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.

 

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