Postdoctoral position at the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Deadline: September 15, 2019

The Department of Physics at the Universidad de los Andes (Uniandes), Colombia, invites applicants for a postdoctoral position at the Astronomy Group. Uniandes is a private university which strives for excellence in both teaching and research, currently ranked in QS in the list of top ten Latin American universities. The physics department has active undergraduate, master and doctoral programs with excellent computing and lab facilities.

The astronomy group does research in the areas of stellar variability, spectroscopy, galaxy formation and cosmology. The group is member of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and the Latin American Chinese European Galaxy Formation Network (LACEGAL) funded by the Horizon 2020 program from the European Union. A postdoc working in this research area will have privileged access to DESI data and will be encouraged to spend the summer doing research in Europe supported by LACEGAL funds. The Astronomy group has also access to infrared data of the Vista Variable in the Via Lactea Survey (VVV Survey). A postdoc in this research area is expected to work in searching and classifying variable stars using supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques, dependently and independently of the time.

A doctoral degree in astronomy, physics or related fields and a minimum of two indexed publications are required. Knowledge of English and/or Spanish is desirable. The position starts in January 2020 initially for one year, with the option to extend it up to one more year. Salary and benefits are commensurate with international standards. Apart from a high scientific production with the astronomy group the successful applicant is expected to teach an Introductory Physics course each semester.

Interested applicants should send to a single pdf file that includes a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and a research plan for the next two years. The candidate must also arrange to have two reference letters submitted to the same email address. Please indicate the preferred line(s) of research and the professor(s) the applicant would be interested in working with. The professor(s) should be chosen from the list currently working at the astronomy group at uniandes.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Chad Leidy (e-mail:

More information here.

N. D. Goldsworthy Scholarship for Physics at the University of Melbourne

Deadline: August 5, 2019

We invite applications from exceptionally talented students planning a PhD in astrophysics or cosmology for the N. D. Goldsworthy Scholarship for Physics.

The University of Melbourne is engaged in cutting edge research in observational and theoretical astrophysics, including SkyHopper – the world’s first concept for an actively-cooled infrared space telescope on a CubeSat, high energy astrophysics and transients, state of the art simulations of the early Universe, LIGO data analysis, high-redshift galaxies, the cosmic microwave background, and 21 cm observations. The group also hosts nodes of two research centres, OzGRAV and ASTRO-3D.

The N. D. Goldsworthy scholarship comes with a tax-free stipend of AUD$37,200/yr (in 2020) for 3.5 years. Applicants will also be considered for research-only scholarships with a stipend of AUD$31,200/yr. See the Faculty of Science link for more information about the PhD program.

Applicants should submit an Expression of Interest through the link, including a statement of research interests, CV, transcripts if possible, and two reference letters by Aug 5 (this deadline is for international students). Successful candidates will be supported through the formal U. Melbourne application process.

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne helps graduates become well-rounded, thoughtful and skilled professionals who make a positive impact across the globe. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings placing it as #1 in Australia and #32 in the world (THE World Rankings 2017-18). Our research helps solve challenges the world is facing today and into the future. We’re tightly connected with our communities, at home and around the globe – a connection that enriches our learning, teaching and research. The University of Melbourne offers an unsurpassed learning experience on an urban campus located on the edge of downtown Melbourne. Melbourne, a bustling metropolis of around 5 million people, frequently stars on lists of the most liveable cities in the world.

Attention To: Astrophysics selection panel


Stipend: $25330.00 (USD)

Applications here.

Postdoctoral position in theoretical High-Energy Astrophysics

Deadline: August 9, 2019

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Section of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is offering a second postdoctoral fellowship for research on theoretical and computational astrophysics in the group of Dr. Jonathan Mackey. The project, "High-Energy Radiation from Interaction Supernovae", is funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) Laureate Awards programme and will investigate particle acceleration and high-energy radiation processes in stellar-wind bubbles and supernovae interacting with dense stellar winds.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will receive a salary (plus generous pension and social insurance contributions), computer equipment needed for work, and a travel allowance. This is a fixed term position for 2 years, including an iniital probationary period. The proposed start date is January 2020.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Physics or Astronomy and Astrophysics, with research experience in theoretical and computational High-Energy Astrophysics. The ideal candidate will have experience with computer simulation and modelling of particle acceleration in supernova shockwaves, including calculating multiwavelength emission for comparison with observations. She/He will have demonstrated excellent mathematical and computational skills, be strongly self-motivated, able to conduct independent research as part of a team, and have excellent written and spoken English language skills. Access to supercomputing time in Ireland and other European supercomputing centres will be available.

Membership of the H.E.S.S. collaboration will be provided for, including travel to collaboration meetings. The successful candidate will work with Jonathan Mackey and other group members, and will have the opportunity to collaborate locally and internationally within the H.E.S.S. collaboration, and with Prof. Aharonian, Prof. Drury and other colleagues at DIAS.

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae including a publication list, plus a statement of research interests and career goals (both as PDF documents), and arrange for two letters of reference to be sent by email to Anne Grace ( Informal scientific enquiries about the positions may be directed to Jonathan Mackey (, and submission enquiries may be made to Anne Grace (

For more information please go to: link.

Four PhD positions in Stockholm University

Deadline: August 1, 2019

The Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University invites applications for fully funded PhD positions in the following research areas:

Supernovae: A PhD candidate position is available for work on supernovae and supernova remnants. The project can be observationally driven or leaning more toward modeling. We are studying supernovae with large radio arrays, and are running programs to study the early optical emission from supernovae and gravitational-wave counterparts. We have also obtained observations of supernova remnants with the ACA millimeter array and with HST. The underlying drive is to understand the physical processes in these objects. For additional information please contact Peter Lundqvist (

Galaxies: We seek a PhD candidate interested in working on an observational project in galaxy evolution, addressing questions on how star formation feedback affects the interstellar medium in galaxies, and its transparency to Lyman alpha and ionizing radiation. We have obtained data on dwarf starburst galaxies from the Hubble Space Telescope and the MUSE instrument on ESO/VLT. We are also involved in the construction of an instrument for the ELT and a PhD project on preparatory science is another opportunity. For additional information please contact Göran Östlin (

Exoplanets: We seek a PhD candidate to work on exoplanet characterization. Our team works with a range of exoplanet detection methods including direct imaging, where we are currently leading an ESO Large Program survey called BEAST, which is performed with the SPHERE high-contrast instrument. The planetary objects detected in the survey will be amenable to spectroscopic and orbital characterization, which can be done with SPHERE itself as well as other facilities such as MUSE and near-future instrumentation in construction such as CRIRES+ and ERIS. For additional information please contact Markus Janson (

Stars: We seek PhD candidates to work on observational and/or theoretical stellar spectroscopy with million-star surveys of the Milky Way. We are part of large international survey teams that map the chemical composition, ages and dynamics of stars to study the formation history of the Galaxy, the physics of stars, and the origin of chemical elements. For additional information please contact Karin Lind (

Qualification requirements and Selection: Please see the official announcement text for information about qualification requirements and selection. General information about the PhD-programme can be obtained from the Director of Postgraduate studies, Jesper Sollerman (

Included Benefits: PhD positions at Stockholm University are fixed term salaried positions with full social benefits, including generous parental leave conditions and subsidized childcare. The total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Selection Deadline: Sunday, September 15, 2019 - Current Status of Position: Accepting Applicants.

More information in the Official announcement and application page.

PhD position in Planetary Science

Deadline: July 30, 2019

A fellowship will be available for a PhD position at the Università d'Annunzio in Pescara (Italy). The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Dr. Giuseppe Mitri at the International Research School of Planetary Sciences (IRSPS). He/she will develop numerical geodynamic modelling of the outer ice shell of Ganymede, Jupiter's icy satellite. This work will support the preparation of the upcoming ESA JUICE mission. Preferred applicants should have obtained a Master's degree in Geophysics, Physics or an equivalent degree, and should have experience with programming languages and numerical modelling. The position will begin in October/November 2019. The Call for the position will be open during Summer 2019. For additional information on this fellowship, contact G. Mitri (

Application Deadline: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - Selection Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019 - Current Status of Position: No Status Given (Opted Out)

More information in the link.

Three PhD fellowships in exoplanet imaging and machine learning

Deadline: July 22, 2019

The STAR Institute and the Montefiore Institute of the University of Liège jointly invite applications for 3 PhD positions in the fields of machine learning and stellar coronagraphy, with applications in exoplanet imaging. These positions are open within the context of an ERC Consolidator Grant and of a ULiège-funded ARC grant, both starting in 2019. The proposed research subjects are the following: 1. Development of next-generation vortex coronagraphs - 2. Application of deep learning techniques to exoplanet imaging - 3. Development of focal-plane wavefront sensing techniques using machine learning. They are described in more detail here

We seek excellent students with strong background in physical, engineering, and/or computer sciences. 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. Strong collaboration spirit and good communication skills in oral and written English are required. The PhD positions are not restricted by nationality. PhD students are funded for four years, earn competitive salaries, and are eligible for social security benefits. Applicants should send a CV, transcripts of study records (with grades), and a brief statement of past research and research interests to Dr Olivier Absil ( They should also arrange for two reference letters to be sent to this address by the application deadline. Applicants may apply to one, two or three of the proposed positions at a time. In case of an application to more than one position, applicants are kindly asked to rank the positions by order of preference. The applications are to be written in English. Informal enquiries about these positions are welcome and should be sent to the address provided above. Starting dates are expected to be in September/October 2019, but are negotiable. Complete applications received by 15 July 2019 will receive full consideration. Candidates who submit complete applications before that date may be contacted earlier. Selections of candidates will continue until all positions are filled. For more information, please contact Dr Olivier Absil, coordinator of the ERC/ARC projects.

Included Benefits: The positions come with full benefits (incl. social security) and a competitive salary.

More information in the link.

PhD position in stellar hydrodynamics

Deadline: July 15, 2019

The Physics of Stellar Objects group at Heidelberg University/Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies invites applications for a PhD position in stellar hydrodynamics. The successful candidate will perform multidimensional hydrodynamic simulations of convection in stars with specialized low-Mach number schemes. In a joint project with a group in Applied Mathematics, the methods will be extended to include the effects of magnetic fields. The new MHD solvers developed by the mathematics group will be implemented into the existing low-Mach number hydrodynamics code and applied to problems of stellar convection. The position is available for 3 years and could start on short notice. The applicant should have a strong background in physics and programming and hold, or expect to obtain, a Masters' degree or equivalent in physics, astronomy, or mathematics. Experience with numerical methods would be a strong advantage. Applications should include a CV, copies of academic certificates, a 1-page statement of research interests, and two letters of reference. They should be sent to the email address listed below. For additional questions please also use the same email address.

Compensation Notes: Salary according to 2/3 of the German TVL E13 pay scale

More information here.