PhD Positions in Data Intensive Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017
Archive Date: 
Monday, May 29, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Liverpool John Moores University
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

The Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) of Liverpool John Moores University is offering up to 6 fully funded four-year PhD scholarships in Data Intensive Science. This is part of a new initiative to establish a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), hosted jointly by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. Students will be based within the ARI and will work on astrophysics projects related to the analysis and manipulation of Big Data. Examples of projects include, but are not restricted to: simulations of low surface brightness galaxy emission recovery from LSST; transient classification in the LSST data deluge; self consistent annihilation simulations of dark matter; using cosmological simulations to develop large-scale structure emulators to constrain dark sector physics; viewing cosmological simulations with virtual telescopes; observable properties of core-collapse supernovae.

In addition to training in skills and knowledge relevant to their project and general astrophysics, CDT students will benefit from bespoke training in various aspects of data intensive science in their first year, attending postgraduate lectures at both universities.  Each student will also spend at least six months outside the centre in a placement with one or more partners from industry or research organisations (excluding universities) engaged in the development and use of data intensive science techniques in a different area to their research project.

CDT students will join our current cohort of 32 PhD students at the ARI. These are engaged in fundamental astrophysics research over our full scientifc areas of interest: galaxy formation and evolution; star formation and stellar evolution; time-domain astrophysics; and astronomical instrumentation. The Institute consists of 22 full time academics plus research fellows, PDRAs, technical and admin staff. The ARI owns and operates the robotic 2m Liverpool Telescope as a national facility and is developing a 4m robotic telescope with first light planned for 2022. ARI also hosts the EAGLE and BAHAMAS cosmological simulations.  

Liverpool is located in the north west of England and is a city with a rich sense of culture based on its maritime history. It has a thriving music and arts scene and a sharp sense of humour, making it excellent for student living. Liverpool boasts more museums, theatres and art galleries than any other city in the UK outside London. In 2018 Liverpool will be hosting the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science on the Liverpool Waterfront, an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site on the river Mersey. The ARI and University of Liverpool are located in the knowledge quarter of the city within easy walking distance of each other. 

Requirements: the applicants need to have gained a first class or upper second honours degree (or equivalent) or a master's degree in an appropriate subject e.g. astronomy, physics or mathematics. A good command of English to at least IELTS level 6.5 is also required for international applicants. Students will be expected to start on 1st October 2017.

For enquires please contact either Professor Chris Collins or Professor Shiho Kobayashi

Applicants should include the following documents with their application: degree certificates and transcript of records, a brief description of their research interests and experience, along with two letters of recommendation. These should be sent directly to Danielle Coogan  Applications submitted by 1st June 2017 will receive full consideration.

LJMU is committed to equality and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

Included Benefits: 

Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis and will cover university fees and a tax-free maintenance allowance of £14,553 p.a.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Chris Collins
Liverpool John Moores University
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Astrophysics Research Institute
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