We are recruiting excellent undergraduates for our PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University. Our department is rapidly growing, and our new PhD students will join students, postdocs, and faculty working on telescopic observations of our Solar System and other planetary systems; spacecraft explorations of Mars and other bodies in our Solar System; “big data” science, in preparation for LSST; and astrophysical laboratory experiments, among other topics. We enjoy unparalleled telescope access and rich collaborations with neighboring institutions Lowell Observatory and the US Geological Survey/Astrogeology Branch.

Flagstaff is a beautiful four seasons mountain town that is surrounded by national forest; nearly every kind of outdoor activity takes place within minutes of downtown’s excellent food/coffee/beer/art scene.

Applications are due January 15, but preference will be given to applications that are received by January 1. For more information, including list of current faculty and their research interests, as well as how to apply to our program, please see

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of our department for additional information. You may also send queries to We look forward to hearing from you!