Two Faculty positions at the Department of Geophysics

The Department of Geophysics (DGF, at the Faculty for Physical and Mathematical Science, University of Chile has opened two Faculty positions in Earth Science. Earth Science research at the University of Chile has been recently ranked among the World’s 100 best programs in Earth Science, according to QS World Universities Ranking 2012. The Department is tightly linked with the recently granted Center for Climate and Resilience Research (, and the National Center for Seismology (

At DGF we cultivate various disciplines in Atmospheric and Solid Earth Science, and we invite applications for one position in each area. Our atmospheric research focuses on Climate Variability and Climate Change, Synoptic, Mountain and Coastal Meteorology, Boundary Layer Meteorology and Urban Air Pollution as well as Atmospheric Chemistry, Data Assimilation and Aerosol-Cloud Interactions. Under Solid Earth, Geodesy, Crustal Deformation, Geodynamics, Geophysical Prospecting, Marine Geophysics, Seismology, Earthquakes and Tsunamis are investigated.

The successful applicants must hold a PhD. degree in Geosciences and are expected to develop a strong independent research program, apply for competitive external funding grants and teach and supervise students at the undergraduate, Master and Doctoral programs. Spanish proficiency is desirable, but not required at the time of the application. Teaching experience is not a requisite but it will be considered as a plus. Applicants should submit a statement of academic interests regarding research, teaching and outreach activities to be developed over the next years, as well as two letters of recommendation, to Dr. Carlos Palacios, Academic Director at FCFM ( Salary varies according to hierarchy starting at about US$50,000 per year for Assistant Professors, which corresponds roughly to 3 to 4 times the Chilean per capita average income. Specific questions should be addressed to Dr. Laura Gallardo ( and/or Dr. Eduardo Contreras-Reyes (, regarding the Atmospheric and Solid Earth Science positions, respectively.

The selection of candidates will be made upon merit and it follows the rules of public administration in Chile. The process considers three main steps. A first selection is made by Faculty members of the Department. A prioritized list is then submitted to the Evaluation Committee at the Faculty level who together Department representatives, conduct a revision of the applicants CVs and academic proposals, including interviews in situ or via the Internet. Finally, the Faculty committee submits a proposal to the corresponding board at the University level. The whole process will take a few months. The selected candidates are expected to start in their new positions by the second semester of 2013.

Deadline for applications: April 30, 2013.


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