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PhD study in astronomy covers broad range of theoretical and observational research subjects, from analysis of optically variable objects (like accreting binary stars or active galactic nuclei), high energy astrophysics, multiwavelength astronomy, radioastronomy, relativistic astrophysics and cosmology.
Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University participates in ESO, has access to the SALT optical telescope, collaborates in HESS and CTA projects  (gamma-ray astrophysics) as well as in the network of LOFAR radio telescopes array, also participate in the VIRGO gravitational waves detector. Our researches use also several world class Earth bound radio (VLA, 100m Effelsberg) and space (Chandra, XMM, Fermi) observatories.

Program kształcenia [obowiązuje od roku akademickiego 2019/2020 do 2021/2022; PL]
Program kształcenia [obowiązuje od roku akademickiego 2022/2023; PL]

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Open calls:

How to apply?

The recruitment for the 2024/2025 academic year is planned to be in June 2024.
The details will be announced in February.

The second round of recruitment for the 2023/2024 academic year has been announced. According to the schedule, the Online Application System will be open from 1 to 20 June 2023. Please read the text below to familiarize yourself with the rules and documents required for the recruitment process.

Admission rules for the Doctoral Studies (DS) in Astronomy

1. Candidates for the PhD studies in astronomy are required to:

  • present high marks of the exams in their study in mathematics and physics;
  • have a M. Sc. diploma in astronomy, physics, or a related subject area;
  • obtain a written agreement by one of our Faculty members to supervise the candidate studies;
  • be positively evaluated in the interview.

2. When applying to be enrolled to the PhD studies, a candidate is obliged to provide to the secretary office of the Astronomical Observatory of Jagiellonian University the following items:

  • a letter of application;
  • a resumé (CV), including information about the scientific achievements to date, if any;
  • a copy of the M.Sc. diploma; if still pending, a certificate of passing the master's examination;
  • a supplement to the M.Sc. diploma;
  • an email address to a senior scientist, who will agree to write a reference letter;
  • written consent of a Faculty member to supervise the applying student;
  • a statement of the grade point average earned in the course of graduate studies;
  • a document to indicate a level of proficiency in English;
  • a personal data form;
  • three recent photographs.

3. During the interview the candidates can expect to be inquired about their graduate studies and their M.Sc. thesis's topic matter, their hitherto scientific achievements, as well as their research, and plans to be carried out in the course of their PhD studies in astronomy.

4. A decision concerning the candidate's acceptance as well as granting him a stipend in the first year of PhD studies will be based on the results of the interview.

PhD Supervisors

The list of Possible PhD Supervisors is available under the link.