Research Associate in Climate Change and Variability

University of Chile - Center for Climate Change and Resilience Research (CR2)/Department of Geophysics

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’s sponsoring institution is University of Chile, and Universidad de Concepción, and Universidad Austral de Chile are associated institutions. In October 2017 and after an external review processes, CONICYT has renewed the CR2 funding for the next 5 years. In this second stage, CR2 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 next five years.

We hereby invite applications for a 5 year research associate position in climate change and variability beginning in early 2018. We expect the successful candidate to work with us full-time, subject to a yearly review of his/her performance. The position 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 CR2 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 CR2 priorities for the next five 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 CR2 is recommended.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in Earth Sciences (e.g. Meteorology) and demonstrate its research capacity, leadership, and team work ability. 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 five years within CR2. 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.

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