1 PhD position in theoretical and computational astrophysics

Applications are open for a PhD student position in theoretical and computational astrophysics at the Department of Astronomy of the Geneva University to start in the early 2020. The successful candidates will work within the group of Prof. Georges Meynet on the research field of the physics of the first stellar generations in the Universe, in the framework of the ERC Advanced Grant STAREX.

The Geneva Observatory and the associated Laboratory of Astrophysics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) carry out observational, interpretative, and theoretical research in the fields of extra-solar planets, stellar physics, high energy astrophysics, galaxy evolution and dynamics, and observational cosmology, providing a rich and vibrant research environment.

The PhD project will run in parallel to the COST Action entitled “Chemical Elements as Tracers of the Evolution of the Cosmos” (ChETEC, see for more details). The ChETEC COST Action will offer great opportunities (training, networking, collaborations with both academic and industrial partners) for the successful candidate.

The call is open for candidates with a solid background in physics or astronomy, and the application should consist of

  • a cover letter explaining the motivation for seeking a PhD in theoretical and computational astrophysics and especially the aforementioned research field,
  • a statement outlining any research experience so far,
  • a CV,
  • a copy of the Bachelor and Master academic record (exams, theses, and grades).

Candidates should also provide names and e-mail addresses of at least two references. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to georges.meynet(at) 

Complete applications received by 30 November 2019 will receive full consideration, but the call will remain open until the position is filled. Preliminary inquiries may be addressed via e-mail to georges.meynet(at) 

Included benefits: 

 Generous salary (~50’000-60’000 CHF), standard Swiss social security, accident insurance, pension contributions, maternal leave and access to family support programs (see: