The International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy & Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD) invites highly-qualified students aiming for a doctoral degree in astrophysics to apply by November 17, 2014 for the academic year starting September 2015.

An earlier start of the research work is possible.

Applicants are generally required to expect a MSc (or equivalent) in Physics or Astronomy, including an extensive MSc thesis and a very good physics background. For further information about IMPRS Heidelberg and details of the application procedure, we refer to our web-site at:

The scientific environment in Heidelberg provides outstanding research facilities with access to ground-based and space telescopes as well as high-performance computers.

The following institutions of the Max Planck Society and Heidelberg University take part in IMPRS-HD:

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
Astronomisches Rechen-Institut
Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
Landessternwarte Koenigstuhl
Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies

A wide range of astrophysical topics is covered in Heidelberg, among them:

Planet & Star Formation
Metal-Poor Stars
Extrasolar Planets & Substellar Objects
Formation, Evolution & Dynamics of Galaxies
Cosmology & Structure Formation