December 13, 2023

3rd POSTDOCTORAL GRANT COMPETITION. Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) – 2024


The Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) is a private non-profit corporation dedicated, for the past 16 years, to the study of ecological processes and biodiversity science. Since November 2021, a new phase of the IEB Basal Center (ANID PIA/BASAL FB210006) is ongoing. The Core Research Team of the IEB Basal Center is formed by a group of internationally recognized experts currently conducting frontier research on critical issues for the sustainability of Chile’s nature-based economy.

The Principal Investigators belong to eight universities with broad regional representation: Universidad de Concepción, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile, Universidad Austral de Chile, Universidad de La Serena, Universidad de Los Lagos, Universidad Santo Tomás and Universidad de Talca. The proposal also includes 21 Research Associates.

The IEB Center contemplates four central and innovative Research Programs (RP) and four Integrating Programs (INP) that will strengthen the IEB’s connection with society based on successful previous experiences. The four core Research Programs (RP) are: (1) Biodiversity status and trends, (2) Ecosystem integrity and nature’s contributions to people (NCP), (3) Agents of change and threats to biodiversity and (4) Conservation and human well-being. The four Integrating Programs (INP) are: (1) BIODATA biodiversity databases and collections, (2) Long Term Socioecological Research Network (LTSER), (3) Biodiversity Conservation in Agroecosystems (BCA) and (4) Biological Invasions Laboratory (LIB).



The purpose of the IEB Basal Center postdoctoral grant is to financially support researchers who develop their research within the PR with the Principal Investigators of the IEB Basal Center. In this 2024 competition, five (5) maintenance grants for postdoctoral researchers will be awarded. The funds come from a donation from the Anglo American Foundation committed as a private counterpart of the ANID PIA/BASAL FB210006 project.



The duration of the grant will be annual, and after a performance evaluation can be renewable up to a maximum of two (2) years, starting on the date of joining the IEB Center. The extension of maintenance benefits is not contemplated.



PhD degree, with a solid background in any of the disciplines involved in the scientific topics described in the research and integrative programs (above p.1) and with particular focus on one of the four postdoc projects (see also below section 11). The postdoctoral researcher should interact with the principal investigators of different research programs. This interaction should be reflected in peer-reviewed papers or manuscripts, conference presentations, and co-organization of scientific events.



Researchers who obtain the ANID grant cannot simultaneously hold the IEB Basal Center grant. If a researcher is awarded both grants (ANID and IEB), he/she must renounce the IEB Basal Center grant.



The postdoctoral grant from the IEB Basal Center includes an annual maintenance allowance of $CLP 1,884,000 per month (all taxes included). This allowance will be accrued in equivalent monthly installments, without annual readjustments, and is renewable annually.

In the case of pregnancy, the researcher may make use of an extension of the pre and post natal maintenance allowance for up to a maximum of six months in total, for which she must inform the IEB Basal Center by presenting a certificate of pregnancy issued by the treating physician or midwife. The months used for this reason will not be considered for the computation of the original period of the subsidy. This benefit may only be requested in the event that the beneficiary is pregnant during the term of the subsidy. This benefit will be extendable to parent beneficiaries who take postnatal period. In both cases, documentation will be required to prove this fact.



To write at least two scientific publications annually, at least one paper as main author and one as co-author, in journals indexed in WoS or Scopus (Q1 or Q2), in association with the team of researchers of the Basal Center.

To lead and organize scientific meetings of national and/or international scope.

To participate in scientific congresses, workshop and/or seminars where the main results of their work at the Basal Center are presented.



The competition will open on December 13, 2023 and close on January 19, 2024. To apply, the following documents must be submitted (*):

a) A letter of application identifying the selected postdoc project (see P. 11 below) and a justification for why the researcher would be a good candidate for this project.

b) Complete CV in PDF format.

c) Doctor of Science (PhD) degree certificate.

d) Two letters of support from principal investigators (maximum 1 page each).

e) ORCID and Google Scholar updated.

This documentation must be sent within the deadline indicated above by e-mail to the following addresses:



Postdoctoral applications will be evaluated by a committee made up entirely of lead researchers from the IEB Basal Center, including one representative per PR plus the Director of the project. The IEB reserves the right to declare the competition void.

For the evaluation of the applications, the following will be considered:

  1. Overall curricular background.
  2. Scientific productivity.
  3. Adequate matching between the applicant and IEB research.



RP1 – INP1 postdoc: Hacking the biodiversity: Use of herbarium specimens for the obtention of molecular barcodes.

Lead researchers: Pablo C. Guerrero, Eugenia Gayó, Claudio Latorre, Patricio Pliscoff




Location: Universidad de Concepción (Campus Concepción) or Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Campus Casa Central, Santiago).


RP2 – INP2 postdoc: Ecosystem research in the Long-Term Ecological Research Program of Estación Biológica Senda Darwin, Chiloé Island, Chile.

Lead researchers: Álvaro G. Gutiérrez, Aurora Gaxiola.



Location: Department of Environmental Sciences and Natural Renewal Resources, Universidad de Chile, and Department of Ecology, P. Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago.


RP3 Postdoc: Understanding the physiological mechanisms underlying climate change vulnerability in Mediterranean plant species of Chile.

Lead researchers: Frida Piper, Susana Paula, Lohengrin Cavieres.




Location: Universidad de Talca (campus Lircay), Universidad de Concepción (campus Concepción), Universidad Austral de Chile (campus Isla Teja)


RP4 Postdoc: Conservation Spatial Planning for Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being.

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to lead our biodiversity conservation spatial planning efforts and its contributions to human well-being, leveraging the capabilities of the IEB Basal Center for a two-year position. The ideal candidate will have experience in interdisciplinary work applying quantitative and qualitative approaches to prioritize conservation areas and actions that involve multiple ecosystems (aquatic, terrestrial, marine) and stakeholders in Chile. Experience in expert-based qualitative approaches will be valued, integrating scientific knowledge with citizen and local knowledge.

Lead researchers: María José Martínez, Aníbal Pauchard, Cecilia Smith, Olga Barbosa, Francisco Squeo.



This position offers a unique opportunity to join a Research Center of Excellence such as the Institute in Ecology and Biodiversity to contribute to the field of conservation planning, ensuring that decisions align with scientific rigor and community expertise.

Location: Universidad Santo Tomás (Sede Ejercito, Santiago Centro), Universidad de Talca (campus Lircay).