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There are several different ways to join our group for long or short term periods. While at UDP, researchers will qualify as a member of the Chilean community with 10% privileged access on all telescopes in Chile, including ALMA, ESO/Paranal’s VLT and 4m VISTA, La Silla’s 3.5m NTT and 3.6m and 2.2m telescopes, Gemini-South 8m, Carnegie’s 2.5m and Magellan 2×6.5m, CTIO’s 4m (Blanco), SOAR 4m, as well as ASTE and APEX. By ~2020 Chile will host ~70% of all the major astronomical infrastructures in the world, including the last generation of telescopes (LSST, GMT, E-ELT, and CTA).

Graduate students

We are now accepting applications for our new PhD program in astrophysics!

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.


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



Several national programmes (FONDECYT, ESO-mixto, ALMA-Conicyt, China-Chile, etc) provide funding opportunities for a fixed term post-doc contract. We welcome interested scientists to contact us for further information.

NEW: 2019 China-Conicyt fellowships
These 2-years fellowships, aimed at improving the scientific collaboration between Chile and China, will fund postdocs who are interested in carrying out research in Chile, in collaborations with scientists in China. The recipients of this fellowship will also be awarded 4,500,000 pesos (~6,700 USD) for equipment and travels. Candidates should have obtained their PhD after January 1st 2012.

For further information please contact Claudio Ricci: claudio.ricci[at]mail.udp.cl
Deadline: 31 October 2018.

2019 FONDECYT fellowships
These 3-years fellowships, with a starting date around March 2019, are funded by the Chilean agency CONICYT. The recipients of this fellowship will also be awarded 4,500,000 pesos (~6,700 USD) for equipment and travels. Candidates should have obtained their PhD after January 1st 2015. The Universidad Diego Portales commits to cover any delay in the payment of salaries from FONDECYT.

For further information please contact Claudio Ricci: claudio.ricci[at]mail.udp.cl
Deadline: 17 October 2018

Undergraduate courses

We provide several courses of General Astronomy to all undergraduate students of UDP.  In addition, a special 3-semester programme called “Diploma en Astronomía” is focused to all undergraduate students of UDP who have special interest in a focused learning of general aspects of astronomy.