The Department of Astronomy (DAS) at Universidad de Chile invites applications for sponsorship to the FONDECYT Postdoctoral Fellowships in observational, theoretical, and/or computational astrophysics and instrumentation. Selected candidates will be sponsored by a DAS faculty member to apply for a 3-year fellowship, awarded annually by the Chilean funding agency ANID to start around March 2021. Successful applicants are expected to collaborate with their DAS sponsor and pursue their independent research for the duration of the fellowship. The postdoctoral fellow can apply for the guaranteed-time available to Chilean institutions on all telescope facilities in the country.
The DAS fosters an engaging and scientifically productive environment, with 24 faculty members and over 40 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Multi-wavelength expertise and a wide array of research fields are pursued by our members: from the solar system and planet formation, to cosmology and the high redshift universe, including instrumentation development. The DAS, one of the leading astronomy centers in Chile, hosts large internationally recognized collaborations like the Chile-China Center, CCJCA, and the Franco Chilean Laboratory for Astronomy, FCLA-UMI, along with major research and technology grants such as the Center for Excellence in Astrophysics and Associated Technologies, CATA. Super-computing facilities are also available locally, and through the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing, NLHPC, at Universidad de Chile. The DAS also hosts the Millimeter-wave Laboratory, which designs, builds, and tests receivers for use in radio-astronomy, along with ALMA instrumentation development.
Applications for sponsorship need to be arranged with a DAS faculty member as early as possible. We will consider sponsorship once we evaluate the following materials:
a. one-page cover letter indicating PhD award date (or expected), name of possible faculty sponsor from DAS, and names of 3 professional references.
b. CV with publication list.
c. Research summary (3 page max.)
Please send to Prof. Laura Pérez (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 14, note that FONDECYT rules require that candidates have chilean citizenship or resident status, and that their PhD was obtained between January 1, 2017 - October 1, 2020. Applicants should contact potential DAS sponsors at the earliest opportunity, in order to develop the strongest possible research plan. Sponsorship is required for the FONDECYT application but does not guarantee success. As an equal opportunity employer the DAS emphatically encourages applications from all nationalities, underrepresented minorities, and women.