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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 subjects for the next academic year, and a set of relevant documents at the time of the registration.



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 Masters 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. Note that for the OCEVU fundings, the application must follow the procedure described here.

The Deadlines for application are :

  • March 15th for CNES
  • March 31th for OCEVU
  • April 1rst for Doctoral School

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

Doctorates starting in October 2016

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 2016, six two-person teams (student+supervisor) will be selected for funding request. ED 352 will then take the final decision, after interviews (mid May) and selections (May, the 31srt).
More details will be given here : http://ed352.sciences.univmed.fr/co.... On March, the 8th, this page is still to be updated by the Doctoral school.

Note that internally at LAM, received applications will be discussed at the Scientific Council of March, the 29th.

Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
AMRAM Philippe Evolution of Star Forming Galaxies
ARNOUTS Stéphane Exploring the impact of dust treatment in photometric redshifts for cosmological surveys and application with the upcoming HSC Deep Survey
BARGE Pierre Dust-laden vortices in protoplanetary disks
BOISSE Isabelle Optimize exoplanets detection around M stars with NIR spectrograph
BOSELLI Alessandro The role of the environment on galaxy evolution
BUAT Veronique Modeling the X-ray emission of galaxies
BURGARELLA Denis Studying and Modelling the Observations of Galaxies in the Early Universe (5 < z < 20)
LE COROLLER Herve New techniques and reduction methods for increasing the contrast limit with direct imaging instruments. Toward an optimized instrument to detect earth-like planets with the E-ELT
DELSANTI Audrey "Origins of the Outer Solar System : cosmogonic implications of the dynamical and physical properties of the Trans‐Neptunian objects and related populations
EPINAT Benoit Galaxy mass assembly in dense environments
JULLO Eric Probing cosmology with weak lensing high-order statistics
LAGACHE Guilaine Mapping the dusty star formation at high redshift with the new NIKA2 instrument
SCHIMD Carlo Velocity and density fields on cosmological scales : non-linear reconstruction methods and applications to the Euclid spectroscopic survey
DE LA TORRE Sylvain The role of the cosmic web in shaping the structure and galaxy formation in the distant Universe with the VIPERS spectroscopic survey
VERNAZZA Pierre Determining the spatial origin of meteroites with the FRIPON network
VIGAN Arthur Giant Exoplanet Characterization with Direct Imaging using VLT/SPHERE
Project funded by the "Excellence Laboratory" Labex OCEVU :How to apply
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
LAGACHE Guilaine Revisiting kSZ and ISW measurements with Planck - Implication for the standard model of Cosmology
NEZRI Emmanuel Indirect searches for Dark Matter towards the Sun with neutrinos
Project co-funded by CNES Space National Agency
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
LE FEVRE Olivier The properties of the first galaxies reionizing the Universe at 5.5<z<7.5, prospect for JWST and Euclid (co-funded with ED)
PIERI Matthew Characterizing the circum-Galactic medium with observations in emission and absorption (co-funded with ESO)
Project funded by Space Industry
Ph. D Advisor Subject Title
FERRARI Marc High performance large lightweight mirrors for Space and Earth observations


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