ESO-Chile Post-doctoral position in star and planet formation, Univ. de Chile Santiago



ESO-Chile Post-doctoral position in star and planet formation, Univ. de Chile Santiago


The UMI-FCA and department of astronomy of the Universidad de Chili incites applications for a 2 year research fellowship on star and planet formation. The UMI-FCA is a french-chilean collaboration hosted at the department of astronomy of the Universidad de Chili (see


The selected post-doctoral candidate will work with Dr Catherine Dougados  on multi-wavelength spectro-imaging studies of protostellar jets/outflows. This project is  aimed at providing stringent observational tests to jet launching models in a large variety of sources and will exploit the synergy between ALMA and VLT optical/near-IR spectro-imagers (SINFONI, MUSE, SPHERE). Collaborations are foreseen with D. Mardones  & G. Garay (DAS) specialists of embedded young stellar objects and massive protostars and S. Cabrit (Obs Paris, France) for the comparison to model predictions.


The applicant should have a PhD in astronomy/astrophysics.  We seek candidates with interest in star formation and more specifically protostellar outflows/jets. Ideally, candidates should also have expertise in radio interferometry and/or optical/near-infrared spectroscopy. However broader profiles will
be considered. The applicant will be also encouraged to develop his own research lines in the  context of star and planetary formation. The selected candidate will  benefit from the privileged collaborations with the european and french astronomical communities via the UMI-FCA and from the strong scientific expertise in ALMA observations, protostellar objects and proto-planetary disc physics (see present at DAS. 


This position is funded through an ESO-governement of Chili grant. The position is available as soon as possible with a starting date ideally no later than June 2014.


Fellows will receive a competitive salary as well as a research budget. While holding the position the fellow will be eligible for the 10% host country observing time on all telescopes in Chile, including ALMA. He/she will also have access to all french facilities via the UMI-FCA.


Interested researchers should send a CV (including publication list) and description of research interests (max of 3 pages) to Dr. Catherine Dougados ( Applicants should also request for at least 2 letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the writers.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 21st March 2014Late applications may be considered until the position is filled.