The successful candidate will work with Prof John Conway on observational studies of Luminous Infra-Red Galaxies, primarily in the radio and millimetre wavebands. These objects have similar properties to forming galaxies at high red-shift and provide insights into star-formation processes in extreme environments. Observations will seek to understand possible evolutionary relationships to the feeding of super-massive black holes, the universality of the stellar initial mass function and origins of the Far-Infrared to Radio correlation for star-forming galaxies. The student will use data from approved key programmes on the newly commissioned eMERLIN and LOFAR telescopes augmented by ALMA, EVLA and VLBI observations. PhD student positions are limited to five years and will normally include 20% departmental work, mostly teaching duties.
A degree in Physics or Astrophysics is highly desirable although candidates from other related disciplines who have demonstrated research skills and have an interest in astronomy will be considered. The candidate must have obtained a master's degree, a 4-year bachelor's degree or expect to complete that degree by no later than August 1st, 2011. Good computer skills are an important requirement; weight will also be given to candidates showing research ability in terms of completed or ongoing projects. Excellent knowledge of written as well as spoken English is also a requirement.
Please go to the link 'Application Form' for list of required material to be submitted and the online form to make your application,
Selection of candidates will start on May 15, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date for the position is flexible but preferably before Sept 1st, 2011 at the latest.
Starting salary after tax approximately 18700 Swedish Kronor/month ($3000 dollars/month).