Ph.D. Scholarships in Astronomy & Planetary Sciences at the University of Atacama

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
Universidad de Atacama
Instituto de Astronomía y Ciencias Planetarias de Atacama
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Instituto de Astronomía y Ciencias Planetarias de Atacama (INCT) at the Universidad de Atacama (UDA), in Copiapó (Chile) invites applicants for four Ph.D. positions in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences to start in April 2024.

The positions are open to candidates from any country. The successful candidates must have a degree (or equivalent) in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, geology, or any related topic to planetary sciences by the closing date of applications. Positions will be available across a range of fields of research where the INCT is active, including the solar system, exoplanets, planetary geology, star formation, Galactic structure, and extragalactic astronomy. Students must manage basic English and be willing to publish in peer review journals. Students will have access to apply for the Chilean telescope time of ESO, ALMA, Gemini, LCO, CTIO, among others.

University of Atacama Ph.D. students are fully funded for four years (subject to passing a qualifying exam after 18 months). The salary is set to 650,000 CLP net per month.

INCT provides a stimulating, international environment where Spanish and English coexist as common languages. The University of Atacama is located in Copiapó, the capital city of the Atacama region. Copiapó is located in the Atacama desert, and the region offers a unique variety of natural and wildlife attractions.

For additional information visit the INCT website, or write to [email protected]

Documents for Ph.D. Application 2024

The following documents must be sent in a single pdf file to [email protected]

All the applications will receive full consideration if arrived by September 28th, 2023. Later applications will be received until the positions are filled.

The required documents are:

  • Cover letter indicating the reasons for applying to our PhD program.
  • CV with current information (2 pages maximum) and also a publication list.
  • Proof of degree (the legalized copy or original must be presented if accepted).
  • Undergraduate list of courses, including their final marks.

In addition to the above, 2 recommendation letters must be sent directly to [email protected] before the deadline.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Aug 31
Application Deadline
2023 Sep 28


Ivan Lacerna