The Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing (CAS) at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) invites applications for its PhD program and scholarships from high-calibre students of any nationality.
With 16 research faculty and 50 postdocs and students from 20 different countries, CAS offers a vibrant, research-focused and friendly atmosphere where students help conduct - and learn how to lead - cutting-edge research in all major areas of astronomy.
CAS has a collaborative agreement with Caltech guaranteeing up to 20 nights per year on the 10-m Keck Telescopes (Hawaii). CAS also hosts "The Green Machine" and the GPU-based "gSTAR" - two of Australia's most powerful supercomputers.
A range of PhD scholarships are available with tax-free stipends starting at AUD$26,728 p.a. with tuition fees waived. PhD students may access internal research funds to cover travel and other research expenses (e.g. conferences, telescope observing etc.).
Swinburne's Hawthorn campus is situated in a lively, urban setting just minutes by public transport from Melbourne's city centre. Melbourne, Australia's second-most populous city (4 million), is renowned for its cafes, galleries, festivals, city parks, sports venues and teams.
For details about CAS's PhD program, including eligibility requirements, available supervisors, PhD topics and how to apply, see the above web links.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest (via online form - see above links) is April 16, 2012. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to discuss PhD projects with possible supervisors well before Swinburne's formal scholarship deadline (May 28, 2012).