Ph.D. Student in Plasma Astrophysics KU Leuven, aculty of Science, Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics (CmPA) Belgium



Last modification : Monday, April 23, 2018

The Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics (CmPA) of the Department of Mathematics consists of four professors and many researchers (Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers) of various international background. CmPA participates in many national and international projects which has lead to an extensive international research network. CmPA has, among other things, an extensive expertise in 'computational magneto-fluid dynamics' and access to parallel computing facilities. The precise topic of this Ph.D. will depend on the candidate's background and interest. To have a clear view of the ongoing research topics at CmPA you can take a look at our website.

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  • You will do research in applied mathematics at the Centre of mathematical Plasma Astrophysics of the Department of Mathematics, leading to a Ph.D.
  • You follow the doctoral program of the Arenberg Doctoral School
  • You will give exercise classes in mathematics for the courses taught by members of the Department of Mathematics.
  • You assist in the guidance of bachelor projects and master theses.
  • You assist in the organisation of workshops, conferences and other research and teaching activities.


  • You have a master degree in mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer science, or an equivalent degree with an important mathematics component.
  • You are able to teach mathematics exercise classes in Dutch. If your knowledge of Dutch is not sufficient, then we ask you to follow language training classes so that your knowledge is sufficient after two years.
  • You have a very good knowledge of English, both spoken and written.


We offer a scholarship as a Ph.D. student in the Section Plasma Astrophysics of the Departement of Mathematics for one year. This can be extended to four years after a positive evaluation. The four year period allows you to obtain a Ph.D. in mathematics. 



For more information please contact Prof. dr. Rony Keppens, tel.: +32 16 32 70 01, mail: or Mrs. Josee Pierre, tel.: +32 16 32 70 15, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than May 31, 2018 via the online application tool

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