The Instituto de Astronomía at Universidad Católica del Norte (IA-UCN) in Antofagasta, Chile, invites applications for at least one tenure track position from enthusiastic candidates who are currently working in research areas related to exoplanets and/or massive star formation processes in extreme (galactic/extragalactic) environments. The starting date is flexible but expected before the end of 2022.
- PhD degree (Dr., Ph.D., Rer.Nat) or equivalent, in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field.
- Scientific productivity demonstrated in the WoS (ex ISI) database.
- Ongoing research in the aforementioned astronomy/astrophysics research fields.
- Teaching experience at the university level is desirable, but not required.
- Experience and skills in academic management and project directorship is highly desirable, but not required.
Successful applicants will have access to the 10% time guaranteed to Chilean institutions on all international observatories based in the country (ESO/Paranal, ALMA, APEX, LCO, etc.). Additionally, the IA-UCN has exclusive access to the 1m telescope at ESO’s la Silla Observatory and the facilities that will be installed at Cerro Ventarrones observatory in the near future. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the growth of the Institute, by means of research, teaching, and management tasks. The selected candidate will carry out independent research programs and collaborate with existing research groups at the IA-UCN including students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition, the selected candidate is expected to direct undergraduate and doctoral theses, and to teach each academic semester at the undergraduate/graduate level.
The initial offer will be for a one-year contract. After this trial period, the position will be converted to a full tenure-track position after successful performance evaluation. The offered salary will be in line with standard salary of academic staff at UCN, plus a monetary incentive for each scientific publication, according to UCN internal rules.
- A cover letter, including a statement of research and future plans.
- A curriculum vitae, with a list of publications.
- Contact information of at least two professional references, willing to provide recommendation letter if requested.
Applications must be sent to Dr. Maximiliano Moyano ([email protected]), Director of the Astronomy Institute. The application deadline is Wednesday May 04, 2022, but late applications may be considered. The candidate may be invited for a personal interview during the review process. The results of the selection process are expected by Monday May 16, 2022.