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Two PhD Positions - The Milky Way in the Gaia Era

The observational and theoretical astrophysics group at Lund Observatory is engaged in on-going and future European space missions, e.g., Gaia and PLATO, as well as in ground-based studies of the Milky Way as a Galaxy, e.g. Gaia-ESO Survey and 4MOST.

We are now looking for two PhD students to join our teams in the study of the Milky Way.

The applicants are expected to hold a master degree in physics or astrophysics. Past studies in astronomy is not a prerequisite for a successful application.

The successful applicants are expected to work with Sofia Feltzing (Star formation of the thick disk) and with David Hobbs and Paul McMillan (Galactic dynamics in the Gaia era).

The starting date is flexible, but preferably not later than October 2017. The positions are fully funded for four years.

Candidates should apply via the online application system, where all instructions are available. The deadline for applications is 10 January 2017. Names and contact information for three persons willing to give references should also be supplied. All need to be submitted using the online application system at:

Position 1: Star formation of the thick disk
Position 2: Galactic dynamics in the Gaia era

Applicants are encouraged to address initial informal enquiries about these posts to either Prof. Sofia Feltzing ( or Dr. David Hobbs ( and Dr. Paul McMillan (

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Last updated: 2016, November 25

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