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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 2018.

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 Samuel Boissier 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. ED 352 will then take the final decision, after interviews (16-17 May) and selections (end of May).
More details will be given here :

Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
ARNOUTS Stéphane Galaxy evolution within the cosmic web to z=2
BARGE Pierre Vortices in self-­‐gravitating protoplanetary disks
BOISSIER Samuel Star Formation and its history in nearby galaxies at low and high surface brightness
BOSELLI Alessandro The role of the environment on galaxy evolution
BOURET Jean-Claude Massive Stars in Low Metallicity Environments
BURGARELLA Denis Modelling and observing dust and stars in the First GigaYear of the Universe (MODUS)
Cuby Jean-Gabriel Searching high-z sources with EUCLID
Gry Cécile Physics of the diffuse interstellar medium via spectroscopy of the local clouds
LAGACHE Guilaine Mapping the dusty star formation at high redshift
LE COROLLER Herve Keplerian-Stacker, toward an optimized instrument to detect earth-like planets with the E-ELT
LIMOUSIN Marceau Strong Lensing Cosmography with Euclid and eBOSS Spectroscopy
MOUSIS Olivier Formation conditions of refractory materials in planetary environments
MOUSIS Olivier Investigating the formation conditions of the Jovian moons in the context of the ESA mission JUICE
Project co-funded by DGA-DSTL and proposed to CNES or ONERA for co-funding
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
FERRARI Marc Co-phasing of a deployable Cube-Sat for Earth and Space Observation
Project funded by A*MIDEX
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
BUAT Veronique A cosmic census of obscured star formation back to cosmic noon.
Project funded by ONERA
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
FUSCO Thierry Optimization of Fourier-based wavefront sensors for high
performance Adaptive Optics systems
Projects funded by the ERC
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
HUGOT Emmanuel Curved detectors for compact and high performance astronomical spectrographs
VIGAN Arthur Characterization of young giant exoplanets : from low to high spectral resolution

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