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The PhD in Astrophysics program is an initiative by the core researchers in Astronomy of the Department of Physical Sciences in the Exact Sciences Faculty. Its creation comes from the conviction of their members to promote advanced training for human resources and research in different areas of astronomy and astrophysics.


The PhD Program in Astrophysics is the result of a collaborative effort of the astronomy researchers in the Physical Sciences Department in the Exact Sciences Faculty.  It was created to fulfill the mission of the Faculty: “The mission of the Exact Sciences Faculty is to develop and spread scientific knowledge, form advanced human capital in the disciplines cultivated within the Faculty, and provide knowledge of basic sciences for future professionals of the university according to the Educational Model, contributing to the scientific, social, and technological development of the country.”  The PhD program comes from the determination of its members to fulfill their role in promoting the formation of advanced human capital and research in different areas of astrophysics, a discipline in which the country has many comparative advantages including observational and recording instruments that are unique in the world.

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Contributing to the generation of new knowledge in Astrophysics.

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Specific Objectives

The Specific Objectives of the program are:


  1. Develop the critical thinking characteristic of the scientific method, based on advanced knowledge of the specific theories and methods of the areas of research of the Program and of the state of the art of astronomy.
  1. Propose and solve relevant and complex problems in the scientific domain, based on theoretical and methodological knowledge of the area of research.
  1. Educate the students in the process of proposing original and relevant research for the advancement of Astrophysics, as well as promote their integration in scientific collaborations in astrophysics and related sciences.
  1. Contribute the the generation of cutting-edge knowledge which enriches the national and international understanding and advancement of astronomy responsibly and ethically.

Graduate Profile

The graduate of the Astrophysics PhD Program at Andres Bello University is an independent researcher with solid knowledge in the area of Astrophysics, covering areas such as: data modeling and analysis; formation, evolution, and description of the Universe; and fundamental physical processes that regulate the formation and evolution of various objects, from planets to stars, galaxies, galaxy clusters, and large-scale structure.

The graduate is capable of performing original research using analytical and critical thinking abilities, allowing for the generation of new knowledge in the area of Astrophysics, in the research areas of Stellar Astrophysics, Extragalactic Astrophysics, and Cosmology.

The graduate is capable of communicating the results of a research project and forming part of research teams in academic institutions, observatories, and research centers.

Upon finishing their education, the graduates of the Doctorate in Astrophysics will be capable of achieving the following Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge about the formation, evolution, and description of the Universe and fundamental physical processes that regulate the formation and evolution of various objects, such as planets, stars, galxies, galaxy clusters, and large-scale structure.
  • Combine high-level tools for obtaining, interpreting, analysis and/or modeling of physical processes in the development of their research in the areas of Stellar Astrophysics, Extragalactic Astrophysics or Cosmology.
  • Generate new knowledge in the area of Astrophysics via the development of original research which, based on state-of-the-art analysis, consists of the design and execution of a scientific project in their field of research.
  • Communicate, in speech and writing, the results derived from their research in Astrophysics to expert and non-expert communities.

Astrophysics Research Lines

This area covers the measurement of cosmological parameters, large-scale structure, dark matter and dark energy, as well as the characterization of the various stages of evolution of the Universe.

This area covers the characterization of the structure and evolution of galaxies and their distinct components, as well as their association in groups and clusters.

This area covers the characterization of physical processes that regulate the formation, evolution, and structure of exoplanets, stellar and sub-stellar systems and their relation to the interstellar medium and our Galaxy.

Decree and Current Regulations

Program Director

Giuliano Pignata

Ph.D. (Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Italia).

Academic Faculty

Academic Faculty

Matías Gómez

Ph.D. (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

Research lines: Globular cluster systems. Extragalactic star clusters. Compact stellar associations.

Academic Profile

Timo Anguita

Ph.D. (Universitaet Heidelberg, Alemania).

Research lines: Gravitational lenses.Active Nuclei of Galaxies. Massive Galaxies.

Academic Profile

Isabelle Gavignaud

Ph.D. (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, Francia).

Research lines: Evolution of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and their host galaxies.

Academic Profile

Julie Nantais

Ph.D. (Harvard University, EE.UU.).

Research lines: Groups and galaxy clusters. Galaxy evolution (observation). Formation of elliptical and lenticular galaxies.

Academic Profile

Lorenzo Monaco

Ph.D. (Universidad di Bologna, Italia).

Research lines: Resolved stellar populations. Metal-poor stars. High-resolution spectroscopy.

Academic Profile

Claudio Cáceres

PhD (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Research lines: Formation and early evolution of exoplanets and substellar objects. Circumstellar discs. Extrasolar planets.

Academic Profile

Dante Minniti

PhD in Astronomy (University of Arizona, EE.UU)

Research lines: Globular clusters and the Milky Way. Populations, variability and stellar evolution. Extrasolar planets and gravitational microlenses.

Academic Profile

Giuliano Pignata

Ph.D. (Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Italia).

Research lines: Supernovae. Astronomical instrumentation. Astrostatistics.

Academic Profile

Lucia Guaita

Ph.D. in Astronomy (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Research line: Star-forming galaxies. Galaxy evolution.

Keiichi Ohnaka

Ph.D. (University of Tokyo, Japan

Research lines: High spatial resolution observations, evolved stars, stellar surface structures

Guest Professors

Nicola Masetti

Ph.D. (Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Italia)


Scholarships and Financing

Andrés Bello University has different scholarships for its doctoral students, to learn more we invite you to visit the Doctorates home where you will find Scholarships and Financing Opportunities.



Applicants should upload in the application form (see application button below) a single pdf file with the following items in the following exact order:

  1. Cover letter including motivations
  2. Undergraduate transcripts
  3. CV (including a list of refereed publications and conference contributions)
  4. MSc transcripts if available

Applicants should also arrange for 2 letters of recommendation, to be sent directly to

[email protected] before the October 15 deadline.