The Center of Astro Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (AIUC) invites applications for a position of Instrument Engineer. The position is for an initial term of 2 years renewable upon review for a total period of up to 5 years, indefinite appointment can be considered after this period.We seek a motivated person with experience in instrumentation and particularly in optics, opto-mechanics, electronics, both as a designer and experimentalist. Required qualifications include a degree in engineering,physics or astronomy. Preference will be given to candidates holding a master or PhD degree, however all applications will be given full consideration.
The Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile is one of the leading Universities in Latin America. The AIUC is an interdisciplinary center,including faculty from the Institute of Astrophysics and the School ofEngineering, aiming at exploiting the privileged conditions offered by Chile to ground based astronomical observations and to boost technological developement in the country. The Center is engaged in world class projects in astronomical instrumentation including participation in the multi object spectrograph MOONS for the ESO VLT and the high resolution spectrograph G-Clef for the GMT. In addition the AIUC leads a number of local projects aimed at providing the Chilean community with competitive instruments for astronomical observations. The successful candidate will join a dynamic international team and will be involved in the AIUC initiatives in the field of high resolution spectroscopy for the visible and near infrared. Previous experience in these fields will be welcomed. We offer a competitive salary, benefits may include travel and training budget depending on qualification and performance. Chile offers privileged conditions for ground based astronomy, Chilean researchers have access to 10% of the observing time at any telescope located in the country including ALMA, ESO, Gemini, CTIO, Las Campanas.
Applicants are requested to submit their applications including a cover letter and CV by email to email@example.com, two recommendation letters must be arranged and sent to the same address. Applications must be received by April 30 , 2014. Preferred starting date is not later than August 2014.
Questions about this position can be addressed to Prof. L. Vanzi ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
This position is supported by a Gemini Observatory grant.