1 PhD position in theoretical stellar astrophysics and asteroseismology


Applications are open for 1 full-time 4-year PhD student position in theoretical and computational astrophysics at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Geneva to start in spring 2020. The position is associated with the SNF-funded Ambizione project “Seismic inversions and modelling of transport processes inside stars”, lead by Dr. Gaël Buldgen. The successful candidate will work on asteroseismic inferences of the internal structure of low-mass main-sequence and evolved stars.

The project focuses on the development, improvement and application of asteroseismic modelling techniques, with an emphasis on seismic inversions. The project will couple the use of advanced seismic inference methods to the implementation and testing of transport mechanisms in the Geneva stellar evolution code for CoRoT , Kepler and TESS targets.  

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.

Candidates are expected to have a solid background in physics or astronomy. The application should consist of a cover letter explaining the motivation for seeking a PhD in stellar physics and asteroseismology, a statement outlining any previous research experience (less than 1 page each), a CV, and a copy of the Bachelor and Master academic record (exams, theses, and grades). Candidates should also provide names and up-to-date e-mail addresses of at least two references. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to Gael.Buldgen(at)

Complete applications received by the 30th  of September 2018 will receive full consideration, but the call will remain open until the position is filled. Preliminary inquiries may be addressed via e-mail to Gael.Buldgen(at)

Included Benefits: 

Brutto Salary (~47’000-50’000 CHF), Standard Swiss Social Security, Accident Insurance, Pension contributions, Maternal leave and access to family support programs (see: