The "Millennium Nucleus for the Evolutionary Reconstruction of the InterStellar medium" (ERIS) invites applications for two 2-year postdoctoral positions in Santiago, Chile, with possible extension depending on funding. The first position is to work on the formation and evolution of galaxies and their chemical patterns, and the second position is to work on the analysis of spectroscopic surveys of the Milky Way. The postdocs will be affiliated to either the Astrophysics Institute of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), the Astronomy Nucleus of Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) or the Universidad Santiago (USACH).
ERIS has been granted funding by the Government of Chile to support the emerging field of "cosmic phylogenies" in which building and interpreting phylogenetic trees is used to reconstruct the history of galaxy formation through the chemical evolution of the interstellar medium. While working on projects related to this topic, postdocs will be members of the ERIS community, which provides a dynamic environment where international experts in astronomy, mathematics and biology collaborate. More information about ERIS and specific ongoing projects can be found in the dedicated website www.nucleomilenioeris.cl
Interested candidates with a PhD in astrophysics and experience in galaxy evolution using numerical or observational tools, including the Milky Way, are particularly encouraged to apply. Other candidates with expertise in building or interpreting phylogenetic trees with a PhD in evolutionary studies are also strongly encouraged to apply. Once an ERIS member, the candidates will become full members of the corresponding Universities (UDP, PUC, USACH) and therefore will be eligible to access the observing facilities in Chile.
Applications should be submitted by email in a single pdf document to the address [email protected] under the subject "ERIS postdoc application" by 15 December 2022 to ensure full consideration. They should include a brief cover letter (1-page), research statement (max. 2 pages; including current and previous research and a research plan to contribute to ERIS), 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 on request. Applicants might feel free to get in contact with Paula Jofré ([email protected]) or Patricia Tissera ([email protected]) for further enquiries.