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Postdoctoral research position

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position to work with Professor Rolando Dünner in the field of Cosmic Microwave Background experimental cosmology, at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). The cosmology group is involved in some of the most important international projects grounded in the Atacama Desert in Chile, including ACT, Simons Array and CLASS, and will be deeply involved in the announced Simons Observatory in the era of CMB-S4. The successful applicant will become a member of the Astro-Engineering Center at PUC (AIUC) and will be expected to contribute to the different instrumental and data analysis projects being carried out by the group, in collaboration with the CMB experiments mentioned before.

It is desirable for the candidate to have experience in mm-wave experimental physics, such as microwave sources and detectors, cryogenics, mechanical devices, 3D modeling software, optical simulations and characterization, computer programing or data analysis. The activities include operations on field at the telescopes site in Atacama.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics or have submitted their PhD thesis by the time they take up the post. Suitable candidates should be able to demonstrate research ability at an international level, with a good track record of publications, and team work capabilities.

The postdoc will have access to all the infrastructure of the AIUC, including laboratory space at the new “Innovation Center Anacleto Angelini”, a computer cluster with more than 1000 CPUs and 3000 GPUs, and be part of an international scientific community of 16 professors and more that 30 postdocs. The accepted candidate will also have access to 10% of the observing time in all other telescopes installed in Chile, including ALMA, GEMINI, Magellan, VLT, and many others.

Starting in 2016, the initial appointment will be for 2 years. It offers competitive salary, plus travel funds.

To apply, please send a curriculum vitae including statements on education and research experience to Rolando Dünner <rdunner@astro.puc.cl> by July 31, 2016. Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address.

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope Collaboration (ACT) invites applications for the position of Telescope Maintenance and Operation Support Engineer

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) is a collaboration between Princeton University, Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, NASA/GSFC, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of British Columbia, NIST, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Cardiff University, Rutgers University, the University of Pittsburgh, Columbia University, Haverford College, INAOE, LLNL, NASA/JPL, the University of Toronto, the University of Cape Town, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and York College, CUNY.

ACT is looking for an Engineer for maintenance and operation support for the ACT Telescope located at Cerro Toco, close to San Pedro de Atacama.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The candidate will be responsible for the daily check of the ACT telescope and its subsystems to support the observational campaign.

The operations at site include the telescope control, maintenance of the subsystems, the cicle of the power generators, compressors, electronics, cryogenics operations with cryo cooler systems, mechanical and optical test and calibrations. Computing in Linux base environment.

Professional Requirements/Qualifications:

Technical or scientific profile, with a good knowledge in mechanichal and electronic devices.

Having previous experience in the area of experimental physics and astronomy is welcomed, but not mandatory.

The candidate should meet the following qualifications:

Electronic Engineering, Physics or equivalent expertise.

A minimum of 1 year experience with maintenance of equipment and instrumentation.

Demonstrated experience using Linux base environment.

Familiarity with systems engineering maintenance and operation processes applied to large engineering projects.

Strong knowledge of application software, including spreadsheets, word processing, planning programs and use of web facilities;

Excellent interpersonal skills, high ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural environment.

Good level of written and spoken English.

Ability to work at a remote location such as an astronomical telescope site.

Physical health compatible with high altitude conditions (telescope site is located at 5200 above sea level)

Due to travel requirements and work at high altitudes, a successful high altitude medical check is a necessary condition of employment for this position.

Duty Station / Location of Position:

The position is based in Radiosky facilities near San Pedro de Atacama at 2500m.

The position required a telescope site visit every day (normally shift work is 6-1, depending on operation schedule)

Starting Date:

As soon as possible.


An initial contract is intended for a period of 1 year with the possibility of an extension.

Accomodation and food is included.

Actual contractual terms will be defined by Radiosky Society.

Deadline for receipt of applications to be considered for the position is May 31st 2016.

Please send your CV to Prof. Rolando Dunner (rdunner@astro.puc.cl).

For further information related to the job position please email Prof. Rolando Dunner (rdunner@astro.puc.cl). Additional information about the ACT Project, please visit the ACT Collaboration website (http://act.princeton.edu/)