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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 2020.

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 :

  • FIRST : 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 funded subjects
  • 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 : https://ecole-doctorale-352.univ-am... .
Click the name of the advisor to obtain his or her CV. Some of these projects may have a co-funding. In this case, ED352 will provide the rest of the funding if selected.

Ph. D AdvisorSubject TitleCo-Funding (if any)
Boselli The role of the environment on galaxy evolution
Bouret MassivE sTars in mEtal pOor enviRonments (METEOR)
Choquet Development of advanced post-processing methods for the direct detection of exoplanets with ground-based high-contrast imagers
Deleuil Development and performance evaluation of a convolutional neural network for the detection and classification of planetary transits
Epinat Impact of kinematics on star-formation in external galaxies
Gry Physics of the diffuse interstellar medium via spectroscopy of the local clouds.
Ilbert Star Formation Histories of galaxies from deep multi-color images
Jullo Combining weak-lensing and galaxy-clustering to constraint cosmological parameters
Le Coroller K-stacker, an algorithm to hack the orbital parameters of planets hidden in the speckle residuals of high contrasts imaging and detect them
Pello Cosmic Reionization : The Privileged Combined View of MUSE and EMIR
Pieri Exploring the gaseous environment of galaxy formation with WEAVE-QSO
Tasca The first galaxies with ELT-MOSAIC
Theulé Astrochemistry of high-redshift galaxies
Zamkotsian Gravitational lensing of galaxy clusters and filaments : simulations and observations with BATMAN.
Zavagno Dynamics and star formation in the Galaxy : an extragalactic perspective
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
Beelen z-GAL : A redshift survey of the most brightest galaxies in the Universe ANR
Correia Optimisation of data-reduction from adaptive-optics assisted astronomical observations OPTICON/ H2020
Fusco Innovative Fourrier-based Wave-Front sensors for High Contrast Imaging : from laboratory to on-sky experimentation ONERA / INAF
Lagache Concerto : the promise of a new observational probe of dusty star-formation in post-reionisation and reionisation epoch (2 positions) ERC

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