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 PhD Programme

The Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille of the Aix-Marseille University/CNRS invites applications for its PhD programme.

This page contains the proposed subjects for the next academic year, and a set of relevant documents at the time of the registration.



The Laboratory has major research and training facilities in observational, instrumental and theoretical astronomy, and is a strong participant in space and ground based instrumentation and astronomical surveys.

Positions are available in all the research areas in which the Laboratory is active. These include cosmology and large scale structure, galaxy formation and evolution, star formation and interstellar medium, stars and extrasolar planets, solar system and astronomical optics and instrumentation.

Applicants must have a solid physics background, and a Masters degree or equivalent by the time the position is begun. Previous research experience and skills will be important criteria for the selection. The PhD positions are not restricted by nationality.

Working languages in the Laboratory are French and English ; support for French language courses is available.

The fellowships are available for 3 years.

Candidates should contact the PhD proponant before sending their application.

Application package :

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • 2 lettres of recommandation
  • Copy of diploma
  • Marks and ranking since the first University years

Application has to be sent (in .pdf) to Nataly Garcia : nataly.garcia@lam.fr

The deadlines for application are :

March 15th for CNES projects
April 30th for AMU/DGA projects
April 1st for all other projects.

Doctorate starting in october 2014

Funding has been requested and a decision will be taken in the course of the first semester of 2014 (dates depending on the funding agency).

Projects proposed for a grant from the Doctoral School ED 352
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
AMRAM Philippe Evolution of Star Forming Galaxies
BARGE Pierre Dust-laden vortices in protoplanetary disks
BUAT Veronique Identification and modelling of very high redshift galaxies in Herschel cosmological surveys
CATTANEO Andrea Star formation feedback in galaxy formation and evolution
CUBY Jean Gabriel Massively parallel spectroscopic instrumentation and study of the high redshift Universe
ZAVAGNO Annie The formation of massive stars
Project already half-granted by CNES
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
LEBRUN Vincent Spectral analysis of the EUCLID survey data
Projects already fully granted
Ph. D Advisor Subject TitleGrant
JULLO Eric Cosmography with strong lensing in galaxy clusters Labex OCEVU
NEICHEL Benoit /
FUSCO Thierry
Development of new data reduction and analysis tools for Wide‐Field Adaptive Optics (Closed) ONERA
and ANR Wasabi
FERRARI Marc /
HUGOT Emmanuel
Optical complex systems for high angular resolution imaging : focal plane design and space detectors curvature (Closed) Aix-Marseille University
and DGA Partners Club
ZAMKOTSIAN Frédéric Co‐integrated micro‐mirror array and its control electronics : application in multi‐object spectroscopy in astronomy (Closed) Internal grant on CNES/ESA projects
Studentship ESO
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
VIGAN Arthur Investigating the formation processes of brown-dwarfs and giant planets with direct imaging


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