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Ph.D. positions at UDP 2022 (accepting applications)

The Ph.D. program in Astrophysics at Universidad Diego Portales is pleased to announce the start of the application process for the academic year 2022 (https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/155e4622). The program is offered by UDP’s Astronomy Nucleus, which is characterised by active faculty and an international student body (currently 13 students from 7 different countries). The Ph.D. program 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 transients, galactic archeology, stellar spectroscopy, stellar evolution, black holes, and gravitational theory. 
Extragalactic astronomy: Active Galactic Nuclei, supernovae, extragalactic transients, submillimeter galaxies,  galaxy evolution,  dwarf galaxies, and extragalactic stellar populations. 

Applicants should have an undergraduate and/or master’s degree in Astronomy (or closely related fields), full-time commitment, and should be fluent in English, which is the official language of the program.
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 the preferred starting date (March or August 2022). 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) or letter from University official indicating expected graduation date (if the degree has not been obtained). Accepted applicants will be required to present original or legalized copies of the degrees before registration.

d)  Copy of latest academic transcripts available. Accepted applicants will be required to present original or legalized copies of these transcripts before registration.

e)   A minimum of two and a maximum of three letters of recommendation sent directly to [email protected]

All application materials (including letters of recommendation) should be submitted by e-mail to [email protected]. Applications received by September 10, 2021 will receive full consideration.  Applicants who submit their applications by this date will be notified of the results around the last week of October 2021.

Financing: Scholarships (including tuition and stipend) are available from a number of different sources. 

Important dates:

– Applications due:  September 10, 2021.

– Results announced: Around the last week of October 2021. 

– Starting dates:  March or August 2022.

Additional information can be found here:


Questions can be directed to [email protected]