The Astronomy Nucleus at Universidad Diego Portales and INRIA-Chile are seeking for applications for one PhD fellowship to a joint project between astrophysics and artificial intelligence. Once accepted, the applicant will become student of the PhD programme at the Astronomy Nucleus, as well as a member of INRIA-Chile, and is expected to carry out research developing new AI methods aiming to solve an astrophysical problem.
The Ph.D. is 4 years long, and students enrolled at UDP are expected to start research activities during their first semester, alongside with specific courses in astrophysics and computer sciences. 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). Inria Chile is a research center in digital sciences and technologies, founded by the French Institute for Research in Digital Sciences (INRIA) and is the first and only research center located outside France. World-class research and technological innovation are part of its DNA, having as its mission to conduct and articulate high-impact research and development in digital technologies at the service of society, with special emphasis on Chile and Latin America. It develops research in digital sciences and technologies such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, machine learning, internet of things, optimization, modeling and human-computer interaction.
The selected student will work simultaneously with Paula Jofre from the Astronomy Nucleus and Nayat Sanchez-Pi from INRIA-Chile in a project focused on Galactic archaeology, taking advantage of the large stellar datasets available to the community (Gaia-ESO, GALAH, APOGEE, Gaia, LAMOST, etc). As part of the Chilean community, the student will have beneficial access to all observing facilities in Chile, as well as observing training. Most crucially for this opportunity, the student will have access to SDSS-V and LSST. As part of INRIA, the student will benefit from laboratory and computing facilities for getting state-of-the-art training in artificial intelligence.
Applicants should have an undergraduate and/or master’s degree in Astronomy, statistics, mathematics or computer sciences, full-time commitment, passion for programming, passion for astronomy, passion for interdisciplinary research, and should be fluent in English, which is the official language of the Astronomy Nucleus.
a) Motivation letter (in English) indicating your reasons for applying to the Ph.D. program at UDP specifying where their interest in artificial intelligence comes from, research experience (if any), research interests, and career plans and goals. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Paula Jofre ([email protected]) or Nayat Sanchez-Pi ([email protected]) for further details.
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 paula.jo[email protected].
All application materials (including letters of recommendation) should be submitted by e-mail to [email protected]. Applications received by January 15th, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applicants who submit their applications by this date will be notified of the results around the last week of January 2021.
Financing: Scholarships is available from Inria-Chile to start in March 2021, with a possibility to start remotely