The Millennium Science Initiative's Institute of Astrophysics (MAS) is a new research center in Chile that includes Large-Scale Variability Surveys as one of its main research lines. In particular, it is currently leading the Vista Variables in the Vía Láctea (VVV) ESO Public Survey, and is also involved in other time-domain projects such as CRTS and LSST. The Institute is a large collaboration of Astronomers, Statisticians, and Computer Scientists, whose members are located at five universities in Chile. The MAS invites applications for two postdoctoral positions in the field of Stellar Variability, to work with Profs. Márcio Catelan and Dante Minniti at the Astrophysics Institute of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), and Prof. Jura Borissova at Universidad de Valparaíso (UV). We are seeking to appoint scientists with an interest in building, managing, and mining large relational databases, particularly in the framework of the VVV project. The main scientific goal is to perform systematic studies of different variability classes in time-series databases, including classification, follow-up, and astrophysical applications. While all areas of Stellar Variability will be considered, we are particularly interested in researchers with experience in data mining and/or the analysis of time-series data arising from large surveys. Previous experience with management of large relational databases and familiarity with near-IR data would be a plus. While the positions are available immediately, the actual starting date is negotiable. The appointment is for an initial period of two years, with subsequent yearly renewals, contingent upon performance and availability of funding. Each fellow will receive a competitive salary as well as a research budget, including travel and hardware. While holding the position, the fellows will be eligible to apply for the 10% host country observing time on all international telescopes located in Chile, including VLT, ALMA, Magellan, and Gemini. Interested researchers should send a CV (including publication list) and a description of research interests (3 pages max) to Prof. Catelan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants should also request for at least 2 letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the writers. Applications received by March 24 2014 will receive full consideration, but late applications will also be considered, until the position is filled.
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