The Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek (API) at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for ten or more PhD positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics. The positions are open to candidates from all countries and the Institute provides a stimulating, international environment in a city where English is a common language.

University of Amsterdam PhD students are fully-funded for four years and earn competitive salaries.  PhD students execute a vigorous research program, under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Positions will be available in all fields of research where the Institute is active, including exoplanets, protoplanetary disks and planet formation, massive stars and their formation, neutron stars and black holes, and cosmic explosions.  These positions will also run alongside the PhD program of the GRAPPA (GRavitation and AstroParticle Physics in Amsterdam) centre, in which the API plays a key role (see

Application information and a list of available projects can be found at
More positions may be added before the recruitment days in February.  It is not necessary for applicants to express a preference for projects, but applicants with interests in specific areas are welcome to note this in the cover letter for their application.

Applications should be submitted via an online form.  As well as providing details of at least two referees, applicants will need to upload a curriculum vitae, a transcript of university courses taken and grades obtained, and a cover letter which includes a brief statement of research
interests and experience.

Applicants with interests in both API and related GRAPPA topics are encouraged to apply to both programs.

The successful candidates must have a MSc degree (or equivalent) by the starting date. Typically, the starting dates will be in Autumn 2014, but this is negotiable.  Applications need to be submitted on or before December 1st, 2013.  By mid-December we will invite promising candidates for a presentation and interviews to be held on February 13 and 14, 2014.

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