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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 lists the proposed projects, to be started in October/November 2022.

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.

Applicants must have a solid physics background, and a Master degree (MSc) or equivalent by the time the position begins. Previous research experience and skills will be important criteria for the selection. The scholarships are available for 3 years.

Applications from national and international candidates are welcome. Working languages in the Laboratory are French and English ; support for French language courses is available (for free).

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.

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
Projects already fully funded

The funding of the four projects below is secured, through 3 years long scholarships each (Doctoral School award, CIFRE Thales or ANR program). Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.
The scholarships are open to national and international applicants and all are welcome to apply. Applicants are encouraged to contact the project supervisors for further information on the projects, the application procedure, and application package (see above).

Ph. D Advisor Subject TitleSource of Funding
Ciesla-Ilbert Star Formation Histories of galaxies from deep multi-color images ED fellowship awarded to LAM
Beuzit-Gach Study of new detector types in the SWIR : extension of the operating band beyond 1.7 μm CIFRE-Thales
Ferrari Metrology of large optical components at sub-nanometric level accuracy ANR LabCom NanoPtoV
Guari-Ferrari Optimization of surface chemistry processes for hyper-polished mirrors ANR LabCom NanoPtoV
Choquet-Vigan Development of image processing methods for the detection of exoplanets in reflected light with the NASA Roman Space Telescope ERC ESCAPE


Projects proposed for a grant from the Doctoral School ED 352

We expect that up to two other positions will be available from university allocations from the Doctoral School ED 352 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 (see subjects in the table below).
Some of these projects may have a co-funding. In this case, ED352 will provide the rest of the funding if selected.

The deadline for applications to ED352 PhD grants is March 15th.

Process :
Please contact the supervisor well in advance to get more details about the subject.
The Science Council of LAM and the Doctoral School of Aix Marseille University (ED 352) will organise interviews, usually in April/May.
Final selections will be made by ED 352 (usually end of May).
More details will be given here : https://ecole-doctorale-352.univ-am... .

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

Ph. D AdvisorSubject TitleCo-Funding (if any)
Boissier Studying the low surface brightness universe with CASTLE (the Calar Alto SchmidT-Lemaître Explorer) : Science preparation and exploitation
Bouret MassivE sTArs at Low metalLICities (METALLIC)
Buat Panchromatic analysis from the X-ray to the optical to characterize GRB and their
hosts : SVOM/COLIBRI synergy
Cantalloube-Vigan Alleviating the wind-driven halo with post-processing techniques for the detection of planetary systems by high-contrast imaging
Lagache Mapping the dusty star formation at high redshift with the NIKA2 Cosmological
Legacy Survey and NOEMA and ALMA follow-up observations
Lamy Understanding the microphysics of Jovian auroral radio emissions with Juno
Le Coroller K-Stacker, an algorithm to hack the orbital parameters of planets hidden in
the speckle residuals of high contrasts images, and to detect super-earth like planets with the
Extremely Large Telescope
Martinet-Arnouts Deep learning the Euclid data
Santerne Characterization of transiting exoplanets in the habitable zone CNES
Theulé High-redshift galaxies nebular emission line
Tresse Unveiling the high-z galaxy properties through deep JWST surveys
Vernazza Constraining the formation and evolution of Solar System small bodies
Zamkotsian-Schimd Gravitational lensing of galaxy clusters and filaments : simulations and observations by spectro-imagery
Zavagno High-mass stars’ feedback impact on star formation properties

Click the title for a detailed PhD subject and the name of the advisor to obtain his or her CV.

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