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Call for short term Postdoc or Graduate student internship

We are searching for a short-term (5 months) postdoc or advanced graduate student looking for an internship (duration to be agreed upon), to join our AGN group in Valparaíso, funded by the Anillo on Formation and Growth of Supermassive Black Holes ACT201733.

The postdoc or intern is expected to interact closely with the graduate students in the group and participate actively in one of the following topics:

  • AGN X-ray spectral modelling.
  • Interpretation of ionized gas features related to black hole feedback (either dynamics of the gas or excitation mechanisms).
  • Modelling of the optical emission of AGN (accretion disc and BLR) and their variability, preparation to analyse SDSS-V Black Hole Mapper spectra.
  • Multiwavelength AGN variability including management of large data sets. 

The position is available immediately and can run until June 2021. Given the current travel restrictions and short notice, this call is aimed only at candidates that are already in Chile or can otherwise emit “boletas” from the Chilean revenue system. Being physically in Valparaíso is not required until the university reopens.

Interested parties should send a short CV and a letter of intent stating their preferred topic and their relevant previous experience, in spanish or english, along with the names and contact details of two professional references, to with the subject “Anillo postdoc” on or before September 30, 2020. Preference will be given to postdoc candidates. The call will remain open until December 31, 2020 if the position is not filled earlier.

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Postdoctoral fellowships in physics and astronomy at Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile

The Institute of Physics and Astronomy (IFA) at Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile, is welcoming applications for postdoctoral grants. After an initial evaluation, selected applicants will be sponsored by their preferred faculty member to apply for 3-year FONDECYT postdoctoral positions. These fellowships include a competitive salary and individually managed funding for travel, publications, equipment and health insurance. Additional positions can become available in the near future from other personal or group grants at IFA. 

Due to new restrictions from the funding agency, FONDECYT fellowships are only open to Chilean citizens and Chilean residence visa holders, valid by the application deadline.

Postdocs at IFA will have guaranteed access to exciting new datasets, like the SDSS-V Milky Way, Black Hole and Local Volume Mappers, beginning operations in late 2020. Postdocs can also apply as PI to all professional observatories operating in Chile, including ALMA, ESO, Gemini-S and Magellan telescopes and are encouraged to lead their own projects and/or join ongoing efforts, according to their preference. 

The IFA at Universidad de Valparaíso is located in the seaport City of Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We are committed to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment, which currently hosts 23 faculty members, 10 postdocs and 32 graduate students. 

We are searching for postdoctoral candidates in the fields of stellar, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, computational astrophysics, astronomical instrumentation, astrostatistics, astrometeorology, theoretical physics and cosmology. Details of our research areas and related faculty members can be found here and here.

Applications for FONDECYT fellowship sponsorship will be accepted until September 10, 2020, but earlier applications are strongly encouraged. 

FONDECYT fellowships only accept applications from recent PhD recipients (graduated between January 2017 and the closing date of application, anticipated to be October 2020). This period is extended backward by one year per child, for women who had children after January 2017. Other funding options do not carry these restrictions. FONDECYT fellowships are anticipated to start in April 2021.  
If you would like to be contacted by our faculty members to apply for sponsorship, or to other postdoctoral positions, please fill this form.