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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics at Universidad Diego Portales


The Astronomy Group at the Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) invites applications for sponsoring postdoctoral research fellowships in several topics in Astronomy.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.

Our group can be organised in three main research areas (extragalactic, stellar, and planetary sciences) each offering a range of topics to collaborate. In particular:

The extragalactic science spans a range from Active Galactic Nuclei (R. Assef, C. Ricci) to distant star-forming galaxies (M. Aravena), evolution of nearby galaxies (E. Johnston) and extragalactic transients/supernovae (J. L. Prieto). Members of the extragalactic research group are currently leading or are involved in numerous international projects, including the BASS survey, the NuSTAR and LSST-AGN collaboration,  the WISE Hot DOGs collaboration, SDSS-V, the ALMA Spectroscopic Survey of the HUDF (ASPECS), COSMOS, the South Pole Telescope Submillimeter Galaxy (SPT-SMG) collaboration, the Next generation Fornax Survey (NGFS), the Arc-Tomography group, and the ASAS-SN collaboration. Additionally, Santiago hosts a large and vibrant scientific community working on AGN, with ~50 scientists distributed in four universities and three institutes (
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The stellar group focuses on the study of stellar atmospheres, stellar populations, Galactic archaeology and stellar evolution, in particular compact objects, neutron stars, black holes and general relativity. Members of the stellar research group include Paula Jofre and Thomas Maedler, and are currently leading or involved in several international projects, such as SDSS-V, PLATO and Gaia.
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The planetary group focuses on studying Extrasolar Planets and Planet Formation with Prof. Alice Zurlo and Prof. Lucas Cieza and are currently leading or 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.
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Faculty Positions in Astrophysics at Universidad Diego Portales

The Astronomy Nucleus of Universidad Diego Portales is looking to hire up to three new faculty members at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level.

The requirements are a Ph.D. in astronomy or a closely related field and a demonstrated ability and commitment to excellence in independent research. Experience advising Ph.D. students and a high publication rate is desirable and expected for those applying at the Associate or Full Professor level.

The successful candidate will join a young, vibrant, and productive astronomy group of 8 faculty, currently 5 postdocs, and a rapidly growing Ph.D. program with 14 students working on a broad range of research topics. The position is open to all areas of observational, experimental, and theoretical astrophysics and carries teaching duties in astronomy at the graduate and undergraduate level, with a load of no more than two courses per year.

The new faculty will also be expected to actively participate in the recently created graduate program in astrophysics at UDP by advising and interacting with students. The successful candidate will have access to 10% of all telescope time in Chile, including ALMA, VLT, Gemini, Magellan, CTIO, SOAR, and other telescopes, as well as access to future facilities such as the Vera Rubin Observatory, GMT and E-ELT. The new faculty is expected to start in January 2022, but other starting dates could be accommodated.

We invite prospective applicants to submit their CV, a 3-page research statement, a 1-page teaching and mentoring statement, and a cover letter in a single PDF by April 21, 2021 to [email protected] to ensure full consideration. Applications will be received until the positions are filled. Applicants should also provide the contact information of three references that can submit recommendation letters. The UDP Astronomy Nucleus is committed to equal opportunity and diversity in its workforce. We encourage applications from women and minority groups and welcome applications by dual-career academic couples. Researchers whose productivity has been particularly affected by the pandemic should specify this in the cover letter.

More information about the UDP Astronomy Nucleus and about this call can be found at Questions can be directed to Prof. Manuel Aravena at [email protected].

Included Benefits:

UDP offers a competitive salary, support for health insurance and relocation costs.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 21, 2021