The Astronomical Observatory at Ghent University (http://astro.ugent.be) invites applications for two PhD positions in extragalactic astronomy. The successful applicants will conduct their research within a collaboration between Ghent University (Profs. Maarten Baes and Arjen van der Wel), the University of Western Australia (Dr. Luca Cortese), and MPA Garching (Dr. Robert Grand).
The successful applicants will use the SKIRT radiative transfer code (http://www.skirt.ugent.be) to create multi-wavelength mock data for simulated galaxies from the Auriga Project (https://wwwmpa.mpa-garching.mpg.de/auriga/), and compare these to observational datasets from the SAMI Galaxy Survey (https://sami-survey.org) and the LEGA-C survey (https://users.ugent.be/~avdrwel/research.html#legac). The project’s aim is to test the predictions from the state-of-the-art Auriga hydrodynamic models with the highest quality observational datasets available (SAMI and LEGA-C) and identify the physics that explains the 3D structure and evolution of galaxies across cosmic time.
Ghent is located in the Flemish speaking part of Belgium, some 50 km north of Brussels. Ghent is renowned for its beautiful medieval town centre, its lively cultural and music scene, and its vibrant student life. Ghent University is an international, highly rated university with more than 40,000 students. The astronomy group's expanding research interests include nearby galaxies, infrared astronomy, hydrodynamical simulations/radiative transfer, galaxy formation and evolution, high-redshift observations and observational cosmology.
The positions are fully funded for four years, and sufficient funding is available for short and long-term visits to the partner institutes.
Applications are due on April 15, 2019, and the project term can start as early as May 1, 2019; a later starting date is negotiable. Applicants should submit their CV directly to email@example.com, and arrange for two reference letters to be sent to the same address.
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