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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 2019.

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 recommendation (internship supervisor, formation chair)
  • 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 planned deadlines for applications (please visit the page again for updates) are :

  • March 15th for CNES
  • April 1rst for Doctoral School

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. Please contact the supervisor well in advance with respect to this date. Only one student per project will be selected by LAM. By the end of April, 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 make the final decision, after interviews (usually in May) and selections (usually end of May).
More details will be given here :
Click the name of the advisor to obtain his or her CV. Some of these projects have a co-funding from CNES, IRAM, or ONERA. In this case, ED352 will provide the rest of the funding if selected.

Ph. D Advisor Subject TitleCo-Funding (if any)
BEELEN Alexandre, LAGACHE Guilaine Mapping the dusty star formation at high redshift with the NIKA 2 cosmological legacy survey IRAM
BETHERMIN Matthieu Carbon as a tracer of the interstellar medium of the first massive galaxies in the Universe
BOISSE Isabelle High-precision radial-velocity for exoplanet characterisation : follow-up of the transiting candidates from the North (SOPHIE) to the South (NIRPS/HARPS)
BOSELLI Alessandro The role of the environment on galaxy evolution
BOURET Jean-Claude Massive Stars in Low Metallicity Environments
CHOQUET Elodie Developing new image processing techniques for the detection of exoplanetary systems with ground-based high contrast imaging instruments
CUBY Jean-Gabriel probing the high z universe at the epoch of reionisation CNES
DELEUIL Magali modeling the populations of the low mass planets : transition between super earths and mini neptunes
FUSCO Thierry,MOUSIS Olivier Exploitation of the ultimate spatial and spectral resolution of the ELT by coupling PSF prediction and 3D deconvolution : Application to Solar System objects observations ONERA
LE COROLLER Hervé K-Stacker, an algorithm to hack the orbital parameters of planets hidden in the speckle residuals of high contrasts imaging and detect them
LIMOUSIN Marceau, Eric Jullo Strong Lensing Cosmography with Euclid and HST Frontier Fields EUCLID-CNES
MOUSIS Olivier Investigating the formation conditions of the Jovian moons in the context of the ESA/JUICE and NASA/Europa-Clipper missions
NEZRI EMMANUEL Cosmological simulations of Milky-Way like galaxies and dark matter phenomenotogy
VERNAZZA Pierre,JORDA Laurent Constraining the Formation and Evolution of The largest Main belt Asteroids
Projects already fully funded

The funding of these projects is secured. Contact should be made directly with the advisor.

Ph. D Advisor Subject TitleSource of Funding
BOISSE Isabelle Optimization of the SPIRou data processing : improve exoplanet detection and characterisation around low mass stars ANR
THEULE Patrice molecular dynamics in interstellar ice. ITN
VIGAN Arthur Prototype instrument for the direct characterization of young giant exoplanets. ERC
GACH Jean-Luc / FERRARI Marc Study of new detector types in the SWIR (Short Wave InfraRed) : extension of the operating band beyond 1.7μm THALES Group

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