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Ph.D. Program

The unique characteristics of the Atacama Region in Chile represent an excellent opportunity, from the astronomical and geological perspective, towards the study of planetary sciences.
The driest (non polar) desert in the world combined with its clear skies and high altitudes have contributed to the greatest concentration of astronomical infrastructure in the world. 


The PhD program in astronomy and planetary science at UDA aims to deliver a doctoral training of excellence that enables its graduates to perform original and independent research.


  • Manuel Abad, PhD Universidad de Huelva, España.
  • Mauro Barbieri, PhD Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Italy.
  • José Antonio Belinchón, PhD Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
  • Enrique Bernardez, PhD Universidad de Oviedo, España.
  • Sergio Flores, PhD Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.
  • Giovanni Leone, PhD Lancaster University/ PhD Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH
  • Lauri Haikala, PhD Ruprecht-Karls Universitat, Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Valery Kravtsov, PhD Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Rusia.
  • Dino Mesa, PhD Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Italy.
  • Lorenzo Morelli, PhD Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Italy.
  • Mario Soto, PhD Leiden Observatory, Leiden Universiteit, The Netherlands.

Available Research Topics

  • Extrasolar planets
  • Solar System
  • Star Formation
  • Stellar Evolution
  • Milky Way Structure
  • Stellar Clusters
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution
  • Theoretical Cosmology

Profile of Graduates

The PhD graduates will be capable of conducting original and independent scientific research, contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the field of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences. They will have a deep understanding of the fundamental concepts and physical processes which regulate the formation and evolution of different objects, from planets and stars to galaxies, galaxy clusters and large-scale structures. Furthermore, the PhD graduates will be given ample opportunities thoughout the program to learn how to integrate, work and progress within the highly competitive academic environment. Finally, they will be able to participate in outreach programs and learn how to interact with and dissiminate science to the community.

Documents for PhD Application

The following documents must be sent by September 29 in a single pdf file to inct @ uda.cl

  • Cover letter
  • CV with current information (2 pages maximum, sample) and publication list.
  • Proof of degree (the legalized copy or original must be presented if accepted).
  • Undergraduate list of courses, including final marks

  • In addition to the above, 2 recomendation letters must be sent directly at inct @ uda.cl

Further Questions?

Program Coordinator: Mario Soto Vicencio
Instituto de Astronomía y Ciencias Planetarias de Atacama
Address: Copayapu 485, Copiapó, Atacama, Chile
Phone: (+56) 52 225 5939
E-mail: inct @ uda.cl



SCT= 1 SCT corresponds to 29 hours of study/work by the student


Copayapu 485 ,Copiapó, Chile


Email: inct@uda.cl           
Phone: +56 52 225 5938