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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 14/2024: PhD Project Title: Experimental development for CTA and observational analysis of TeV celestial source.

Topic Description: The last ten years have been characterized by the unveiling of the Universe at very High Energies (VHE) thanks to the observations of the HESS, MAGIC, VERITAS and LHAASO observatories. Currently the new large observatories at VHE the Cherenkov Telescope Array is being developed and has finally entered the construction phase in both the southern and the northern hemisphere. The High Energy astrophysics section of the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics is actively involved in VHE astronomy, both in the observational analysis of extreme sources and in developing hardware for the CTA observatory. The successful candidate will be involved in the observational analysis of Supernova Remnants and Gamma binaries emitting at VHE using a multi-wavelength approach. In addition the candidate will work on the development of the PMT based focal plane cameras for the Medium Size Telescope array of CTA, that has entered the construction phase in the two sites in Chile and La Palma. In the context of the study we expect to establish a collaboration with the LHAASO telescope which is revolutionising the view of the Universe at the even higher energies.

Faculty: Faculty of Science
Institute/Section/Subject: Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (IAAT)

Supervising Professor(s): Prof. Andrea Santangelo and Dr. Gerd Pühlhofer

About the Supervisor(s): Prof. Santangelo is the head of the High energy astrophysics Abteilung of IAAT, whereas Dr. Pühlhofer has a permanent staff position and is coordinating the very high energy gamma-rays activities of the Institute.

Requirements for the application:
Required Degrees: Master’s degree in astrophysics
Language Requirements: English (IELTS 6,5 or TOEFL equivalent)
Notes: none

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.
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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program
The University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Korean nationals from partner Universities wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.

  • Cheju National University
  • Chonbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Hanyang University
  • Korea University
  • Pusan National University
  • Seoul National University
  • Sogang University
  • Sookmyung Women's University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Yonsei University


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

    Target group:
    Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Korean partner universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Korea at the time of application

    Application Process:
    • June 30: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
    • between July 4 and 7: round of interviews in English
    • by July 30: Successful applicants will be officially informed and provided letters of admission.
    • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen

    • How to Apply:
      In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
      • Cover/Motivation letter with the description of academic characteristics that qualify you to complete the PhD project successfully
      • CV
      • Academic transcripts*
      • Proof of proficient English language skills - TOEFL iBT 95 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

      *List of required Academic transcripts (including official translation into German or English for documents issued in Korean)
      1) Bachelor’s Degree Award Certificate / Bachelor Gradverleihungsurkunde
      2) Transcript of the subjects and marks / Fächer- und Notenübersicht for your Bachelor’s degree/ für das Bachelorstudium
      3) Master’s Degree Award Certificate / Master-Gradverleihungsurkunde
      4) Transcript of the subjects and marks for your Master’s Degree / Fächer- und Notenübersicht für das Masterstudium


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