Call for applications: (CR)2 postdoctoral fellow

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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). CR2 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.

CR2 is involved in a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange project called “Prediction of Air Pollution in Latin America” (PAPILA) seeking to establish an international network of partners to develop and implement an analysis and forecast system for AQ in Latin America. A total of 18 institutions from six European and eight Latina American countries participate in this project.

As part of this project, CR2 is looking for Postdoctoral Scientist with interest in inter-disciplinary work. The selected candidate will work on the development and adaptation of tools estimating the (i) health impacts of air pollution and their monetization, and (ii) the impact of ozone pollution on crop yields. Such tools have been designed for a European context and the selected candidate will need to develop them for a Chilean and South American context. He/She will identify relevant monetary indicators for the monetisation of impacts on crops and monetary values for relevant health endpoints to be used in Chile and South America and collect health and land cover and plant phenology data for agricultural crops of interest. Furthermore, the candidate will adapt the ecosystem impact tool to the context of Chile and South America and identify the crops the most damaged in the region by ozone pollution

The successful candidate should have a PhD in Earth Sciences (e.g., Meteorology) and demonstrate its research capacity and team work ability. Previous experience in modelling the dispersion of atmospheric pollutants and their impact 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 CR2 is recommended.

The position will be held at the Department of Geophysics, Universidad de Chile, in Santiago, but the successful candidate is expected to spend half the time at the Institut National de l’Environnement et des Risques (INERIS) in France. INERIS will accompany the successful candidate in this work throughout the duration of the position.

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 March 31th 2017, 23 hours Santiago local time. We expect to communicate the decision by end of April 2018 and the selected candidate is expected to start July 1 2018.

For more information contact Dr. Nicolas Huneeus (nhuneeus@dgf.uchile.cl)