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.

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: .