Ph.D. Positions at Universidad Diego Portales
(deadline 25 September 2022)
The School of Engineering and Sciences at Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) invites applications for its Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. is 4 years long and students are expected to start research activities during their first semester in one of the following research areas: Planetary systems, Stellar and Galactic astronomy, compact objects or Extragalactic astronomy. Specific topics can be found here: https://astronomia.udp.cl/research/research-areas/
The PhD program in Astronomy at UDP is very international, with ~75% of the students coming from abroad (from ~10 different countries), and the official language of the department is English. The Nucleus also hosts leading partners in internationally recognized research centers like the Center for Excellence in Astrophysics and Associated Technologies (CATA), the Millenium Institute of Astrophysics (MAS), the Millenium Nucleus on Young Exoplanets and their Moons (YEMS), and the Millennium Nucleus for the Evolutionary Reconstruction of the InterStellar medium (ERIS). While at UDP, successful candidates will qualify as members of the Chilean community and will be eligible for the 10% access to all observatories in Chile, including ALMA, Gemini South, VLT, Magellan, CTIO, SOAR, and La Silla.
Requirements: Applicants should have an undergraduate and/or master’s degree in Astronomy (or closely related fields) by the start date of the course, full-time commitment, and a good command of the English language.
1. Motivation letter indicating your reasons for applying to the Ph.D. program at UDP, research experience (if any), research interests, and career plans and goals (two pages maximum). The letter should also indicate the preferred starting date (March or August 2023). Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the faculty members best matching their research interests to learn more about possible research projects.
2. Curriculum Vitae (3 pages maximum).
3. Copy of undergraduate and/or graduate degrees or letter from University official
indicating expected graduation date.
4. Copy of undergraduate academic transcripts (graduate transcripts too, if available).
5. A minimum of two and a maximum of three letters of recommendation sent directly by the recommenders to [email protected].
All application materials (including letters of recommendation) should be submitted by e-mail to [email protected] by September 25 2022.
Postdoctoral position – Active Galactic Nuclei
(deadline 15 August 2022)
The Astronomy Group at Universidad Diego Portales (UDP), in Chile, invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral research position in extragalactic astrophysics. The successful applicant will work on observational studies of Active Galactic Nuclei in the group led by Prof. Claudio Ricci. The candidate is expected to have experience in the study of AGN; familiarity with AGN variability and X-ray data reduction will be considered an asset. A fraction of time will be available for independent research.
Santiago hosts a large and vibrant scientific community working on AGN, with ~50 scientists distributed in four universities and three institutes. 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, APEX, and ASTE, as well as to future facilities such as LSST.
Applications should be submitted by e-mail in pdf format to [email protected] by August 15, 2022 to ensure full consideration. The applications should include a 1-page research statement (including current and previous research), and a CV (with a publication list). In addition, applicants should provide the names and contact information of 3 references willing to provide letters of recommendation on request. The postdoctoral position includes a generous yearly research budget.
Postdoctoral Fellowships for joining the Millennium Nucleus ERIS
(deadline 31 July 2022)
The “Millennium Nucleus for the Evolutionary Reconstruction of the InterStellar medium” (ERIS) invites applications for two 2-year postdoctoral positions in Santiago, Chile, with possible extension depending on funding. The first position is to work on the formation and evolution of galaxies and their chemical patterns, and the second position is to work on the analysis of spectroscopic surveys of the Milky Way. The postdocs will be affiliated to either the Astrophysics Institute of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) or the Astronomy Nucleus of Universidad Diego Portales (UDP).
ERIS has been granted 3 years of funding by the Government of Chile to support the emerging field of “cosmic phylogenies” in which the powerful tool of building and interpreting phylogenetic trees in biology is implemented to reconstruct the history of galaxy formation through the chemical evolution of the interstellar medium. ERIS provides an environment where experts in astronomy, mathematics and biology collaborate and train students and postdocs in this new research topic. More information about ERIS and specific ongoing projects can be found in the dedicated website www.nucleomilenioeris.cl
Interested candidates with a PhD in astrophysics and experience in galaxy evolution using numerical or observational tools, especially those with a focus on the Milky Way, are particularly encouraged to apply. Other candidates with expertise in building or interpreting phylogenetic trees with a PhD in evolutionary studies are also strongly encouraged to apply. Once an ERIS member, the candidates will become full members of the corresponding Universities (UDP or PUC) and therefore will be eligible to access the observing facilities in Chile.
Applications should be submitted by email in a single pdf document to the address [email protected] under the subject “ERIS postdoc application” by 31st July 2022 to ensure full consideration. They should include a brief cover letter (1-page), research statement (max. 2 pages; including current and previous research and a research plan to contribute to ERIS), and a CV (with a publication list). In addition, applicants should provide the names and contact information of 3 references willing to provide letters of recommendation on request. Applicants might feel free to get in contact with Paula Jofré ([email protected]) and Patricia Tissera ([email protected]) for further enquiries.