Background Image

The evolution through cosmic time of the outermost galaxy parts

University of Valladolid
Fecha inicio solicitud: 
Jue, 29/04/2021
Fecha límite solicitud: 
Lun, 07/06/2021


PhD programme:

The evolution through cosmic time of the outermost galaxy parts



Fernando Buitrago (University of Valladolid -Spain- and Institute of Astrophysics -Portugal-)



Astronomy and Astrophysics, Galaxy formation and evolution, Low Surface Brightness


Activities to be undertaken:

The student will focus his/her project on the low surface brightness structures in the galaxies' outermost parts, from the Local to the high redshift Universe. His/her work will be mainly devoted to the analysis and characterization of the simulations and first scientific data from the Euclid space observatory. Euclid will perform a galaxy survey encompassing an area equivalent to a third of the sky, with a depth and spatial resolution that will revolutionize our knowledge of the Universe. Dr. Fernando Buitrago (, the thesis' director, is the leader of the Euclid's package on "Low-surface-brightness, tidal features and stellar streams". Other data will complement this project, mainly from the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes.
The University of Valladolid is one of the oldest in Spain, and it is located in the center of the Castille and Leon region, only an hour by train from Madrid. It is a big and lively city, and surrounded by nature and artistic wonders. The student will become part of the Mathematical Physics department and in various international consortia (Local Universe and Galaxy Evolution in Euclid, Low Surface Brightness in the Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute, Galaxies Thematic Line in the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences).  
The position includes the salary and full Spanish social benefits, e.g. medical insurance and parental leave.


Student's skills:

We are looking for highly-motivated students that have studied (and finished at the time of signing the contract) a MSc in Science (be it Physics, Mathematics or any similar one).  We will assess the applicant's curriculum vitae, expertise in computing tools and programming languages (especially Python and Machine Learning), their English language aptitude and any other skill written in their CVs. Please also send two reference letters clearly stating how well the referee is acquaintanced with the student at, adding a cover letter where the students will explain the reasons to apply for this position. Reference letters must be sent directly from the appointed referees. The five candidates with the highest marks will have a personal online interview. The University of Valladolid actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply.
For any other clarification or question, or to send the applications, please write to Fernando Buitrago (


Link with all the information (first half in Spanish, second half in English):