Otvoren konkurs za stipendirane doktorske studije na International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Universities of Bonn and Cologne, rok za prijavu 15. novembar 2013.

Call for Applications for PhD POSITIONS at International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Universities of Bonn and Cologne (www.mpifr.de/imprs). Deadline: November 15, 2013

General information:

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Astronomy and Astrophysics, is funded by the German Max Planck Society and is operated by the Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie (MPIfR) in collaboration with the Argelander Institut fur Astronomie (AIfA) of the University of Bonn and the I. Physikalisches Institut at the University of Cologne. It offers three-year financed PhD courses. The official language is English. Currently it hosts roughly 65 students from 20 countries around the world.

Fields of Research:

The IMPRS for Astronomy and Astrophysics offers a broad spectrum of topics in observational and theoretical, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, observational and theoretical cosmology, fundamental physics with astronomical tools and instrumentation:

  • AGN Astrophysics Structure and Kinematics of AGN Jets
  • Extragalactic Relativistic Flows
  • Multi-band Blazar Astrophysics
  • Multi-frequency AGN Polarimetry
  • VLBI Studies of AGNs
  • Infrared Interferometry of Disks and Jets of Young Stars
  • Protoplanetary Disks
  • Radiative Transfer Modeling
  • Galactic Masers
  • Infra-Red Interferometry of AGN
  • Gravitational Lensing
  • Galactic and Extragalactic Magnetic Fields
  • High Precision Astrometry
  • Stellar Astrophysics and Stellar Evolution
  • Supermassive Binary Black Holes in AGN
  • Stellar Population Studies
  • Astro-chemistry
  • Galactic Dynamics
  • Binary Pulsars
  • Neutron Stars
  • Experimental tests of gravity
  • Transient Radio Sky
  • Faraday Galaxy Tomography
  • Radio Pulsars
  • Gravitational Wave Detection with Pulsar Timing
  • Stellar Custer Dynamics
  • Dark Matter
  • Galactic Center Studies

Besides the expertise of the MPIfR in radio astronomy the IMPRS for Astronomy and Astrophysics provides the opportunity for scientific activity in almost all fields of contemporary astrophysics, techniques and energy bands.

A list of indicative PhD projects can be found at:


The IMPRS for Astronomy and Astrophysics offers a competitive PhD program on the basis of a structured curriculum, including:

The students are encouraged and funded to travel to international schools, conferences and the best observing facilities around the world. They are exposed to techniques and methods using state-of-the-art earth-bound or space observatories, such as the unique 100-m radio telescope in Effelsberg and the most advanced instruments in millimeter and sub-millimeter astronomy as well as high-energy band observatories

Application Procedure:

The call for applications is open until November 15, 2013. Encouraged to apply are students with a M.Sc. degree or diploma (including a written thesis) in Physics or closely related subjects. Solid astrophysical background is highly favoured.

All the details for application and admission can be found at the IMPRS website:

IMPRS Max-Planck-Institut ir Radioastronomie
Auf dem Hogel 69
D-53121 Bonn, Germany

Tel. +49 228 525 217
Fax. +49 228 525 229

IMPRS Speaker : Prof. Dr. J. Anton Zensus
IMPRS Coordinator: Dr. Emmanouil Angelakis
IMPRS Secretary : Mrs Simone Pott

NOTE: In special cases and after agreement with the corresponding scientists, applications can be processed before the normal deadline.