The Astronomy Group at Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) invites applications for sponsoring postdoctoral research fellowships in astronomy on the study of Extrasolar Planets and Planet Formation with Prof. Alice Zurlo and Prof. Lucas Cieza. Selected candidates will be sponsored by a UDP faculty member to apply for FONDECYT postdoctoral grants of 3 years. The expected beginning of these fellowships is in the first half of 2022. The eligibility is limited to researchers that have received their Ph.D. between Jan 1, 2018 and the FONDECYT application deadline (expected to be in July, 2021). Exceptions for women with children born in this period are possible according to the latest FONDECYT guidelines.
Santiago hosts a large and vibrant scientific community working on planetary sciences, with roughly 30 astronomers working on this field. While at UDP, successful candidates will qualify as members of the Chilean community and will be eligible for the 10% privileged access to all telescopes in Chile, including ALMA, Gemini South, VLT, Magellan, CTIO, SOAR, La Silla, and APEX. Faculty members at UDP are currently leading and are involved in numerous projects, including high-contrast imaging and exoplanets characterization, ALMA observations of protoplanetary disks, and IR and submillimeter laboratory measurements of meteorites and Cosmic Dust.
Applications should be submitted by e-mail in pdf format to Prof. Lucas Cieza (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 20, 2021 to ensure full consideration. They should include a brief cover letter (1-page), research statement (max. 3 pages; including current and previous research and a research plan while working at UDP), and a CV (with a publication list). In addition, applicants should provide the names and contact information of 2 to 3 references willing to provide letters of recommendation on request. We encourage potential applicants to get in contact with prof. Alice Zurlo (email@example.com) and prof. Lucas Cieza (firstname.lastname@example.org). We also encourage applications from women and minority groups.