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PhD position in Extragalactic Astronomy

ICCUB and Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics, Physics Faculty, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
Fecha inicio solicitud: 
Jue, 08/10/2020
Fecha límite solicitud: 
Mar, 27/10/2020


Our research group at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences in the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) is looking for a Doctoral candidate (PhD student) to work in the field of Extragalactic Astronomy.

We offer a pre-doctoral contract of up to 4 years in total funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through its FPI 2020 call.


Our grup has an ample trajectory in the field of galaxy formation and evolution by means of theoretical modelling of evolutionary mechanisms, numerical simulations of galaxies in associations and statistical computing applied to large datasets.

The scientific interests range from to the study of the nurturing effects of the environment on galaxies, through the phenomenon of active galaxy nuclei, to the formation of the diffuse intergalactic light.

We also have important national and international collaborations and participate in several observational projects involving top-level ground-based facilities such as the CAHA 3.5m telescope at Calar Alto, MeerKAT and the VLA.


The successful candidate is expected to submit a PhD thesis before the end of the contract. He/she will conduct research in the life history of present-day lenticular galaxies. The main goal of the thesis will be to look for possible differences in the evolutionary paths that these objects follow according to the environmnet in which they reside and identify the physical mechanisms driving them.

This subject will be approached from the perspective of a comprehensive analysis of photometric and spectral measurements of the local lenticular galaxy population, with special emphasis in the exploitation of the large database of spatially resolved spectra provided by the SDSS survey MaNGA.


Suitable candidates are those who are enrolled or admitted to a doctoral program for the 2020/2021 academic year at the time of submission of the application or that are in a position to be on the date the contract is formalized.

Applications must be submitted online at the URL of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación from October 13 to October 27, 2020 at 2:00PM CET. To request the present research project please use the following reference: PID2019-106027GB-C43.


ICCUB offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment (for additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission) and strongly encourages women and underrepresented minorities in physical sciences to apply.


Inquiries about the scientific aspects of the contract should be addressed to