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Applications are now welcome for our PhD program in Astrophysics!

The School of Engineering and Sciences at Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) is pleased to announce the opening of its Ph.D. program in Astrophysics, starting in March 2019.



The program is offered by UDP’s Astronomy Nucleus, which is characterized by active and very productive faculty. The Ph.D. is 4 years long and students are expected to start research activities during their first semester in one of the following research areas:

Planetary systems: extrasolar planets, high-contrast imaging, planet formation, protoplanetary disks, and laboratory astrophysics of cosmic dust.

Stellar and Galactic astronomy: galactic archeology, stellar spectroscopy, stellar evolution, and galactic transients.

Extragalactic astronomy: Active Galactic Nuclei, supernovae, extragalactic transients, submillimeter galaxies, and galaxy evolution.

While at UDP, successful candidates will qualify as members of the Chilean community and will be eligible for the 10% privileged access to all telescopes in Chile, including ALMA, Gemini South, VLT, Magellan, CTIO, SOAR, La Silla, APEX, and ASTE.


Applicants should have an undergraduate and/or master’s degree in Astronomy (or closely related fields), full-time commitment, and a good command of the English language.

Application materials:

a) Motivation letter (in English) indicating your reasons for applying to the Ph.D. program at UDP, research experience (if any), research interests, and career plans and goals. The letter should also indicate preferred starting date (March or August, 2019). Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the faculty members best matching their research interests to learn more about possible research projects.

b) Curriculum Vitae.

c) Copy of undergraduate and/or graduate degrees (if already obtained).

d) Latest academic transcripts available.

e) A minimum of two and a maximum of three letters of recommendation.

All application materials (including letters of recommendation) should be submitted by e-mail to astrophd@mail.udp.cl. Applications received by December 31st, 2018 will receive full consideration. Applicants who submit their applications by this date will be notified of the results during the second week of January 2019.

Financing: UDP will offer scholarships (tuition and stipend) to all selected applicants. The best applicants will be awarded a fellowship funded in part by a grant from the ESO-Government of Chile Joint Committee.
Important dates:

Applications due: December 31st, 2018.

Results announced: Starting the second week of January 2019

Starting dates: March or August 2019.

Additional information can be found here: http://www.astro.udp.cl/~astrophd/Astro_PhD_UDP.pdf

Questions can be directed to astrophd@mail.udp.cl