PhD in Astrophysics

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The Institute of Physics and Astronomy opened the program of the PhD in Astrophysics in the year 2013 and already has 23 graduates.

Chile is equipped with a world-class infrastructure of telescopes and astronomical instrumentation. For all present and future astronomical facilities, astronomers that work in Chilean institutions have access to 10% of guaranteed observation time. This ensures that Chile has the possibility of becoming a leading country in scientific research in the field of astronomy. Furthermore, this implies that our country has unique opportunities for development in this area, which positively impacts employment prospects, increasing the demand for specialized personnel. The goal of the doctoral program in Astrophysics is to contribute to the education of new scientists capable of producing and transferring knowledge in this field. Students in the program will have the opportunity to work with a group of academic excellence, characterized by high scientific productivity. Strategic links with national and international institutions also allow for the possibility of scientific visits during the program.

Graduate profile

The PhD graduate will be capable of developing research in an independent manner in current areas of astrophysics, as well as being able to interact with other researchers and to use the infrastructure that Chile offers for astronomy. Moreover, it is important to note that the graduate of the program will be possessed of a breadth of knowledge of physics and astronomy. In addition the doctoral student has the opportunity to participate in national and international conferences, allowing for the presentation of their work to the astronomical community and to generate collaborative networks with other scientists. In the case of thesis projects oriented to the area of observations, the graduate can utilise the infrastructure of optical, infrared, millimetre and sub-millimetre telescopes that Chile offers for astronomy.

Research areas

Please see the RESEARCH AREAS on our website to find out more about the fields of research available and the academic staff in each area. See also Research Centers and associates.

Academic Staff:

Catalina Arcos. Massive stars, stellar winds, Be stars, line variability.

Patricia Arévalo. Black holes, accretion, Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)

Jura Borissova. Star formation, stellar clusters, Milky Way galaxy, infrared astronomy, massive stars, variable stars

Graeme Candlish. Numerical simulations, cosmology and gravitation.

Victor Cárdenas. Cosmology, General Relativity, Dark Matter, Dark Energy.

Michel Curé. Massive stars, stellar winds, hydrodynamics, radiative transport, numerical methods, astrostatistics, astrometeorology.

Eduardo Ibar. Observational cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, active galactic nuclei, deep radio, infrared and submillimetre surveys.

Radostin Kurtev. Star formation, stellar clusters, the Milky Way galaxy, infrared astronomy, very low mass stars, brown dwarfs, cool atmospheres.

Verónica Motta. Observational cosmology, strong gravitational lensing, microlensing, AGN, accretion disks, galaxy groups and clusters, high redshift galaxies, dark matter, spectroscopy.

Claus Tappert. Cataclysmic variables, binary stars, novae.

José Villanueva. Inflation, reheating, dark energy (DE), dark matter (DM), DE-DM interaction, geodesics, tests of general relativity, exact solutions.

Nikolaus Vogt. Variable stars, cataclysmic binaries (classic novae and dwarf novae).

Maja Vuckovic. Evolution of hot subdwarf stars, compact pulsators, close binary stellar evolution, asteroseismology.

Mónica Zorotovic. Close compact binary evolution (white dwarfs, hot subdwarf stars), BPS models, common envelope phase.

Professional profile

Upon completion of the curricular requirement, the student will receive the degree of Doctor in Astrophysics. They will have acquired fundamental knowledge in contemporary physics and advanced astronomy. The graduate of this program will be able to be involved in professional scientific investigation in current research themes, in interactions with other researchers and in the future make full scientific use of the existing infrastructure for astronomy in Chile. These collaborations include both observational astrophysicists that generate and execute scientific projects that make direct use of telescopes, and theoretical astrophysicists whose work is the physical-mathematical modelling of observed phenomena.

Employment opportunities

The Program provides the skills necessary for the student to successfully join the national and international professional astrophysical community, or many other scientifically-inclined organizations. Thus possible future employers include universities, higher studies institutions, astronomical observatories, research centers, scientific instrumentation developers, software developers, many state or private companies, consultants or scientific/astronomical tourism enterprises.

HERE you can see the current position of all the students already graduated from the program.

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