Call for applications: (CR)2 Postdoctoral Fellow (Retrieval algorithm for HSI-DOAS)


The Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR)2, ( is a center of excellence created in 2013 with funding from the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT). (CR)2 is the point of convergence of researchers across disciplines jointly addressing 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.

(CR)2 and the Centre for Optics and Photonics (CEFOP) from the University of Concepción, Chile, have established a partnership for the development of a novel instrumentation based on Hemispherical Scanning Imaging – Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (HSI-DOAS) technique for spatial and temporal characterization of chemical traces relevant to air quality and climate forcing. As part of this project, (CR)2 is looking for Postdoctoral Scientist with interest in developing the inversion system to retrieve the vertical distribution of the trace gases as well as optical properties of aerosols from the measured parameters. The candidate will also be expected to organize and conduct field measurements in Santiago using the instruments aiming at characterizing the composition of the urban atmosphere in Santiago and surroundings.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in Earth Sciences (e.g., Meteorology) or Mathematics and demonstrate its research capacity and team work ability. Previous experience in modelling of the radiative transfer is of advantage. The applicant should additionally have strong analytical skills to work with large and multiple datasets, a proven ability to work in a team, network with a range of scientists, a good knowledge of Linux/Unix and at least one programming language. Experience in python is desirable. Fluency in English is required. If not a Spanish speaker, learning the language while working at (CR)2 is recommended.

The position will be held at the Department of Geophysics, Universidad de Chile, in Santiago, but the successful candidate is expected to closely collaborate with researchers of CEFOP at Concepción. The duration of the position is 12 month.

The starting salary will be approximately 2900 USD per month, i.e., ca. 3 to 4 times the median monthly income in Chile. Interested applicants should send their CV, two letters of recommendation and a letter of motivation, by Thursday 15th July 2018, 23 hours Santiago local time. We expect to communicate the decision by end of July 2018 and the selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible but not later than November 1 2018.

For more information contact Dr. Nicolás Huneeus (