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Faculty Position Opening: Assistant or Associate Professor at the Institute of Astrophysics

25 April 2023

The Institute of Astrophysics (IA) at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) is pleased to announce an opening for at least one faculty position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate(s) will join a prestigious academic community committed to excellence in research and teaching in the field of astrophysics.

The starting date for the position is negotiable, with the latest start date being March 2024. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in astronomy, astrophysics, or related fields, and demonstrate a strong commitment to independent research and teaching excellence. The search is open to candidates in all areas of astrophysics research and instrumentation, as well as interdisciplinary research.

The successful candidate(s) will be expected to actively participate in research and teaching activities at the Institute of Astrophysics and collaborate closely with students. The Institute is home to an international community of 16 faculty members, approximately 60 graduate students, and over 20 postdoctoral researchers, conducting research across a broad range of astrophysics fields. The IA provides a stimulating environment with a strong visitor program, weekly seminars, colloquia, and daily astro-ph discussions, fostering academic and social interaction, networking, and collaboration.

As a faculty member, the successful candidate(s) will have access to the Chilean 10% of the telescope time at all international observatories in Chile, including VLT, Gemini, Magellan, CTIO, SOAR, APEX, and ALMA, as well as future observatories such as Rubin Observatory, CTA, ELT, and GMT. The Institute also hosts several high-performance computers for numerical simulations and high-volume data reduction. Teaching duties encompass astrophysics courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. While the ability to teach in Spanish within approximately one year is desirable, it is not a strict requirement.

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, brief statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, and the names of three referees for reference letters by May 31st, 2023. Late applications may be considered until the position(s) is(are) filled. For more information, see this announcement or contact Prof. Felipe Barrientos.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in its workforce, including religious freedom. All qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. The University actively promotes gender equality in all selection processes. Candidates without residence status in Chile will need to process their visa in their country of origin to be incorporated into the University’s academic staff.

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