processes

Université de Montréal

If you are interested in studying at the Université de Montréal, it is suggested to find a supervisor before applying to the university. It is thus recommended to first contact the professor(s) you are interested in working with and sending them your CV and transcript (you may also include a statement of interest)If the professor is currently recruiting new students and believes you may be a good match for one of their research projects, they will respond to your application to further discuss it.

You will then need to submit an application directly to the Université de Montréal. For more information on the graduate admission process in the Department of Physics at the Université de Montréal, contact Sophie Tremblay, Graduate Studies Coordinator, or consult the following pages.

McGill University

If you are interested in studying at McGill University, you should apply directly to the Department of Physics or the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. It is still encouraged to contact the professors you would like to work with. This will let them know you are interested in working with them, and they will also be able to confirm that they are currently recruiting new students.

For more information on the McGill University application process, see their Department of Physics admissions page (deadline for Fall admission: December 15, 2018) or their Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences admission page (deadline for Fall admission: February 1, 2019).

Bishop’s University

To work at Bishop’s University with Prof. Jason Rowe, you can contact him and find out more information on their application process on their admissions page. There is no formal deadline for admission, but students are encouraged to apply by May 1, 2019 in order to receive full consideration for registration in September 2019.