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Applying for a PhD position at Leiden Observatory

Please note that the information on this website is from last year. Leiden Observatory anticipates a new call for PhD applicants with a deadline of December 1st 2015. More information will follow.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a PhD position at Leiden Observatory. Applications are accepted only through our online application site. Follow this link for more information. The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is December 1, 2014.

Some information

Leiden Observatory ("Sterrewacht Leiden"), founded in 1633, is the oldest university astronomy department in the world with a distinguished history. The work of famous astronomers such as De Sitter, Hertzsprung, Oort, Blaauw, and Van de Hulst made Leiden an internationally renowned center of astronomical research.

We are therefore pleased to announce a general call for several PhD positions with an application deadline of December 1, 2014. Positions are available in all the research areas in which the Observatory is active. This includes cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, interstellar matter and star formation, stars and planetary systems, computational astrophysics, high energy astrophysics, laboratory astrophysics, astrochemistry, and instrumentation. The starting dates are negotiable.

In addition we would like to encourage outstanding candidates to also consider applying for a Leiden/Huygens Fellowship. Note the later deadline of January 15, 2015 and the fact that the procedure for applying is separate from our general call.

PhD students from Leiden succeed exceptionally well on the international job market. One of the most prestigious fellowships in world astronomy is NASA's Hubble fellowship. More astronomers with a doctoral degree from Leiden have won Hubble fellowships than from any other university outside the USA. Many of the faculty members, PhD students, and undergraduates have an international background. English is the common language.

Like last year the "Leiden de Sitter Cosmology Programme", a joint effort with the Leiden Lorentz Institute for theoretical physics is available. This interdisciplinary programme focuses on the interplay between observational cosmology and the physics of the early universe. PhD students in the de Sitter programme will be supervised jointly by members of the physics and astronomy departments, and are invited to (help) propose their own research programme. We hope to appoint at least two students in this challenging programme. For more details, go to www.leidendesitter.nl. The application procedure and deadline are the same as for the general PhD call, but please indicate in the cover letter your interest to be considered for the de Sitter fellowship.


Some examples of possible PhD projects
PhD program at Leiden Observatory
Research carried out at Leiden Observatory
A century of Leiden PhD graduates

In addition, Leiden University also maintains a site with practical information about studying in the Netherlands as well as a general page with information on obtaining a PhD.

Graduate Students are members of the graduate school faculty of science.