PhD and Master positions in Astrophysics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, August 20, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
Pontificia Universidad Catolíca de Chile (PUC)
Department Name: 
Institute of Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
Vicuna Mackenna 4860
Street Line 3: 
7820436
City: 
Santiago
State/Province: 
RM
Zip/Postal: 
7820436
Country: 
Chile
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Institute of Astrophysics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (IA-PUC) invites applications to our Ph.D. (4-yr) and Master’s (2-yr) programs, beginning March 2022, from talented students with undergraduate backgrounds in all areas of astrophysics and physics, or closely related fields.

Program Details:

  • One of the leading astronomy centers in Latin America.
  • Active and dynamic international community comprising ~15 faculty, ~25 postdocs, and ~50 graduate students.
  • Cutting-edge observational and theoretical research in: cosmology; extragalactic, Galactic and stellar astrophysics; stellar and planetary dynamics; astrochemistry; high-energy astrophysics; numerical simulations; and astronomical instrumentation.  
  • 10% privileged access to a wide array of world-class observing facilities in Chile.
  • Rich and vibrant scientific life including mentorship with world-class faculty, weekly seminars and colloquia, daily journal-club discussion, group meetings, strong visitor program, and travel to national and international conferences, all of which offer plentiful opportunities for networking and collaboration at many levels.
  • Guaranteed external or internal 4-yr scholarships to all accepted Ph.D. applicants, and a limited number of internal 2-yr scholarships to exceptional Masters degree applicants. Includes stipend for living expenses plus tuition and fees. [Notwithstanding global COVID-19 pandemic uncertainties, we will conduct the evaluation and selection processes following our regular protocols]
  • Funding for travel, research, publications and computers. 
  • English is the default language of the Institute.
  • Provide advanced training as a professional researcher, who will be able to compete effectively for academic positions if he/she chooses to do so, or pivot into observatory or industry careers.

Requirements:  

  • 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. Previous research experience is beneficial.

Application materials:

  • Cover letter outlining applicant’s motivation to train as a researcher in astrophysics, and in particular at IA-PUC in the Ph.D. or Master’s program, research experience (if any), research interests, and career plans and goals (max 2 pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae (max 3 pages, including any publications):
  • A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 letters of recommendation sent directly by the recommenders, written in Spanish or English, by people who know the applicant well and can give a thorough assessment of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses (e.g., classwork, teaching, investigation, and personal character). Recommenders will receive an automatic email on where to upload their letters.
  • Copy of official undergraduate (and graduate, if available) academic transcripts, translated into English or Spanish if necessary, and a clear indication of the grading scale system and the ranking of the student within their class.
  • Copy of title or academic degree certificate or an official letter from their University indicating expected graduation date.
  • Any other information that the student would like to add: e.g., results of some standardized test such as the GRE and/or TOEFL.

All application materials (aside from letters of recommendation) should be submitted via our application form. Shortlisted applicants will be scheduled for interviews. All questions should be directed to [email protected]

IA-PUC is committed to equal opportunity and diversity in its workforce, including but not limited to religious freedom.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, November 15, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Director of Graduate Studies
Institution/Company: 
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Department Name: 
Institute of Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
Vicuna Mackenna 4860
City: 
Santiago
State/Province: 
RM
Zip/Postal Code: 
7820436
Country: 
Chile
Phone: 
+56.2.2.354.4940
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Director of Graduate Studies
Subject: 
Graduate Studies at IA-PUC