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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 all projects except for OCEVU - april, 30th

The calendar will be the following : canditate selection end of April and Results end of June

Doctorate starting in october 2015

Funding has been requested and a decision will be taken in the course of the first semester of 2015 (dates depending on the funding agency).

Projects proposed for a grant from the Doctoral School ED 352

Process : First candidates will be selected by LAM, than, ED 352 will take the final decision, after interview and selections, in June 2015.

Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
AMRAM Philippe Evolution of Star Forming Galaxies
BARGE Pierre Forming planetesimals in vortices
BOURET Jean-Claude SEAMMS : Structure, Evolution and Atmosphere Models of Massive Stars, from the Main-Sequence to Core Collapse
BOSELLI Alessando The role of the environment on galaxy evolution
BURGARELLA Denis Simulating Space Spectroscopic Observations of the First Galaxies
EPINAT Benoit Galaxy mass assembly in dense environments
JORDA Laurent Study of cometary activity processes in the framework of the Rosetta mission
LIMOUSIN Marceau Strong lensing by massive galaxy clusters : dark matter properties & gravitational telescope
NEZRI Emmanuel Complementarity between direct and indirect dark matter searches in consistent Galactic modelings
SCHIMD Carlo Mass assembly and peculiar velocities on cosmological scales : relativistic effects beyond the ^CDM model
VIGAN Arthur Giant Exoplanet validation and characterization with direct imaging
Funded by Labex FOCUS & CEA-LETI
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
HUGOT Emmanuel Détecteurs courbes et déformables : applications multidisciplinaires, zooms multi pupillaires
Funded by Labex OCEVU :How to apply
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
BUAT Véronique Identification and modelisation of very-high redshift galaxies in Herschel cosmological surveys
Project half-granted by CNES
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
BASA Stephane Exploring the dawn of the Universe with the Sino-French SVOM mission
Projects half-granted by ONERA
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
FUSCO Thierry Optimal wavefront control for high contrast imaging : application to segmented mirrors cophasing
FERRARI Marc Space active optics for wide field imaging
Other project (Industrial grant)
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
FERRARI Marc High performance large lightweight mirrors for Space and Earth observations


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