Career

Studying at MPA

The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Garching invites students to carry out their research at MPA. We welcome applicants from Germany and abroad. In principle there are two options for doing research at MPA:

Bachelor/Master Thesis
PhD Thesis

Bachelor's or Master's thesis

If you are interested in writing your bachelor- or master-thesis in cooperation with your current university and the MPA, please contact the head of the research group you are interested in.

You can find more information about the scientific work at MPA on the webpages of the various research areas:

PhD thesis

A dissertation in cooperation with MPA can be done as an individually supervised project or through participation in our PhD-programme IMPRS.

International Max-Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Astrophysics

In collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), the Observatory of the Ludwig Maximilians University (USM), and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), MPA offers excellent research opportunities in theoretical and observational astrophysics for IMPRS students, covering all wavelengths from radio waves to gamma rays. Students conduct their graduate studies in a very stimulating environment and have the opportunity to develop a broad background in astrophysics beyond their own dedicated research project. The MPA is one of the most renowned institutions for theoretical and computational astrophysics. Graduate students will receive comprehensive training in theoretical and observational astronomy covering the whole spectrum of research activities present in the participating institutes.

Link to the IMPRS web pages

You can find more information about the scientific work at MPA on the webpages of the various research areas:

Programs for PhD students:

It’s a network of Max Planck PhD students! This portal serves as a platform for exchange among doctoral researchers at Max Planck Institutes.

Max Planck PhDnet

It’s a network of Max Planck PhD students! This portal serves as a platform for exchange among doctoral researchers at Max Planck Institutes. [more]

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation

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