Our group on gravitational-arc tomography of the circum-galactic medium (CGM) and the Physics Institute at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV; www.fis.ucv.cl), invite applications for a postdoctoral position in astrophysics. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Nicolas Tejos at PUCV mainly on studies of the CGM through the novel gravitational-arc tomography technique, and a fraction of the time will be available for conducting independent research. We expect the successful applicant to also interact with other members of the gravitational-arc tomography group in Santiago.
We seek a qualified and motivated researcher with a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates with a background (either observational or theoretical) in topics related to diffuse gas in the universe, including the CGM, the intergalactic medium (IGM) and/or the high-redshift interstellar medium (ISM). The position is funded for 2-years (by a ESO-Chile Joint Committee grant) with a salary of $20.000.000 CLP/year (10% tax), and may be extended through external grants. The starting date is March 2020 (negotiable).
The astrophysics group at PUCV (http://www.fis.ucv.cl/astro/) is a recent addition to the Physics Institute focusing on extragalactic astrophysics, star-formation in nearby galaxies, the intergalactic and circumgalactic media, large-scale structure, the high redshift universe, and cosmology. At PUCV, successful applicants will have access to the time guaranteed to Chilean institutions on all observing facilities based in the country (VLT, ALMA, Gemini-S, Magellan, APEX, SOAR, ASTE, La Silla, CTIO, LSST and the futures ELTs), as well as the university's computing cluster. The Physics Institute is based on the Curauma Campus of PUCV in the city of Valparaíso, at ~20 min drive from Viña del Mar and at ~1h drive from Santiago (http://fis.ucv.cl/ubicacion/).
Interested applicants must hold a PhD in astronomy or a related field by the starting date and must send a cover letter, a CV, a list of publications, a research statement (2 pages max.), and arrange for 3 reference letters to be sent directly by the recommenders to Prof. Nicolas Tejos (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications received before January 17 2020 will get full consideration; later applications may still be considered until the position is filled. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Nicolas Tejos for additional information.