This program is available as a doctoral Program in Physics at the University of Zürich. For an admission to this PhD program you have to meet certain criteria concerning your education in Physics (e.g., a 4-5 year Master's degree in Physics) but it is also essential that you inform yourself in advance about open PhD positions in one of our research groups. You should submit to the group leader of your interest a CV, a statement of research interests and previous research experience, course grade transcripts and letters of reference.
The doctoral program in astrophysics is focused on carrying out original research and is completed within three to four years (full-time). The salary will easily allow you to cover all local living expenses including all the necessary social and health insurances. Research topics range from the formation of planets, stars and galaxies, to understanding the large scale structure of the universe, dark matter and dark energy. The program includes a curricular part for which doctoral students must obtain at least 12 ECTS credits. These can be obtained in a variety of ways, such as by attending graduate schools, giving talks at conferences or by attending advanced lectures. Appropriate lecture courses will be chosen by the PhD advisor together with the doctoral student. Doctoral students attend weekly research seminars, the “astrophysics journal club” and “astrophysical thinking”.
The doctoral committee determines each PhD student’s curriculum individually. Their curriculum should focus on students’ specific area of research, while also ensuring a solid general education in Computational Science. Students must earn a total of at least 12 ECTS Credits. Students and their supervisors jointly select suitable courses.
The following rule apply to accrediting seminars, participation in conventions and summer schools:
Doctoral students must participate in teaching every semester of their doctoral studies. The practical trainings coordinator at the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology is responsible for the assignments. The teaching load every semester averages 6 work hours per week during the lecture period. During the last semester before submitting their dissertation, PhD students can ask to be dispensed from their teaching requirements. External PhD students (who have members of the doctoral program as advisors, but are not hired there) generally only complete half the teaching load.
Living expenses depend very much on the individual student. These figures should therefore be regarded as a guideline only (in CHF):
|Rent incl. heating||550|
|Additional expenses (telephone, internet)||200|
|Clothing, laundry, personal items||70|
|Leisure, spending money||150|
The expected minimum cost of living for students therefore comes to a total of CHF 1,750 per month.