Year 2021

No. 1 PhD position within the Stellar Formation and Evolution Team at IA (Portugal)

We welcome applications for a PhD scholarship to be hosted within the Stellar Formation and Evolution Team at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), Portugal. The scholarship will be funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT).
A full announcement containing the details on the application process can be found at:

The successful applicant will select their PhD work plan from a list of pre-validated projects put forward by members of the Stellar Formation and Evolution Team. Members of the Team take part in a number of international collaborations and have leading roles within the TESS (NASA) Asteroseismic Science Consortium, the PLATO (ESA) and ARIEL (ESA) space mission consortia, as well as within the ESPRESSO (ESO) consortium.

Areas of work for the successful applicant may include:

— Asteroseismic data analysis of solar-like oscillators and/or AF classical pulsators.
— Detailed study of stellar structure and evolution (including convection, mixing processes, and rotation) using asteroseismic data.
— Characterization of stellar populations to inform studies of the formation and evolution of the Milky Way (Galactic archaeology).

Please note the following:

— The call will remain open from the 16th of November 2020 to the 31st of January 2021.
— The estimated starting date is Quarter 3 of 2021.
— The studentship is renewable for up to a maximum of four years (48 months).
— Candidates with diplomas awarded by foreign higher education institutions should submit (as part of their application) a registration of recognition of their academic degree as well as a registration of the conversion of the respective final grade(s) to the Portuguese grading scale. Instructions can be found through the link above. Bear in mind that this process can take about a month to complete.

For queries, please contact Tiago Campante at

No. 2. The School of Physical Sciences at The Open University is inviting applications for full-time PhD studentships for an October 2021 start.

The studentships are funded by a STFC Doctoral Training Partnership and the OU.

Current projects are from astronomy, physics, planetary science to space instrumentation.

 Deadline for applications 19 February 2021

Please contact with any questions about general administration, eligibility, suitability, funding or the nature of the PhD research. PhD administrator Rosa Miller and postgraduate research tutor Konstantin Stefanov will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

For more information go here.

OU are committed to widening participation and awarding PhD studentships to a diverse community of applicants. OU particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups. Equal Opportunity is University policy.

No. 3. PhD position in the field of massive stars and stellar atmospheres

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student (m/f/d) to join the new research We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student (m/f/d) to join the new research group on stellar atmospheres of hot stars at Heidelberg University led by Dr. Andreas Sander and funded by the DFG Emmy Noether Programme “Uncovering the cornerstones of our Universe: Application and Development of Next- Generation Stellar Atmospheres”. The group starts in August 2021 and is located at the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI). 

The initial review of applications will begin on March 29th, 2021. Applications submitted before this date will receive full consideration, but late applications will also be accepted until the position is filled. For further information please contact Dr. Andreas Sander via


The Astrophysical Dust Group at the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics (IPA), ETH Zürich, in Switzerland, is looking for two highly motivated candidates to apply for a postdoctoral researcher position or a PhD position, within the framework of the ERC funded project “The heliosphere and the dust: characterisation of the solar and interstellar neighbourhood”.

The projects include cosmic dust data analysis, modelling of the interstellar dust transport through the heliosphere, and applying the results to other astrospheres, and the solar system in the past. For more details and submission of the application, see: PhD position, for a postdoctoral researcher position see here.

Application deadline: March 31, 2021.
For questions (not the application): vsterken [-at-]

No. 5. PhD position in engineering-based planetary science

Location: Münster, Germany

The Precious Space research group at the Institut für Planetologie, Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, is offering a 3-year position with the opportunity to obtain a PhD degree in planetary science, funded at 75% (E13 TV-L) level. The position is to be filled as soon as possible. The Precious Space research group is dedicated to the understanding of planetary surfaces. The team investigations are based on the development of new techniques for instruments onboard spacecraft and for laboratory-based studies. The project of the candidate consists in the development of a new technique to characterize the thermal and compositional properties of planetary surfaces from orbit or in situ. The observational technique will be based on an instrument, and in particular on the image sensor and the associated control electronics.

The activities of the successful candidate will include:

  • Selection of COTS technology and implementation of validation activities
  • Thermal-vacuum cycling testing of detector and control electronics.
  • Testing of the instrument performance and application of the technique to a planetary surface analogue.
  • Publications of the performed work in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.


  • Hands-on experience in the design, manufacturing or utilization of technology of the type used in space.
  • Hands-on experience in the field of image sensor or detector and associated control electronics is desired.
  • Ability to work independently as well as within an interdisciplinary team.
  • A university master’s degree in physics or electronics engineering.
  • Good written and spoken English. German knowledge is desired but not a requisite.

Applications should include a CV, motivation letter, assessment reports for previous projects (e.g. bachelor and master’s theses), academic transcripts, and contact details for two referees. Documents are to be sent in a single PDF format to the electronic address below. Review of the applicants’ documents will start 10 April 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Web Page:

No. 6. Understanding noble gases in the context of mantle dynamics

A PhD opportunity (starting late September 2021) is available in the Geodynamics Group of Prof. J. Huw Davies at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Cardiff University, Wales. This studentship is linked to the NERC Large Grant led by Cardiff, on “Mantle Circulation Constrained, (MC2): A multidisciplinary 4D Earth framework for understanding mantle upwellings”. 
The projects is: Understanding noble gases in the context of mantle dynamics with Huw Davies, Don Porcelli (Univ. Oxford), Morten Andersen (Cardiff Univ.) 

Project details can be found here:
Application deadline is 26th April, 2021

Year 2020

No 1. IMPRS PhD Positions in Solar System Science in Göttingen, Germany. Deadline – 1 November 2020. The full announcement of the position as well as the detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here:

No 2. PhD position in the KU Leuven to work on bridging the payload development activities with science activities of the PLATO mission. The deadline for sending in the applications is October 15th 2020; the starting date is flexible, preferably not later than 01/01/2021. The full announcement of the position as well as the detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here:

No 3. PhD sholarship/position in Poznań. Submission of documents: 27 July – 24 August 2020. Before submission of any required documents please contact Edyta Podlewska-Gaca via e-mail: The full announcement of the position as well as the detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here:

No 4. PhD position in the recently established ‘Theory and Observations of Stars’ (TOS) group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) / University of Heidelberg ( . The deadline November 10, 2020.

The successful candidates will work on projects to further understand the internal structure of red-giant stars using asteroseismology.

PhD candidates can apply via the following link: .