Becoming a PhD student at the Observatory

Graduate students at the University Observatory are closely involved in a multitude of research activities. If you are looking for a hands-on scientific training and education there are several possible ways for starting your doctoral studies with us.

Roadmap to your doctoral studies

The LMU Observatory participates in the International Max-Planck Research School - a structured program for doctoral studies of the Max-Planck-Society (MPG). About 25 IMPRS PhD positions are available annually, with applications being open until November 1 each year.

IMPRS Munich

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships for international students to fund doctoral studies in Germany.

DAAD Scholarship Database

If you are interested in starting your PhD with one of the Observatory's research groups, please directly contact that group and indicate that you would like to apply for a DAAD scholarship.

Research Groups at the Observatory

There are currently no additional PhD positions available at the Observatory. Please consult the tabs on IMPRS and external funding.


We are happy to provide you with advice on your way to a PhD with us.

Dr. Oliver Friedrich


cosmic large-scale structure, quantum cosmology, artificial intelligence

Prof. Dr. Daniel Gruen

Professor for Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Artificial Intelligence

extragalactic surveys, cosmology, gravitational lensing, artificial intelligence