Postdoctoral Research in Galactic Archaeology

The Astronomy Group in the Astronomy department at Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN) in Antofagasta, Chile is offering a two-year postdoctoral position in the field of Galactic Archaeology funded by an ESO-Comité Mixto project led by Dr. José G. Fernández-Trincado. The position will be focused on the scientific exploitation of SDSS-V, Gemini/IGRINS spectra, High-resolution (R~40,000) Optical data, and Gaia. Areas of research interest include multiple stellar populations in stellar clusters, numerical simulations of Galactic orbits, and stellar fossils from the Milky Way’s past. Applicants with experience in optical and NIR photometry and spectroscopy will be preferred.

While at UCN, the successful candidate will qualify as member of the Chilean community and will be eligible for the 10% privileged access to all telescopes in Chile, including Gemini South, VLT, La Silla, Magellan, CTIO, SOAR, APEX, ALMA, etc, and therefore independent research will be strongly encouraged. In-house HPC facilities as well as national HPC resources will be available to the successful candidate. The position includes a competitive salary, a generous travel budget as well as for computing resources. The starting date of the position is negotiable but March 2022 is preferred.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail in pdf format with attention to José G. Fernández-Trincado ( To apply, please send a short research statement (max. 2 pages, including experience, motivation for this position and future career plans) and a CV (including list of publications and name of 2 potential references).

Applications received by December 15th, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applicants without Chilean citizenship or residence will need to apply for a work visa with their Chilean consulate after accepting the job offer.