The Universidad Central de Chile –in compliance with its duty to generate and communicate high-level knowledge, science, and innovation– proposes a long-term plan to strengthen its research capacities through a project to hire academics with high performance in R&D and innovation.
We call researchers who wish to join the University project, and who can be integrated particularly in the academic units with the objective to promote research, development and innovation, the design of graduate programs and the creation of multi- and interdisciplinary research.

Universidad Central de Chile is launching a call for researchers, in one of the following areas:

1.Consumption, exchange and culture
. This area addresses the social, political and moral foundations of the economy. It is conceptualized as an interdisciplinary way from economic sociology, microeconomics, political economy and economic anthropology. The area includes -but is not limited to- the study of i) household consumption, savings and indebtedness decisions and practices; ii) exchange, reciprocity and calculation networks that emerge between local and transnational communities; iii) public policies for sustainable development; iv) production, exchange, circulation and consumption organizations, which are alternatives to capitalism; and v) financing processes in contemporary economy and society.


The following profiles are sought for these topics:

  • A researcher with training in economics, political economy, sociology, political science, anthropology, social work or related, with experience in one of the following fields: microeconomics; consumption studies; social stratification; inequality; sociology of markets.
  • A researcher with a background in economics, political economy, sociology, political science, anthropology, social work or related fields, with experience in one of the following: historical institutionalism; comparative historical analysis; development models; varieties of capitalism; sustainable development; circular economy; food security; informal economy.

    2.Mobility, territory and identities. This area analyzes changes in the territory, environment and their impact on the emergence of new identities. The interdisciplinary work brings together academics from the areas of social sciences, education, humanities, architecture and geography; focusing, among others, on the study of the following dimensions i) territory, mobility, urban/rural planning and cultural landscape, ii) socio-spatial configuration of the territory and emergence of new ways of living, iii) construction of identities, human and cultural geography, emergence of inequalities and psycho-socio-territorial vulnerabilities, and iv) the role and impact of care in the new ways of living (old age, childhood, gender, migrants, disability).

The following profiles are sought for these topics:


  • A researcher with a background in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Social Sciences, Education Sciences or Humanities with experience in one of the following fields: territorial studies; urban-rural policies and planning; mobility and migrations; cultural landscape studies; ways of living (subjects’ experience, rationality, social and cultural interaction, etc.).
  • A researcher with a background in Social Sciences, Education Sciences, Humanities, or related fields with experience in one of the following fields: construction of identities; human and cultural geography; native people; psycho-socio-territorial inequalities and vulnerabilities; care perspective (feminist theory, old age, disability, childhood, diversity, etc.).

    3.Childhood, diversity and human development: This area addresses childhood from a comprehensive perspective, analyzing the factors that impact the life trajectories and development cycles of girls and boys. In particular, the area focuses its interest on the following topics: i) Inclusion, diversity and social justice, addressing the development trajectories and ecosystems of girls and boys inserted in sociocultural contexts that require a psycho-legal and social justice perspective, ii ) Childhood in contexts of vulnerability, analyzing the conditions in which girls and boys with psychosocial suffering co-exist. Focus on contexts of poverty, migration, disability, abuse, violence and/or family dysfunction and iii) Life cycle, development and learning, investigating the reciprocal influence exerted by the dimensions of development and learning in the course of the life cycle of childhood. It also reviews the requirements for early care and intervention from the perspective of prevention and promotion of rights, and in the opportunities for achieving situated and transformative learning results.

 The following profiles are sought for this area:

  • Researcher with training in Educational Sciences and experience in one of the following fields: diversity, inclusion and/or social justice; human development and learning; and/or in areas that link education and psychology.
  • Researcher with training in Psychology and experience in any of the following topics: psychology, quality of life and subjective well-being; human development and/or legal psychology.

    4.Astronomy. This area seeks to generate high-quality research within the state of the art on the topics of Stellar Astrophysics, Galactic Astrophysics, Extragalactic Astrophysics, Astronomical Instrumentation and Extrasolar Planets.

The following profiles are sought for this área:

  • Professional title of Bachelor of Astronomy, Physics, or Sciences
  • PhD in Astrophysics
  • The ability to manage and analyze large databases is desirable.
  • Desirable the design of own algorithms to optimize calculations and analysis in the Graphic Power Units of GUINA (FONDEQUIP UCEN Project).


  • PhD degree in the following areas: Social Sciences, Economics, Educational Sciences, Political Science, Architecture and Urban Planning, Engineering, Astrophysics, Geography, Humanities, Psychology or related.
  • To have demonstrable academic productivity (at least 5 articles in the last 5 years), and at least one project as principal researcher in the last 5 years.
  • In the case of foreign applicants, they must be in a migratory situation that allows them to carry out remunerated activities in Chile at the time of assuming the position.
  • Proficiency in Spanish and a second language (English preferred).
  • 3 years of experience in Higher Education
    • Undergraduate and graduate teaching.
    • Graduate program thesis guide (desirable).
    • Desirable participation in the design of graduate programs.
  • It will be valued that the applicant has experience developing interdisciplinary research in topics associated with the area of research that he/she is applying for.
  • Experience in qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods would be an asset.
  • The candidate must live in the Chilean Metropolitan Region or Coquimbo Region, or he/she must be willing to move to these areas.
  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Universidad Central de Chile is a non-profit corporation, with 39 years of experience.  Researchers interested in joining us can develop a challenging academic career and contribute to the growth of our institution. Our institution is based on solid ethical principles and follows the guidelines of the national science and technology system.

Activities to develop

  • Conduct scientific research in the line of research to which he/she applies;
  • Lead research projects and publish their results in specialized and for dissemination journals;
  • Apply to competitive projects with public and/or private funding from sources external to the Universidad Central de Chile;
  • University teaching, especially in the área of research to which he/she is applying.

The academic must have:

  • Adherence to ethical guidelines and good research practices and institutional values.
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

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