Postdoc Position in Subsurface Hydrology or Socio-hydrology (Faculty of Forestry Sciences and Nature Conservation (FCFCN))

University of Chile
Santiago, Chile
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The Faculty of Forestry Sciences and Nature Conservation (FCFCN) of the University of Chile invites applications for full time Postdoctoral researcher positions in Hydrogeology or Socio-Hydrology, starting no later than April 30 2019.
Candidates with research interests in the following areas will be considered:
- Subsurface hydrology and groundwater modelling: Preferred research topics include i) new technologies for monitoring groundwater quantity and quality, as well as surface/subsurface interactions, ii) data and process scaling at the site, field and watershed level, iii) groundwater modelling, iv) isotopic flow routing

- Socio-hydrology: Preferred research topics: i) quantitative social science at the interface between water policy and society, for example, in the analysis of water policy instruments and performance, ii) development of modelling tools for decision making under uncertainty, iii) methods to incorporate social processes in hydrological modelling, iv) quantification of the differences between the social perception and the reality in water resources, and its impacts over water resources.


Applicants must have a PhD in environmental/earth science, physical geography or engineering (hydrogeology, hydrology or environmental engineering) with experience in hydrological, groundwater and/or social-hydrological modelling. Experience or a keen interest in applying models to water resources management and conveying modelling results to wide audience of both scientists and practitioners would be advantageous. The candidate must also be fluent in English, especially for writing, and if the applicant does not speak Spanish, he/she must be willing to learn.

Expected goals

The postdoctoral research is required to produce at least one WOS (ISI) paper per year (i.e. at least one paper must be sent during the first year). The candidate will have to submit a postdoctoral proposal to FONDECYT during the first year. The FONDECYT Post-doctoral program for 2019 is expected to be opened around July 2019:

The candidate is also expected to participate in the Faculty activities and must get involved in the research lines detailed above.

Salary and duration

The salary is a monthly payment (with a 10% tax holding) for an amount of $1,800,000 Chilean pesos. Additional benefits can be obtained if the candidate earns the Postdoctoral FONDECYT proposal.
The position has funds for 2 years and it can be extended by earning the FONDECYT Postdoctoral position.

Application Procedure

For the application to be admissible, send a motivation letter (1 page), a research proposal (2-3 pages), a sample of publications or written work, a CV, and two letters of recommendation. The e-mail should have “Postdoc FCFCN” as the subject and be addressed to María Isabel Sarmiento ( ) , Pilar Barría ( ), and Cristián Chadwick ( ). The first selection of candidates will be based on the information sent by the candidate. Candidates could also be interviewed (via Skype or equivalent, if necessary).

Please contact Cristián Chadwick ( ) for additional information

Facultad de Ciencias Forestales y Conservación de la Naturaleza
Cristián Chadwick - (56-2) 229785945 -