Applications are invited for the doctoral program (Heidelberg, Germany)



Applications are invited for the doctoral program (Heidelberg, Germany)

Applications are invited for the doctoral program of the
-> International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy &
-> Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD)
starting summer/autumn 2013.

Our school is located in Heidelberg, Germany, a beautiful old university town. The scientific environment in Heidelberg provides outstanding research facilities and a training program covering a wide range of research topics with access to ground-based and space telescopes as well as high-performance computers. The following institutions of Max Planck Society and Heidelberg University take part in IMPRS-HD:

-> Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
-> Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
-> Astronomisches Rechen-Institut
-> Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
-> Landessternwarte Koenigstuhl
-> Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies


IMPRS-HD is an independent part of the Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics.

A wide range of astrophysical topics is covered in Heidelberg, among them ** planet & star formation, metal-poor stars ** extrasolar planets & substellar objects ** astrometry ** formation, evolution & dynamics of galaxies ** active galactic nuclei & massive black holes ** gravitational lensing ** cosmology & structure formation ** high energy astrophysics, cosmic rays & the search for non-baryonic dark matter ** state-of-the-art instrumentation for astronomy & astro-particle physics **.

IMPRS-HD is open for students from all countries. We offer several 3-year fellowships available to international and German students. We invite highly-qualified and well-motivated students aiming for a doctoral degree in astrophysics to apply by December 1, 2012 for the academic year starting Sept. 2013. An earlier start of the research work is possible.

Applicants are required to have a Master's or Diploma in Physics or Astronomy (or equivalent) including a corresponding thesis and a very good physics background. For further information about IMPRS Heidelberg and details of the application procedure, we refer to our web-site at