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CSC-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 13/2020:
Modeling Massive Star Formation

Topic Description:High-mass stars impact the environment they are born in by a variety of feedback effects such as magnetically-driven jets, radiation forces, photoionization, stellar winds, and supernovae. In our research group, we are investigating the consequences on cloud destruction and star formation in direct numerical models of the underlying physical processes including the details of the stellar accretion flow. Last but not least, those models are post-processed to derive synthetic observational images for comparison with survey data and/or guide future observational directions. We are interested to host any project related to stellar feedback, stellar accretion disks, and/or radiation-gas interaction in general.

Faculty: Faculty of Science
Institute/Section/Subject:Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Supervising Professors:Prof. Rolf Kuiper

About the Supervisors:Rolf Kuiper is a computational astrophysicist working in the challenging field of radiation-magneto-hydrodynamics simulations of accretion-ejection processes in an astrophysical context. His current research group focusses on different aspects of star formation, especially high-mass star formation and stellar feedback. A second research branch covers projects on accreting planets from super-Earths to gas giants. Moreover, he is interested in the physics of stellar evolution, star formation in the early universe, and high-energy phenomena (accretion onto compact objects, active galactic nuclei, and gamma ray bursts).
Short CV: Rolf Kuiper completed his studies in physics at the University of Heidelberg in 2006 and finished his PhD on computational astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy Heidelberg in 2009. During his Postdoc time, he was working at the Universities of Bonn, Tübingen, and Heidelberg. As a Leopoldina fellow, he was working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (California Institute of Technology) in Pasadena, California, USA. Since 2015, Rolf Kuiper is leading an Emmy
Noether Research Group on Massive Star Formation at the University of Tübingen.
Please see for the personal research webpage and for the webpage presenting the current research group.

Requirements for the application:Required Degrees: Master in Physics, Informatics, Mathematics, or Computational Science
Language Requirements: Good communication skills in oral and written English are expected.
Notes: The successful applicant should bring along decent computational skills and programming experience (at best in c/c++ or python), a profound understanding of and interest in
physics, and most importantly a lot of curiosity!

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.


CSC-Tübingen PhD Program
The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and the University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Chinese nationals inside and outside of China wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.


  • providing high quality research training to qualified students from Chinese universities
  • developing education and research collaborations between the University of Tübingen and Chinese universities and research institutions

Target group:
Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Chinese universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application

Details: Full time fellowship:
  • postgraduate students who want to carry out their complete doctoral studies at the University of Tübingen
  • up to 48 months
  • degree conferred by the University of Tübingen

  • Annual living allowance as prescribed by the Chinese Government (which includes Overseas Student Health Cover)
  • Return airfare to Germany
  • Visa application fees
  • Support for the attendance of international conferences during the second and third year (up to 1000€ granted to successful applicants)

  • Tuition waiver
  • Option to take German language classes provided by the University of Tübingen during the first year
  • Accommodation offered in Tübingen student dormitories depending on availability
  • Opportunities to gain additional teaching and research experience as well as economic benefits from the University of Tübingen from the second year onward (depending on the ability of the applicant and the situation of the respective institute)

Application Process:
  • Jan 15: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
  • by March 1: Successful applicants will be officially informed
  • by April 5: Invited applicants have to register with the CSC according to the regulations of the CSC.
  • by May 31: Final decisions about the allocation of scholarships will be made by the CSC
  • June: Program participants will be invited for a welcome seminar in Beijing
  • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies.

How to Apply:
In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
  • Cover/Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Research proposal
  • Academic transcripts
  • Proof of proficient skills in the required languages (if possible certificates, proficiency=comprehension of a wide range of demanding, longer texts as well as fluent and spontaneous expression allowing a flexible and effective language use for social, academic and professional purposes.)

For questions please contact the representation of the University of Tübingen in Beijing:
European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS)
Mr. Christian Buskühl
Peking University Pacific Science and Technology Development Center
52, Haidian Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100080 / Room 708
北京大学太平洋科技发展中心, 北京市 海淀区 海淀路52号 708室 / 邮编: 100080

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