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 PhD Programme

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

This page contains the proposed projects, to be started in October/November 2017.

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 planetary formation, and astronomical optics and instrumentation.

Applicants must have a solid physics background, and a Master 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 (for free).

The fellowships are available for 3 years.

Application package MUST include :

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

Whatever the project, the application procedure is the following :

  • Students interested by one or more projects have to contact the PhD supervisor(s)
  • After discussion, students have to send their application directly to the supervisor(s).
    Candidates applying to several projects have to specify priorities in their choice.

The Deadlines for application are :

  • March 15th for CNES
  • April 1rst for Doctoral School
  • April 10th for the AMU interdisciplinary PhD

For questions on the procedure and selection process, contact Annie Zavagno at LAM ( For any question on a specific project, contact directly the supervisor.

Projects proposed for a grant from the Doctoral School ED 352

Process : Application deadline is April 1rst. Only one student per project will be selected by LAM. By the end of April 2017, six two-person teams (student+supervisor) will be selected by the LAM for funding request to the doctoral school (ED). The LAM selection will be discussed at the Scientific Council of April, the 27th. ED 352 will then take the final decision, after interviews (mid May) and selections (end of May).
More details will be given here :

Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
AMRAM Philippe Kinematics and mass distribution of spiral and irregular galaxies
ARNOUTS Stéphane Exploring the cosmic web at high redshift and improving photometric redshifts for future spatial missions.
BARGE Pierre Forming planetesimals in vortices
BOISSIER Samuel Star Formation on galaxy scales in the nearby and distant universe
BOSELLI Alessandro The role of the environment on galaxy evolution
BOURET Jean-Claude Massive Stars in Low Metallicity Environments
BUAT Veronique The cosmic census of the galaxies in the distant universe
BURGARELLA Denis Modelling Stars and Dust during the First GigaYear of the Universe (MODUS)
EPINAT Benoit Galaxy mass assembly in dense environments
Gry Cécile Physics of the diffuse interstellar medium via spectroscopy of the local clouds
LAGACHE Guilaine Mapping the dusty star formation at high redshift with the new NIKA2 instrument
LE COROLLER Herve Keplerian-Stacker, toward an optimized instrument to detect earthlike planets with the E-ELT
LIMOUSIN Marceau Strong Lensing Cosmography with Euclid and BOSS Spectroscopy
LIMOUSIN Marceau Weak Lensing mass mapping with Euclid and DECaLS
MOUSIS Olivier The fate of volatile and refractory components from circumstellar disks to low-­‐mass planets
SANTERNE Alexandre Revealing the diversity of small worlds with K2 and HARPS
TASCA Lidia The morphological transformation of galaxies over cosmic time
VIGAN Arthur High-spectral resolution characterization of directly imaged exoplanets
ZAVAGNO Annie The interplay between ionized regions and star formation
Projects accepted for co-funding with the CNES Space National Agency
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
LE FEVRE Olivier The first galaxies reionizing the Universe at 6<z<15 as seen with JWST and Euclid
Projects co-funded by the CNES Space National Agency and Thales-Alenia-Space
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
ZAMKOTSIAN Frédéric Next generation compact spectro-imagers for Universe and Earth Observation (co-funded by Thales Alenia Space)
Projects co-funded by Thales-Alenia-Space and proposed to Region co-funding
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
FERRARI Marc Innovative Focal Planes for High Angular Resolution Earth Observation (co-funded by Thales Alenia Space)
Projects co-funded through the AMU and DGA partnership
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
FUSCO Thierry Toward efficient data processing techniques for high-angular resolution images in the visible. Application to satellite and astronomical observations
Project co-funded by AMU and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions from European Commission.
Interdisciplinary PhD in collaboration with the Institut des Neurosciences de la Timone
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
SAUVAGE jean-François Innovative optics to unveil brain activity at unexplored scales

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