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Two assistant professor positions available at INCT UDA

The Instituto de Astronomía y Ciencias Planetarias (INCT) at Universidad de Atacama (UDA) in Copiapó, Chile, invites applications for two assistant professor positions from enthusiastic candidates, currently working in the fields of Planetary Sciences, including Exoplanets. Successful candidates should be able to effectively teach graduate-level courses in English and also serve as PhD advisors for our enrolled students. Applicants should have a PhD in Astronomy, Planetary Science or closely related areas and a minimum of 10 publications (in Q1 or Q2 in WOS related Astronomy & Astrophysics JCR category) between years 2015-2019. Successful applicants will have the chance to apply for the 10% of time guaranteed to Chilean institutions on all international observatories based in the country (ESO/Paranal, ALMA, APEX, CTA-South, Las Campanas, ESO/La Silla, LSST, CTIO, Gemini, etc.) UDA is local state university with +12,000 students and a long tradition going back to the historical Copiapo Mining School founded in 1857. Nowadays our university keeps a strong relationship with the regional industries and businesses, by educating and graduating highly qualified professionals in geology, engineering, technology, education and medicine. In recent years UDA has steadily grown its research capabilities, infrastructure and personnel, as part of a strategic development plan that intends to transform UDA into a highly recognised institution, able to generate new knowledge and provide relevant answers to the most pressing challenges our society and humanity are facing. From clean energies on the ground to clean skies above, UDA as a whole is striving to reach higher levels.

In line with this vision, the INCT was founded in 2017, as the first research institute in northern Chile offering a PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences, taking advantage of the superb clean skies and the other-worldly environmental conditions of the nearby Atacama desert. In the context of this natural laboratory, INCT and UDA plan to steadily strengthen their research lines by hiring highly qualified researchers in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences, and this job post fits within that general plan.

The city of Copiapó where UDA has its main campus and where INCT is located, is an oasis in the middle of the Atacama desert, and a growing city with a +150,000 population. Capital of the Atacama region, Copiapó has an intense economic activity not only in the mining sector and support services, but also on agriculture, light and medium industry, green energy, commerce and tourism. It has a good network of education, health, telecommunication, banking, real state, food, retailers and general services. The INCT offers a competitive salary plus productivity incentives. Complete applications must include in a single PDF file: a CV with a list of publications, cover letter (1 page), a research statement (max 2 pages), a teaching experience description (max 1 page) and future research plans (max 3 pages) and the names and contact details of three (3) references aware for the candidate´s work experience. All documents should be sent by e-mail to by deadline June 1st 2020. Positions will stay open until filled. Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Lorenzo Morelli at

The University of Atacama is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, gender identity or any other non-job related criteria. The University of Atacama recognises the importance of a multicultural community of students, faculty, and staff who seek to advance our commitment to diversity. The University invites applications from underrepresented groups and those who have academic experiences with diverse populations.


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