PhD Program in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Leiden University

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
Universiteit Leiden
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Leiden Observatory invites applications for approximately 6-10 new PhD positions.

The four-year PhD program consists mostly of research under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Positions are available in all the research areas in which the Observatory is active. These include cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, interstellar matter and star formation, stars and planetary systems, computational astrophysics, high energy astrophysics, laboratory astrophysics, astrochemistry, and instrumentation. More information about research at Leiden Observatory can be found at

Leiden Observatory, founded in 1633, is the oldest university astronomy department in the world. With about 35 faculty, over 40 postdoctoral associates and about 65 PhD students it is the largest astronomy department in the Netherlands. Leiden is a charming university town with an international flair. Most Leiden researchers have an international background. English is the common language.

During their thesis, Leiden PhD students are paid as civil servants, which means that they earn competitive salaries (the current annual gross salary, including allowances, increases from about EUR 34,000 in year 1 to about EUR 43,000 in year 4) and are eligible for both social security and retirement benefits. PhD positions are funded for four years.

Application forms and instructions are available at Applicants are requested to upload a curriculum vitae, a list of all university courses taken and transcripts of grades obtai\
ned, brief statements of research interests and experience, and the contact information for at least two referees.

The successful candidates must have a MSc degree (or equivalent) by the starting date. The starting dates are negotiable.

Complete applications received by November 15, 2023 will receive full consideration.

The positions are open to candidates from all countries. The research will be carried out in the framework of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA). More information about the PhD program at Leiden Observatory can be found at

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$34,000USD to $43,000USD
Included Benefits

Leiden University offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity and parental leave, and retirement benefits. Health care insurance amounts to approx. 110 euro/month/person (children are free).

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Sep 20
Application Deadline
2023 Nov 15