PhD Position in Astrophysics at Ludwig Maximilians University

Deadline: 15 November 2015
Open to: students from all around the world with MA in Physics or Astrophysics
Scholarship: EUR 1400 per month


Ludvig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich has matured into one of the world’s leading international universities, fully competitive with the other major institutions of higher learning and research. It continues to build on its distinct identity and its core skills in research and instruction in order to confront both academic challenges and the hugely complex demands of changing world.

The joint International Max-Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Astrophysics consists of:

  • The Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE)
  • The Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA)
  • The University Observatory Munich (USM)
  • The European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Together, IMPRS forms one of the largest centers of astrophysical research in the world, covering every subject from planets, stars, and galaxies to cosmology. Access to the world’s largest telescopes and a stimulating scientific environment provide students with the ideal conditions for their PhD research. IMPRS offers  up to 25 PhD positions.


  • Applicants must have a Master degree in Physics or Astrophysics;
  • Applicants holding a Bachelor degree have to apply to the Master of Astrophysics (or Master of Physics) Program at the LMU before  they can be admitted to the IMPRS PhD program to obtain a PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (applications are encouraged even if the degree will not be obtained before 15 November 2015);
  • Candidates whose native language is not English or German are required to provide a certificate documenting proficiency in English, for example TOEFL (IbT of at least 94 points) or IELTS (of at least 7 points) or equivalent.


Successful applicants with a MSc degree will receive a work contract of about EUR 1400 per month, (depending on family status) for a maximum period of three years if required.

How to apply?

Applications for the program starting in September 2016 can be submitted to the Admission Office until 15 November 2015. Applications will nonetheless be accepted until all positions are filled. A complete application must include the following documents:

  • A fully filled-in online application form, including a list of all courses and credits;
  • Curriculum vitae as PDF file in the upload area of the application form;
  • Three letters of recommendation uploaded by your referees, for more information follow the instructions in the online application form;
  • Copies of all academic certificates including High School Diploma, MSc, BSc, etc. as one PDF file in the uploaded area of the application form (originals must be presented, if you are invited for an interview);
  • Copy of your MSc thesis (with English abstract if the thesis is not written in English) or preliminary master thesis abstract as PDF file in the upload area;
  • Proof of English Language ability when applicable (e.g. transcript of TOEFL / IELTS scores or equivalent; our TOEFL Institution and Department Code is 8223).

For more information please visit the official website.

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