The Astronomy Nucleus at Diego Portales University (UDP) invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position related to stellar-planet chemical connection. The postdoc will work on an interdisciplinary project funded by the Joint ESO-Chile Committee led by Dr. Paula Jofré from UDP, in collaboration with Dr. Julio Chanamé from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and Dr. Amy Bonsor from the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, UK.
We live in an epoch of exoplanet discovery. The composition of exoplanets is strongly linked to their host stars. The postdoctoral position is to work on problems related to low-mass stars, white dwarfs, and the chemical composition of exoplanetary systems and their host stars. We are, therefore, seeking candidates with a PhD in astrophysics and a strong background in either stellar spectroscopy of cool stars or white dwarfs. Candidates should show an interest in understanding the links between stellar and planetary abundances, mining Gaia data to find good targets and in proposing and performing their own astronomical observations.
The Astronomy group at UDP is among the most productive groups in Chile with a recently started Ph.D. program, and hosts an international scientifically vibrant environment; with students, postdocs, and young faculty members. Similarly, PUC, located a few metro stations away from UDP, hosts a large, dynamic, and well established scientific environment, with a particularly strong international postdoctoral community.
While at UDP, successful candidate will qualify as member of the Chilean community and will be eligible for the 10% privileged access to all telescopes in Chile, including ALMA, VLT, Gemini South, Magellan, CTIO, SOAR, La Silla, APEX, and ASTE, as well as to survey facilities such as SDSS-V.
Applications should be submitted by e-mail as a single pdf format to email@example.com by 10th January 2021 to ensure full consideration. They should include a brief cover letter (1-page), research statement (max. 3 pages; including current and previous research how their skills are suitable for this position), and a CV (with a publication list). In addition, applicants should provide the names and contact information of 3 references willing to provide letters of recommendation upon request.
Fellowship offers support for one yearly travel to the University of Cambridge to visit Dr. Amy Bonsor, UK counterpart of the project. We particularly encourage applicants for minority groups.