The Instituto de Alta Investigación (IAI) at Universidad de Tarapacá invites applications to fill up to three associate or full professor positions, depending on qualifications, beginning as early as January 2023. The requirements are a Ph.D. degree in astronomy/astrophysics or related fields and a solid track record in independent research demonstrable with articles indexed in the WOS database and funded projects as a principal investigator. The search is open to all astrophysics research and instrumentation areas, including interdisciplinary research.
The successful candidates will join the Instituto de Alta Investigación (IAI), comprised of 16 faculty members carrying out research in history, biology, experimental high-energy physics, anthropology, psychology, archeology, mathematics, theoretical physics, and astrophysics. The University of Tarapacá (UTA) is a public university committed to international standards of excellence in research and teaching.
Commitments and expectations:
The successful candidates must commit to having at least three articles per year in quartile Q1 (indexed in the WOS database) and apply annually to ANID research projects as Principal Investigator (e.g. FONDECYT Regular and FONDEF-Idea). In addition, the successful candidates are expected to seek and establish collaborations with national and international centers of excellence, sponsor young doctors for postdoctoral fellowships (e.g. FONDECYT/ALMA/COMITE MIXTO), and apply to ANID associative projects (ANILLO, Millennium, Basal) and international projects.
They must also commit to one undergraduate course per semester (4 hrs/week) and are expected to teach graduate-level classes and join the faculty of future graduate programs. The candidates ideally would be able to teach in Spanish within approximately a year, although this is not a stringent requisite.
Salary and research resources:
- Annual gross salary range CLP$ 43,200,000 - $66,000,000 depending on qualifications. IAI-UTA members are also eligible for performance-related bonuses above the annual publication commitment (e.g. CLP$ 2,000,000 per extra Q1 article).
- Annual research operational expenses funds for CLP$ 9,000,000.
- Funds for technician personnel: annual gross salary up to CLP$ 9,600,000.
- Payment of incorporation fees for large projects.
- Basic equipment: Office and physical space to create a research laboratory.
- As members of the IAI-UTA, the successful applicant(s) will have access to the Chilean 10% of the telescope time in all the international observatories in Chile, including VLT, La Silla, Gemini, Magellan, CTIO, SOAR, APEX, ALMA, and future observatories such as Rubin Observatory, CTA, ELT, and GMT.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of awarded projects and WOS publications, and a statement of research interests to carry out in the next five years. The application must be submitted using this form by November 15th, 2022. A review of the applications and background of desirable candidates will start immediately. Interested applicants can obtain further information directly from Prof. Dr. David Laroze.