Faculty Position(s) at the Institute of Astrophysics (IA), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Institute of Astrophysics
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Institute of Astrophysics (IA) at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) invites applications to fill at least one faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level, depending on qualifications, beginning as early as possible and no later than March 2024. The requirements are a Ph.D. degree in astronomy/astrophysics or related fields, as well as a demonstrated ability and commitment to excellence in independent research and teaching. The search is open to all areas of astrophysics research and instrumentation, including interdisciplinary research.

The successful candidate(s) are expected to join the research and teaching activities at the Institute of Astrophysics and interact closely with students. The Institute hosts an active and dynamic international community comprised of 16 faculty, ~60 graduate students, and 20+ postdocs, carrying out research in cosmology, extragalactic and Galactic astronomy, stellar astrophysics, astrochemistry, planetary sciences, astronomical instrumentation, high-energy astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics, and numerical simulations. Applicants working in all areas of astrophysics are welcome to apply. The Institute has a vibrant scientific life, including a strong visitor program, weekly seminars, and colloquia, and daily astro-ph discussions. This cultivates a rich academic and social experience and allows for plenty of opportunities for networking and collaboration at many levels.

As a member of the faculty, the successful applicant(s) will have access to the Chilean 10% of the telescope time in all the international observatories in Chile, including VLT, Gemini, Magellan, CTIO, SOAR, APEX, and ALMA, and future observatories such as Rubin Observatory, CTA, ELT, and GMT. In addition, the Institute hosts several high-performance computers for numerical simulations and high-volume data reduction. Teaching duties are mainly focused on astrophysics, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The candidates ideally should be able to teach in Spanish within approximately a year, although this is not a stringent requisite.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and short statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, as well as the names of three referees who we may contact for reference letters using this form by May 31st, 2023. Late applications may be considered until the position(s) is(are) filled. Further information can be obtained here or directly from Prof. Felipe Barrientos.

The Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile is committed to equal opportunity and diversity in its workforce, including but not limited to religious freedom, and all qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. The University is actively engaged in promoting gender equality in all selection processes.

If the selected candidate(s) lack residence status in Chile, they will need to process their visa in their country of origin to be incorporated into the academic staff of the University.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Apr 25
Application Deadline
2023 May 31


Prof. Felipe Barrientos