PhD Positions at the Kapteyn Institute Groningen

Deadline: December 21, 2018

The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen invites applications for three PhD positions:

1. a position in the group of Prof. dr. Amina Helmi to unravel the assembly history of the Milky Way using data from the recently launched European satellite Gaia and from upcoming spectroscopic surveys such as from WEAVE and 4MOST;

2. a postition in the group of Prof. dr. Inga Kamp on studying circumplanetary disks to pave the way for E-ELT METIS science and provide key boundary conditions for the formation of gas giants and their satellite systems;

3. a position shared with ASTRON in the group of Prof. dr. Raffaella Morganti on gas and the life-cycle of radio galaxies to build a coherent picture of the time scales associated with nuclear activity of radio galaxies and the conditions which determine their duty-cycles.

The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute is part of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) and is recognised world-wide for the quality of its research in multiple areas of astronomy. With 15 faculty and 50 PhD students, it is the second-largest astronomical institute in the Netherlands. Groningen, a historic town in the northern Netherlands, occupies a strategic place in Dutch astronomy, hosting both the Kapteyn Institute and the low-energy astrophysics division of the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON). The Kapteyn Institute has a strong connection with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) in Dwingeloo, a European centre of radio astronomy research. Staff and PhD students at the Kapteyn Institute frequently collaborate with SRON and ASTRON scientists and engineers. There are also strong interdisciplinary connections with other institutes in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. English is the common language of the Institute. We seek excellent students with strong backgrounds in the physical sciences who desire obtaining a PhD degree from a top European university. A successful candidate must hold a Masters degree or equivalent by the starting date of the position. Previous research experience and skills will be important criteria for the selection. These PhD student positionss are paid as civil servants, which means that they earn competitive salaries (the current annual gross salary, including allowances, increases from about €28,000 in year 1 to about €36,000 in year 4) and are eligible for both social security and retirement benefits. All PhD positions are funded for four years.

Detailed information on how to apply is given here.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to kamp@astro.rug.nl.

PhD position in Strong Gravitational Lensing at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany

Deadline: Thursday, December 6, 2018

TThe Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics invites applications for a PhD position in the area of strong gravitational lensing. The successful candidate will work with Dr Simona Vegetti on gravitational lensing as a probe of galaxy formation and the nature of dark matter. The position is funded through a European Starting Grant awarded to Dr Vegetti. The successful candidate will join the vibrant research environment of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching. The position comes with a generous travel budget, and the student is expected to travel to the US, UK and the Netherlands to work with collaborators.

The position is available from January 2019, but the starting date is negotiable. Interested candidates are invited to apply by sending a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of their scientific experience and interests, and a copy of their academic transcripts to the email address svegetti@mpa-garching.mpg.de. The candidate should also arrange for at least two letters of reference to be sent to the same email address.

PhD positions at the Australian National University / Mt. Stromlo Observatory

Deadline: December 1, 2018

The Research School for Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University invites applications from outstanding undergraduate and masters students of all nationalities for fully-funded PhD scholarships to begin in 2019/2020. Students with previous research experience in astrophysics or related fields are particularly encouraged to apply. The RSAA PhD Program includes innovative graduate level astrophysics courses taught by some of the world's preeminent astrophysicists, including Prime Minister's Science Prize winner Ken Freeman, Pawsey Medal winner Naomi McClure-Griffiths, Warner Prize winner Mark Krumholz, and Laureate Fellows Martin Asplund and Lisa Kewley. PhD research projects on offer are at the cutting-edge of astrophysics, and include observations with the Hubble Space Telescope, the VLT 8m telescopes, and simulations on ANU and national supercomputer facilities. Our graduating students regularly achieve prestigious international fellowships including Hubble, CfA, ESO, Magellan, and Jansky Fellowships. The RSAA designed and built the first two Australian instruments for the Gemini Observatory, and is leading Australian participation in the Giant Magellan Telescope, including development of the Giant Magellan Telescope Integral-Field Spectrograph (GMTIFS). In addition to PhD projects in observational and theoretical astrophysics, we also offer PhDs in instrumentation research and development. The Australian National University is located in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. Canberra is one of the few capital cities where nature reserves and parkland are integral to the city plan. RSAA is located at Mount Stromlo, within the Stromlo Forest Park. The Stromlo Forest Park includes a world-class mountain-biking trail, the Robert de Castella cross-country running track, the Stephen Hodge Criterium cycling circuit, and extensive equestrian and hiking trails.

Scholarship applications are due on 1 Dec 2018. For details on how to apply to the RSAA graduate program, eligibility requirements, and available research supervisors and projects, please see

Included Benefits: The ANU offers a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements (including vacation, sick, and maternity leave), thesis publication cost allowance and prestigious top-up fellowships.