Néstor Espinoza


Santiago, Chile | nespino@astro.puc.cl | Full CV in PDF version


Ph.D. in Astrophysics 2012 – Present

Instituto de Astrofísica
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Expected graduation date: June, 2017

Licenciate in Astronomy 2007 – 2012

Instituto de Astrofísica
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Summa cum laude.

Research Experience

Kavli Summer Program in Astrophysics 2016

Research Intern (PI: Jonathan Fortney)

  • Performed astrophysical modelling of protoplanetary disks in order to predict the composition of giant exoplanet atmospheres as part of the Kavli Summer Program in Astrophysics. This work was done under the supervision of Jonathan Fortney and Yamila Miguel.

Millenium Institute of Astrophysics 2013 – Present

Research Assistant (PI: Andrés Jordán)

  • Software development, data analysis and astrophysical interpretation of time-domain astronomical phenomena, focused on the detection of extrasolar planets. This included developing fast algorithms for obtaining high precision photometry, radial velocities and high spatial resolution imaging.

Department of Statistics, Faculty of Mathematics (PUC)2012 – 2014

Research Assistant (PI: Susana Eyheramendy)

  • Spent 2 years working on the automated classification of variable stars using Machine Learning algorithms.

Fellowships & Awards

PUC Young Student Leader 2016

Yearly recognition given to 20 students from the university

Kavli Summer Program in Astrophysics Fellowship2016

Granted to 17 PhD students around the world

People's Choice Award 2014

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) PUC Competition

Distinguished Graduate Student Award 2014

Chilen Astronomical Society (SOCHIAS)

CONICYT Fellowship 2013 – Present

CONICYT, Chilean Ministry of Education