Call for Postdoctoral fellow in Earth Sciences


    The Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR2, 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 Research and Innovation Action project called “Air Quality: Worldwide Analysis and Forecasting of Atmospheric Composition for Health” (AQ-WATCH) seeking to develop a supply chain leading to the generation of seven downstream products and services that are innovative for improving air quality forecasts and attribution. A total of 12 institutions from six European countries, Israel, the USA and China 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 a dust forecasting system based on the chemical transport model CHIMERE. The candidate will have to work with high-resolution products of Copernicus Land services for the dust emission scheme and with prime users to tailor the solar energy related products from the dust forecast. For the latter, the candidate will have to seek collaborations with interested users in the private and governmental sector.

    The successful candidate should have a PhD in Earth Sciences (e.g., Meteorology), or be shortly before acquiring one, and demonstrate its research capacity and teamwork ability.

    Assessment criteria:

    The applicant should have a PhD Degree in Earth Sciences (e.g., Meteorology) or be shortly before acquiring one, and demonstrate its research capacity and teamwork ability. Previous experience in the atmospheric dispersion of mineral dust in the Atacama Desert is of advantage.

    Other relevant skills:

    The applicant should additionally have strong analytical skills to work with large and multiple datasets, a proven ability to work in a team, 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.

    Terms of employment:

    The position will be held at the Department of Geophysics, Universidad de Chile, in Santiago. The starting salary will be approximately 2200 USD per month, i.e., ca. 4 to 5 times the median monthly income in Chile. Interested applicants should send their CV, two letters of recommendation and a letter of motivation, by June 4th 2020, 23 hours Santiago local time

    For more information contact Dr. Nicolas Huneeus (

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