PhD Student

Last application date
Feb 29, 2020 09:18
WE05 - Department of Physics and astronomy
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Master degree in Physics, Astrophysics, or a similar field
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the field of astrochemistry at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Ghent University (Belgium) and at the Laboratoire d'Etudes du Rayonnement et de la Matière (LERMA) of CY Cergy Paris University (France). 

Ghent is located in the Flemish speaking part of Belgium, some 50 km north of Brussels. Ghent is renowned for its beautiful medieval town centre, its lively cultural and music scene, and its vibrant student life. Ghent University is an international, highly rated university with more than 40,000 students. The astronomy group's expanding research interests include supernovae, nearby galaxies, infrared astronomy, hydrodynamical simulations/radiative transfer, galaxy formation and evolution, high-redshift observations and observational cosmology.

Neuville sur Oise, where the laboratory is located, is in the Paris region. It is at 40 minutes from Paris Chatelet by RER A. CY Cergy Paris University has about 20,000 students and is member of the EUTOPIA ( European University. The research will be conducted on the FORMOLISM2 experimental set-up.

Profile of the candidate

The successful applicant will conduct laboratory experiments at LERMA ( to measure the diffusion and desorption energies for a range of elements and interstellar dust proxies. The results of these laboratory experiments will be used by the successful candidate to infer whether a viable chemical formation route to grow grains in the interstellar medium exists. The successful candidate will need to take part in the laboratory experiments during a few months each year, but the residence location (Ghent or Cergy-Paris) for the remaining research time will be negotiable. The position is fully funded for four years, with sufficient funding for short and long-term visits to the partner institutes. On the project start date the Candidates must possess a Master degree in Physics, Astrophysics, or a similar field. Prior experience with laboratory experiments and/or astrochemical modelling would be an asset, but is not required. 

How to apply

Informal inquires are welcome (, and applications sent by February 28, 2020 will be fully considered. Applicants should submit their CV and arrange for two reference letters to be sent by February 28, 2020 to The starting date can be as early as September 1st 2020 and should be no later than January 1st 2021. The student will obtain a double degree awarded by each of the two universities, and will be able to attend doctoral courses at both institutions. The working language and the writing of the thesis will be in English.