PhD studentship in Astronomy: Studying Massive Star Physics of Blue Supergiants with Asteroseismology (SYMPHONY)

Newcastle University

PhD studentship in Astronomy: Finding out Large Star Physics of Blue Supergiants with Asteroseismology (SYMPHONY)

Award Abstract

100% charges (house or worldwide) lined, and a minimal tax-free annual residing allowance of £18,622 (2023-2024 UKRI charges). Additionally, vital funding to cowl analysis prices and worldwide convention journey is included.


A funded 4-year PhD place at Newcastle College on huge star asteroseismology is on the market by way of the UKRI Frontier Analysis Grant SYMPHONY [EP/Y031059/1]. Asteroseismology is the research of stellar pulsations, which telescopes seize as modifications in floor brightness and supply constraints on the physics of stellar construction and evolution. The SYMPHONY venture targets huge stars that ultimately explode as supernovae and depart behind a neutron star or black gap. Ahead asteroseismic modelling of a large star’s pulsations reveals its inside rotation profile, (core) mass and age, that are at the moment not well-known. The profitable PhD candidate will utilise knowledge from the NASA TESS mission and mix them with spectroscopy to constrain the bodily interiors of single and binary huge stars utilizing asteroseismology. Expertise coaching will embrace astronomical knowledge evaluation and statistical modelling methods. Expertise in photometry, spectroscopy or evolutionary modelling is an asset.

Newcastle is a vibrant multi-cultural metropolis in north-east England with wonderful journey connections to London and Edinburgh. Worldwide journey for analysis stays and conferences, and robust analysis hyperlinks to KU Leuven, Belgium are foreseen.

Feminine candidates and people from different minority teams are notably inspired to use.

Quantity Of Awards


Begin Date

eighth January 2024

Award Period

4 years

Utility Closing Date

twentieth October 2023




Dr Dominic Bowman , College of Arithmetic, Statistics and Physics

Eligibility Standards

This PhD studentship is on the market to all candidates who’ve a firstclass or 2:1 Masters diploma in Astronomy, Physics or associated self-discipline, or a world equal.

Enthusiasm for analysis, the power to work independently and in a staff, wonderful analytical abilities, and robust verbal and written communication abilities (in English) are additionally important necessities.

If English will not be your first language, you have to have IELTS 6.5 general (with minimal of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

House and worldwide candidates (incl. EU) are welcome to use and if profitable will obtain a full studentship.

Some worldwide candidates could require an ATAS (Educational Know-how Approval Scheme ) clearance certificates previous to acquiring their visa.

How To Apply

To use for a studentship, you have to register and apply by way of the College’s Apply to Newcastle Portal

As soon as registered choose ‘Create Utility’ after which ‘Postgraduate’.

Use ‘Search Course’ to establish your programme of research:

  • you’ll be able to seek for the ‘Course Title’ utilizing the programme code: 8839F
  • please depart the ‘Analysis Space’ subject clean
  • choose PhD Physics Experimental (full time)’ because the programme of research

You’ll then want to offer the next info within the ‘Additional Particulars’ part:

  • a ‘Curriculum Vitae’ (this can be a necessary subject) – add as a PDF doc (max 2 sides of A4)
  • a ‘Analysis Assertion’ (this can be a necessary subject) – add as a PDF doc (max 1 aspect of A4) describing your earlier/ongoing expertise and analysis pursuits
  • the studentship code MSP074 within the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ subject 

Contact Particulars

For additional particulars, please contact:

Dr Dominic Bowman

College of Arithmetic, Statistics and Physics

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +44 (0) 191 208 8318

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