More than 20 PhD positions will be available in astronomy in the coming year in the context of the Netherlands Research School for
Astronomy (NOVA). NOVA is a federation of the astronomical institutes of the universities of Amsterdam, Groningen, Leiden and Nijmegen.
Topics include the formation and evolution of galaxies out to the highest redshifts, the formation of stars and planetary systems,
exo-planets, the astrophysics of compact objects, astroparticle physics, laboratory astrophysics and astronomical instrumentation.
Astronomers in the Netherlands have access to state-of-the-art telescopes and space observatories around the world.
The Netherlands has an internationally acknowledged reputation for research and education in astronomy. The PhD program is 4 yr, during
which the PhD students are appointed as civil servants and earn a competative salary. Individual projects can be found through www.nova-astronomy.nl/application. Deadlines vary per project and institute but can be as early as December 1 2012.
A Masters degree (or equivalent) in astronomy or a related field is required.
PhD students are appointed as civil servants with full social benefits.