The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading physics department in the country. The Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA) within the School of Physics is a national and international leader in astronomy and physics research. Research at the institute covers a broad range of astrophysics from planets to stars and cosmology and using approaches from theory, observation and instrumentation. We are also committed to excellence in postgraduate training and research-led undergraduate training. SIfA comprises 14 academics and approximately 50 PhD students and post-docs.
SIfA is currently seeking PhD candidates (also referred to as Higher Degree by Research). Follow the link to review current PhD projects and research capabilities.
SIfA PhD students have access to a range of observational and laboratory facilities, including those owned by the University: the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope (MOST); the Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL), and several radio telescopes and computational facilities across Australia.
If you are interested in applying, please review our current PhD projects and submit the Expression of Interest form (link below) for the specific project that matches your skills and interests.
Admission to a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) is highly competitive and there is a minimum criterion you must meet. Generally speaking, to be eligible, you need to have undertaken a significant research project or thesis in your previous university-level studies and have strong English language skills. Please refer to further information on how to apply for a PhD at the University of Sydney
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