PhD Positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Boost your career and do your PhD in one of the largest centers for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Europe! Work with the leading scientists in the field to accelerate your scientific career!!

The International Max Planck Research School on Astrophysics (IMPRS) is soliciting applications for its PhD program. Located in the beautiful Munich-Garching area in southern Bavaria (Germany), the school offers a unique environment for graduate students due to the presence of four internationally renowned institutes which form the school:
        * The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE)
        * The Observatory of the University of Munich (LMU/USM)
        * The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA)
        * The European Southern Observatory (ESO)
IMPRS offers a highly competitive PhD program, including lectures, seminars and a research project supervised by leading scientists at one of the participating institutions. Course language is English. Students have access to the world largest ground- and spaced-based observatories and instrumentation operated by the participating institutes as well as to supercomputers for advanced numerical simulations and theoretical studies.

Applications for the PhD-program are open to students from all countries. Successful applicants will get a work contract/fellowship and we will assist you with all administrative matters. This means "Concentrate on your research -- we do the rest!"

For more details see:

The online application portal becomes available about 3 months before the deadline, i.e. end of August 2018. If you would like to get a notification as soon as the online portal becomes available, you can send us a short email, and we will put you on our notification list.
The closing date for applications for the program starting in September 2019 is November 15, 2018. If you for any reason have problems keeping the deadline, please inform us ahead and we will extend it upon request.

For questions please contact the IMPRS admission office <> or call us on Skype <imprs-astro>


International Max-Planck Research School on Astrophysics at the University of Munich         

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