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

Newcastle University

Award Abstract

100% charges (dwelling or worldwide) lined, and a minimal tax-free annual residing allowance of £18,622 (2023-2024 UKRI charges). Additionally, important 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 accessible by means of the UKRI Frontier Analysis Grant SYMPHONY [EP/Y031059/1]. Asteroseismology is the research of stellar pulsations, which telescopes seize as adjustments in floor brightness and supply constraints on the physics of stellar construction and evolution. The SYMPHONY mission targets huge stars that finally 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 present not well-known. The profitable PhD candidate will utilise information 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 embody astronomical information 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 significantly inspired to use.

Quantity Of Awards


Begin Date

eighth January 2024

Award Length

4 years

Software Closing Date

twentieth October 2023




Dr Dominic Bowman , Faculty of Arithmetic, Statistics and Physics

Eligibility Standards

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

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

If English shouldn’t be your first language, you should have IELTS 6.5 general (with minimal of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

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

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

How To Apply

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

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

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

  • you possibly can seek for the ‘Course Title’ utilizing the programme code: 8839F
  • please depart the ‘Analysis Space’ discipline clean
  • choose PhD Physics Experimental (full time)’ because the programme of research

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

  • a ‘Curriculum Vitae’ (it is a obligatory discipline) – add as a PDF doc (max 2 sides of A4)
  • a ‘Analysis Assertion’ (it is a obligatory discipline) – add as a PDF doc (max 1 facet of A4) describing your earlier/ongoing expertise and analysis pursuits
  • the studentship code MSP074 within the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ discipline 

Contact Particulars

For additional particulars, please contact:

Dr Dominic Bowman

Faculty of Arithmetic, Statistics and Physics

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +44 (0) 191 208 8318

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