Announcements about PhD positions can be provided by e-mail: mentors@europlanet-society.org


The Space Magnetism Area – INTA (Spain) is offering a 4 years duration PhD grant within the frame of its Planetary Magnetism Unit.

The Planetary Magnetism Unit, part of the Space Magnetism Area of INTA, is looking for motivated candidates with a Masters degree in Physics (preferred) or Engineering (Telecommunication or Civil engineering-oriented towards instrumentation) or similar background willing to work on space instrumentation topics.

The project will be developed at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA – Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial), a Public Research Organization that depends on the Spanish Ministry of Defense. INTA is responsible for performing scientific research activities and prototype development, as well as providing technological services to companies in the industry, universities and other institutions. INTA specializes dually in technological research and development in aerospace, aeronautics, hydrodynamics, and in security and defence technologies.

The grant is to be developed at the Planetary Magnetism Unit part of the Space Magnetism Area of INTA. The Space Magnetism Area leads and develops international projects such as AMR, a project for the development of a magnetometer to be placed on the surface of Mars; or MAGMA, a project for the adaptation of payload and platform, which has mounted vector magnetometers onboard RPAs, and performs the exploitation of the scientific operation of the instruments. The activities of the Planetary Magnetism Unit include conception, design, development, optimization and calibration of magnetic instrumentation for space applications such as planetary exploration. This Unit also maintains a line of research and development of new instrumentation to improve the compositional and structural interpretation of surface rocks in planetary exploration missions. In this line, the Unit participates in campaigns of terrestrial analogues of Mars and the Moon.

The proposed tasks for this grant are framed within this line and are specifically focused on: i) Construction of instrumentation based on unit designs; ii) Calibration methods; iii) Optimization of instruments; iv) Investigation of meteorites with the developed instrumentation; v) Physical interpretation of complex susceptibility measures.

The candidates interested in this offer are welcome to send an email attaching their CV and/or any doubts concerning the offer to Marina Diaz Michelena (diazma@inta.es).

The position is open until the 22nd of October 2021, but can be extended if no suitable candidate is found. In the process, equal treatment will be ensured for all candidates (despite their gender, race, nationality, etc). The funding will be granted once the candidate is selected. All activities will be hosted at the INTA facilities, in Torréjon de Ardoz, Madrid.


International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science
at the University of Göttingen (http://www.solar-system-school.de)

Call for applications: IMPRS PhD Positions in Solar System Science in Göttingen, Germany

https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/applynow

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen in Germany (Solar System School) offers a research-oriented doctoral programme covering the physical aspects of Solar system science. It is jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen.
Research at the MPS covers three main research areas: ”Sun and Heliosphere”, ”Solar and Stellar Interiors” and ”Planets and Comets”. Solar System School students collaborate with leading scientists in these fields and graduates are awarded a doctoral degree from the renowned University of Göttingen or, if they choose, another university.

The Solar System School is open to students from all countries and offers an international three-year PhD programme in an exceptional research environment with state-of-the-art facilities on the Göttingen Campus. Successful applicants will be offered a three-year doctoral support contract as well as post-doc wrap-up funding. The language of the structured graduate programme is English, with German language courses offered (optional). The programme includes an inspiring curriculum of scientific lectures and seminars as well as advanced training workshops and provides a relocation cost subsidy and travel funds to attend international conferences.

Applicants to the Solar System School should have a keen interest in Solar system science and a record of academic excellence. They must have, or must be about to obtain, an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, earth sciences or a related field, including a written Masters thesis, and must document a good command of the English language.

*  Applicants can register immediately at the online application portal.
*  Applications should be submitted between September 1 and November 1.
*  The School will contact the referees named by the candidate upon submission of the application, and will ask referees to submit their letters through the online portal no later than November 10.

To start your application, please see the following pages:

Solar System School         http://www.solar-system-school.de
Call for Applications 2021  https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/applynow
Frequently Asked Questions  https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/faq
List of Open PhD Projects   https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/open-projects
Online Application Portal   https://www.application.mps.mpg.de/

Dr. Sonja Schuh <info@solar-system-school.de>
IMPRS Scientific Coordinator


PhD programme in Astrophysics at the Bologna University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy (DIFA) of the University of Bologna and the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) invite applications for their joint PhD Course in Astrophysics: 10 positions (all with scholarships) are available this year.  

All the necessary information can be found here.

The list of the available PhD projects can  be found and downloaded at the page

The candidates admitted to the oral interview will be requested to express their preferences among these projects.

PLEASE NOTE that complete applications must be received by May 21, 2021 (12:00am, noon, Italian time). The student selection will be performed in June 2021. The successful students will start their activity on November 1st, 2021.

Contact information:
Francesco R. Ferraro
Coordinator of the PhD Course in astrophysics
University of  Bologna, email: francesco.ferraro3@unibo.it


4 Fully-funded PhD positions, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow

  • Funding: EPSRC.
  • Start: October 2021 or October 2022
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Deadline: 31 May 2021.

Apply: select “Mathematics” and choose one of the following projects

Project 1. Observationally-constrained 3D convective spherical models of thesolar dynamo (Solar MHD)

Project 2. Magnetic helicity as the key to dynamo bistability (Geo/General MHD)

Project 3. Force balances in planetary cores and atmospheres (Planetary MHD)

Project 4. Stellar atmospheres and their magnetic helicity fluxes. (Stellar MHD)

The Magnetohydrodynamics and Dynamo Theory group of the School invites strong applications .

  • Dr Radostin Simitev, orcid.org/0000-0002-2207-5789
  • Dr David MacTaggart, orcid.org/0000-0003-2297-9312
  • Dr Robert Teed, orcid.org/0000-0003-2831-3116
  • Dr Simon Candelaresi, orcid.org/0000-0002-7666-8504.


Previous announcements on PhD positions go here.


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