PhD in Astronomy / Astrophysics

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
International Max Planck Research Schools
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Call for applications / fully funded PhD grants for successful applicants

You want to boost your career in Astrophysics? Then do your PhD in one of the largest centers for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Europe and work with the leading scientists in the field to accelerate your scientific career!

The International Max Planck Research School on Astrophysics at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (IMPRS on Astrophysics) 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 with a monthly income that covers the living costs. We will assist our students with all administrative matters for a smooth on-boarding. This means "Concentrate on your research -- we do the rest!"

For more details see:
The closing date for applications for the program starting in September 2024 is November 1, 2023. If for any reason you have difficulty meeting the deadline, please inform us in advance and we will extend it upon request.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$24,900USD to $26,400USD
Included Benefits

Living costs are covered by the work contract or the fellowship. Students earn about 2000 EUR (acorresponding to about 2200 USD) per month net, depending
on martial / family status.

Support in all administrative matters such as visa, housing etc.

Access to free German language classes

Compensation Notes

The compensation amounts are net pay. More detailed info on our website.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Aug 13
Application Deadline
2023 Nov 01
Reference Code
International Max Planck Research School on Astrophysics


Ms. Annette Hilbert