Convocatoria a investigadores posdoctorales – SERC-Chile 2015 (Energí­a)

serc-chileEstá abierta la convocatoria a dos becas posdoctorales en el SERC-Chile – Center of Excellence in Solar Energy Research. Cierre: 16 de junio.
SERC-Chile is a Center of Excellence in Solar Energy Research created in 2012 by a consortium
of six Chilean Universities: Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Tarapacá, Universidad de
Antofagasta, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Marí­a, Universidad Adolfo Iba°ez,
Universidad de Concepción and Fundación Chile, and funded by the Chilean Government.
The Center aims to be a world leader in research on solar energy technology and its
applications, with a particular emphasis on developing the potential of the Atacama Desert,
one of the world’s prime locations for the study and application of solar power. Our goal is to
build a solid base of scientific knowledge related to this energy source. By exploiting the
exceptional solar conditions, we carry out scientific research into the technical and economic
challenges of solar energy that will have global as well as local impact (more details on

SERC Chile is now accepting two postdoctoral researchers for the following Research Lines:
1) Solar Energy in Industry/Mining. Will conduct research to enable a cost-effective increase
of solar thermal and photovoltaic energy penetration into industrial processes, with
particular focus into mining, chemical and agricultural sectors. The full time research
position is to be based at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Marí­a, in Valparaí­so city
under the guidelines of Prof. PhD Samir Kouro.
2) Electric Power Systems with High Penetration of Solar Energy. Will cover issues of
supply, quality, power interfaces, and network operation and expansion planning
methods for electric system with high solar energy penetration. Responsible for this
research line is Professor PhD Luis Morán from Universidad de Concepción. The full time
research position can be based at any university of the consortium.
3) Solar Energy Coordination Systems for Urban and Rural Communities. Will research
possibilities for cost-effective exploitation of existing solar power potential and propose
models for the active participation of local communities. The full time research position is
to be based at the Universidad de Chile, in Santiago city under the guidelines of Prof. PhD
Rodrigo Palma-Behnke.
4) Solar Energy Storage. Will investigate storage of solar energy through sensible or latent
heat storage using salts and other compounds, generation of hydrogen, and optimization
of storage systems. The full time research position is to be based at the Universidad de
Antofagasta, in Antofagasta city under the guidelines of Prof. PhD Hector Galleguillos.
5) Solar Water Treatment. Will research methods of decontamination and disinfection of
natural water, treatment of industrial wastewater and solar desalination of sea and
brackish water. Will also work on deepening the characterization of solar radiation in the
Atacama Desert. The full time research position is to be based at the Universidad de
Tarapacá, in Arica city under the guidelines of Prof. PhD Lorena Cornejo.
6) Economic/Social/Regulatory Issues for Solar Development. Will address barriers to solar
technologies and the challenges raised by the other research lines. Priority will be given to
applicants holding a Ph.D. in Economics with expertise in Energy Economics and/or
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. The full time research position is to be
based at the Universidad Adolfo Iba°ez, in Santiago city under the guidelines of Prof. PhD
Claudio Agostini.

Both postdoctoral positions offered are best suited for graduated PhDs interested in any of the
already mentioned research lines and willing to live and work in Chile. Furthermore, the
positions will entail collaborative work among SERC ́s research lines and other centers, and the
production of visible and high quality scientific results.

SERC-Chile offers a competitive salary, depending on the experience and productivity record of
the applicants. Applicants selected from foreign countries will get a stipend to cover moving
costs and should be able to start working by late September 2015.


Please submit your application to e-mail: cc:
The application should include a short motivation letter, curriculum vitae, three references, a
list of refereed publications and a one-page generic plan combining the applicant’s
postdoctoral experience with proposed experimental efforts related to the topics mentioned

The deadline for applications is June 16th 2015.

For further information please contact the Director for SERC Chile, Prof. PhD. Rodrigo Palma e-
mail: or Catalina Terra e-mail:

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