The mountaintops of the Atacama desert are home to many of the largest and most technologically-advanced telescopes in the world, taking advantage of its extreme aridity, dark and cloud-free skies to obtain the deepest and sharpest images of the universe.
The aridity and geology of the Atacama region also provides an optimal research environment for planetary sciences, and the UdA is developing a high-altitude laboratory to study astrobiology and planetary analogs.
The INCT at the Universidad de Atacama offers a unique opportunity for talented PhD to carry out research in astronomy or planetary sciences, with privileged access to all the observing facilities based in Chile (e.g. ESO, ALMA, Gemini, CTIO) while based in the heart of the Atacama community.
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.
More details of the topics developed in each research line can be found here.
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 disseminate science to the community.
The Instituto de Astronomía y Ciencias Planetarias de Atacama (INCT) at the Universidad de Atacama (UDA), in Copiapó (Chile) invites
applicants for four PhD positions in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences.
The positions are open to candidates from any country. The successful candidates must have a MSc degree (or equivalent) in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, geology or any related topic to planetary science by the PhD starting date, which will be March 2020. Positions will be available across a range of fields of research where the INCT is active, including solar system, exoplanets, planetary geology, extragalactic astronomy, star formation and Galactic structure. Students must speak fluent English and be willing to publish in peer review journals. Students will have access to the Chilean telescope time of ESO, ALMA, Gemini, LCO, CTIO, among others.
University of Atacama PhD students are fully-funded for four years (subject to a 18 month probation period). The salary is in accordance with Chilean CONICYT grants, and is set to 650,000 CLP net per month. Additional grants can be provided for tutoring and teaching duties for undergraduate courses.
INCT provides a stimulating, international environment where English is a common language. The University of Atacama is located in Copiapó, the capital city of the Atacama region. Copiapó is located in the Atacama desert, under the darkest skies of the world. The Atacama region offers a unique variety of natural and wildlife attractions.
The following documents must be sent by November 10 2019 in a single pdf file to inct @ uda.cl
In addition to the above, 2 recomendation letters must be sent directly at inct @ uda.cl
Program Coordinator: Lorenzo Morelli
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 27 hours of study/work by the student