PhD Student in Extra-Galactic Astronomy

Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2019

Lowell Observatory has an opening for a PhD student with an interest in star formation in galaxies who is ready to work on a PhD dissertation. This position will be dedicated to working on an NSF-supported project to characterize molecular gas and star formation in dwarf irregular galaxies.

PhD Students are expected to be enrolled in a PhD granting graduate program and in good academic standing, having completed the required institutional coursework and qualifying examinations, or pending near completion of such. Throughout the duration of the PhD Student Program, the student will remain enrolled at the home institution and will graduate with the PhD degree from that institution. Students must have approval from their home institution before initiation of the application process.

Instructions on how to apply can be found on the job positing on our employment page here.

PhD positions at the University of Amsterdam

Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) at the University of Amsterdam invites applicants for multiple PhD positions in astronomy and astrophysics. The positions are open to candidates from any country. The institute provides a stimulating, international environment in a city where English is a common language. Of our current PhD candidates, over 70% are foreign and over 40% are female. PhD candidates execute a vigorous research program, under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Positions will be available in a number of fields of research where the institute is active, including exoplanets and their atmospheres, stellar astrophysics, neutron stars, explosive radio transients and the detection and characterization of radio counterparts of gravitational wave sources. On our website you will find general information about doing a PhD at the API, our research and the available projects.

The successful candidates must have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in physics, astronomy or a related subject, by the PhD starting date, which will typically be in Autumn 2020, but this is negotiable. The University of Amsterdam is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

University of Amsterdam PhD candidates are fully-funded for four years and earn competitive salaries. The salary will be in accordance with the University regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2,325 to €2,972 (salary scale P) gross per month. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. Additional comprehensive benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity and parental leave and pension contribution. The mandatory Dutch health insurance is not included, but is very affordable (~100 euro per month). Relocation costs (within reason) will also be reimbursed.

Applications here.

PhD positions in Astrophysics at University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia

Deadline: Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Astrophysics group in the School of Science at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra campus is seeking applicants for the PhD program in areas related to binary star evolution, nucleosynthesis and thermonuclear supernovae/transients.

UNSW Canberra campus is located on the grounds of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, Australia’s national capital. The scholarship** towards a Doctor of Philosophy (program code 1892) includes a tuition waiver and a $35,000 AUD annual stipend for the full duration of the degree (nominally 3.5 yrs). International candidates must meet the UNSW English Language requirements. UNSW Canberra does not support requests for English waivers. **Scholarships are for on-campus study and successful applicants must be prepared to live in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Prospective applicants with high academic standing and an interest in code development/data analysis in any of the following research areas are encouraged to apply: supernovae (progenitors and remnants), late stages of stellar evolution, stellar/explosive nucleosynthesis, binary stars (evolution and gravitational wave detections (with LISA)), accreting and merging white dwarfs, Galactic archaeology (with GALAH).

Successful applicants will have access to Australia's high-performance computational facility, the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). Projects of a more observational nature are also encouraged. Students and their supervisors will be able to apply for telescope time on world-class telescope facilities in Australia and abroad, including state-of-the-art facilities located at the European Southern Observatory in Chile. With all the amenities of a modern capital city, the Canberra region has many nature reserves and offers plenty of opportunity for bush walking, viewing Australian wildlife, cycling, hiking, camping, wine tours, museums, and winter sports.

All applications must be submitted through the UNSW online portal. All supporting documentation (including scholarship application materials) must be uploaded by the closing date; incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.

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 application please go to: link.