The Institute of Astrophysics (IA) and the Astro-Engineering Center (AIUC) of Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), Andrés Bello University (UNAB) and the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany (MPIA) invite applications for an Associate Research position in observational astronomy. Selected applicants will spend 90 nights per year on La Silla Observatory to support observations at the 2.2m ESO/MPIA telescope. The rest of their working time, they are expected to carry out their own research, with residence in Santiago at PUC. The position starts as soon as March 2019 and lasts for 2 years, renewable for another 2 years. The IA and the AIUC provide an international environment with about sixty active researchers and forty graduate students. The available computational facilities include a 2x512-core supercomputer intended for numerical simulations/databases/data analysis. Chile has the greatest concentration of large telescopes in the southern hemisphere. While resident at PUC, the fellows will qualify as members of the Chilean community and therefore, will be eligible to apply for observing time on all telescopes in Chile, including ESO's 4x8m VLT, 3.5m NTT, and 3.6m, Gemini-South 8m, ALMA, Carnegie's 2.5m and Magellan 2x6.5m, CTIO’s 4m, SOAR, ASTE, APEX etc.
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, list of publications, a research plan, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by 10 January 2019. The research plan should address how the applicant intends to make use of the facilities available to PUC. There will be a training period at PUC in Santiago.
Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent electronically.