Prof. Dr. J. Anton Zensus

Director and Head of the Radioastronomy/ VLBI Dept.
Phone:+49 228 525-298 (secretary)




Priv.-Doz. Dr. Rainer Mauersberger

Phone:+49 228 525-292


Room 2.92

IMPRS Office

Dr. Simone Pott

Phone:+49 228 525-218

Raum 0.05; Sprechstunden: Mon 8h-13h, Tue&Wed 8h-17h

Contact and Directions

IMPRS for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Auf dem Hügel 69
D-53121 Bonn

TOEFL Code Number 5356

International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Astronomy & Astrophysics

IMPRS: A first class ticket to research

The IMPRS of Astronomy and Astrophysics is a joint effort of the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, the University of Bonn, and the University of Cologne.

New: Electronic Application Portal is open

The school offers a broad spectrum of topics in observational and theoretical, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, observational and theoretical cosmology, fundamental physics with astronomical tools and instrumentation. In addition to the expertise in radio and (sub-)mm astronomy of the MPIfR, the IMPRS for Astronomy and Astrophysics provides the opportunity for scientific activity in all fields of contemporary science, all modern techniques, methods and energy bands. The IMPRS for Astronomy and Astrophysics offers a competitive PhD program on the basis of a tightly structured curriculum.

Program Details:

  • 3 year appointments
  • Salary starting at  21985 Euro/a, no tuition fees
  • A network of 60 phD students from 25 countries
  • Mentorship from world class faculty at MPIfR, the U of Bonn and the U of Cologne
  • Career enhancement workshops, advanced lecture courses
  • Thesis committees monitoring the progress of each student and provide scientific feedback to the PhD course
  • Access to world leading observing facilitities at a large range of wavelengths.
  • Funding for travel and research
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