CERRADO | Call for applications: (CR)2 Associate Fellow (Atmospheric chemistry modeling)


The Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR)2 http://www.cr2.cl/ is a center of excellence created in 2013 with funding from the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT). (CR)2’s sponsoring institution is University of Chile, and Universidad de Concepción and Universidad Austral de Chile are associated institutions. (CR)2 is the point of convergence of researchers across disciplines who jointly address the understanding of the Earth System in a changing climate and contribute to the evaluation and design of mitigation and adaptation measures in order to strengthen climate resilience in Chile. During its first period, (CR)2 researchers were prolific in disciplinary research as well as in interdisciplinary collaboration with high scientific impact and relevant outcomes for policy making.

In October 2017 and after and external review processes, CONICYT has renewed the (CR)2 funding for the next five years. In this second stage, (CR)2 will be organized around interdisciplinary questions concerning water shortage and extremes, changes in land use, coastal zones, cities, and a new area focused on climate governance and the interface between science and policy. How climate change impacts on rural (forest) fires, urban air pollution, harmful algal blooms and major storms in arid regions, and how society modulates and copes with these disturbances, will be grand questions to be inter and transdisciplinary tackled in the coming years.

We hereby invite applications for a 4 year research associate position in atmospheric chemistry modeling, addressing climate-chemistry interactions and impacts, beginning in 2019. We expect the successful candidate to work with us full time, subject to a yearly review of his/her performance. The positions will be held at the Department of Geophysics, Universidad de Chile, in Santiago, but we expect the successful candidate to visit the partner institutions on a regular basis, taking advantage of the large diversity of expertise within the (CR)2 as well as the center’s distributed resources.

The research associate will engage with existing projects and initiatives but it is expected that he/she will formulate and rapidly implement his/her own research plan within the framework of (CR)2 priorities for the next few years (see above). We also expect a proactive cooperation with the center’s efforts on in/outreach, science communication, education and development of national and international scientific partnerships. Teaching (in Spanish) is not mandatory but desirable with a dedication of up to half a day per week. Fluency in English is required. If not a Spanish speaker, learning the language while working at (CR)2 is recommended.


The successful candidate should have a PhD in Earth Sciences (e.g., Atmospheric Science) and demonstrate his/her research capacity, leadership, and team work ability in an interdisciplinary environment. As noted before, candidates must submit a research proposal (up to 10 pages with background, objectives, expected results, and work plan) to develop in the next four years within (CR)2. Candidates are expected to apply for complimentary funding via CONICYT or other sources in Chile and elsewhere. The starting salary will be between 3000 to 4000 USD per month depending on qualifications and experience, i.e., ca. 6 to 7 times the median monthly income in Chile.

Applications CLOSED on October 15th 2018, 23 hours Santiago, Chile local time.