Postdoctoral positions in Santiago

There are several options for postdoctoral positions and fellowships in Santiago. Working in a Chilean University, the postdocs will qualify as a member of the Chilean community with 10% privileged access on all telescopes in Chile, including ESO/Paranal's 4x8m VLT and 4m VISTA, La Silla's 3.5m NTT and 3.6m and 2.2m telescopes, Gemini-South 8m, Carnegie's 2.5m and Magellan 2x6.5m, CTIO's 4m (Blanco), SOAR 4m, as well as ASTE, APEX, and ALMA. By ~2020 Chile will host ~70% of all the major astronomical infrastructures in the world, including the last generation of telescopes (LSST, GMT, E-ELT, and CTA). 
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FONDECYT Postdoctoral fellowships

These 3-years fellowships, with a starting date around March 2020, are funded by the Chilean agency CONICYT. The recipients of this fellowship will also be awarded 4,500,000 pesos (~6,500 USD) for equipment and traveling. Candidates should have obtained their PhD after January 1st 2016. Further details can be found here.

Interested candidates can contact potential hosts in any of the four departments of Astronomy in Santiago (PUC, UCH, UDP or UNAB). Further information on the particular conditions at each institution can be obtained directly from any of the faculty listed in the website. 

Deadline: July 2019

China-CONICYT Postdoctoral fellowships

These 2-years fellowships, aimed at improving the scientific collaboration between Chile and China, will fund postdocs who are interested in carrying out research in Chile, in collaborations with scientists in China. The recipients of this fellowship will also be awarded 4,500,000 pesos (~6,700 USD) for equipment and travels. Candidates should have obtained their PhD after January 1st 2012. Further information can be found here.

Deadline: 31 October 2018.

ESO Fellowships

The fellowships in Chile are granted for 4 years. During the first three years, the fellows are assigned to one of the science operation groups of Paranal, ALMA or APEX, where they will contribute at a level of 80 nights per year. For ALMA fellows a fraction of their duties can alternatively be spent on data processing, participation in the ALMA review process as technical experts, software testing, optimisation and extension of the array capabilities. At Paranal, fellows have the opportunity to join an Instrument Operations Team (IOT). In the role of Instrument Fellow, they gain an in-depth knowledge of different aspects of a given instrument such as engineering and technological characteristics, operations and data reduction. 

During the fourth year, a Chile fellow may choose to spend the year either at ESO's astronomy centre in Santiago, at ESO Headquarters in Garching or at any astronomy/astrophysics institute in an ESO member state. There are no functional duties during the fourth year, except in the case that the fourth year is spent at ESO Chile, where fellows are expected to carry out functional work for up to 25% of their time. Under certain conditions, the fellow may also be hosted by a Chilean institution where she/he will be eligible to apply for time on all telescopes in Chile through competition for Chilean observing time. Further details can be found here.

Deadline: 15 October 2018