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Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellow in “Coastal processes, climate change and coastal management”

January 24 - March 20

DURATION: Full time. 18 months, w/possibilities for extension until 36 months (i.e. through competitive Postdoc ANID grants).

DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position as part of the Coastal Social-Ecological Millennium Institute (SECOS) is available. SECOS Institute is formed by a multidisciplinary team of scientists from several Chilean universities, focused on costal sustainability. Main objectives of SECOS are to understand global, regional and local drivers of change; the social-ecological conditions that hinder sustainability; and to test and implement actions that unravel such conditions. Our work plan has been organized through the study of small- and medium-scale social-ecological experimental units, or learning platforms, which tackle key issues in artisanal fisheries, shellfish aquaculture, and coastal development as social-ecological systems (SES). In particular, we look for a postdoctoral fellow to ascribe to the Coastal Development SES. Post-doctoral research could be directed towards one of the following areas: 

  1. Modeling of coastal processes considering river plumes and multiple stressors. 
  2. Modeling of land uses in hydrographic basins according to different scenarios of climatic variability.
  3. Vulnerability, adaptive capacity and resilience of coastal systems (urban and rural territories).
  4. Coastal tourism, ecological economy and coastal development.
  5. Ecological interactions in beach-dune systems.

The successful applicant can be based in any of the SECOS associated institutions in Chile, in Santiago (i.e., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad Santo Tomás, Universidad Andrés Bello), Concepción (Universidad de Concepción) or Coquimbo (Universidad Católica de Norte). Intensive fieldwork will be required.

BACKGROUND: Ph.D., with a strong background in any of the disciplines involved in the four scientific themes previously described: e.g., marine biology, ecology, sociology, oceanography, civil engineering, geography, among others. The postdoc researcher will interact closely with senior scientists from different disciplines but also with the local communities.

DATES: Preferred start date is later in April, 2024.

SALARY: The Postdoctoral fellow will receive a monthly salary of around CLP$1.880.000.- (about US$24.700 annual salary)

 TO APPLY: Applicants should submit, electronically or in hardcopy form:

  • Curriculum Vitae in extenso: LAST NAME, name – CV.
  • Copies of degree certificates: LAST NAME, name – certificate.
  • Cover letter: LAST NAME, name – letter. 
  • A statement of previous research achievements: LAST NAME, name –
  • statement.
  • Copies of relevant articles (maximum 3): LAST NAME, name – articles.
  • A research plan (maximum 3 pages): LAST NAME, name – plan.
  • A list of 2 referees (with contact details): LAST NAME, name – referees

Applications should be sent to: postulaciones@socioecologiacostera.cl

E-mail subject: SECOS Postdoc Application.– CANDIDATE LAST NAME

Deadline: March 20th, 2024.

Applications should be submitted to:

Pablo Fuentes
Executive Director
Coastal Social-Ecological Millennium Institute (SECOS)
P. Universidad Católica de Chile

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January 24
March 20