Applications are invited for a PhD studentship at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Section. The PhD student will work in the Computational and High-Energy Astrophysics Group led by Dr Jonathan Mackey, based at the historic DIAS Dunsink Observatory on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland. The group works on a range of topics related to Massive Stars including computer simulation of wind-blown nebulae as well as radio, X-ray and gamma-ray observations of nebulae and supernova remnants. The DIAS Astronomy & Astrophysics Section is a vibrant community of more than 40 researchers working on a range of topics including High-Energy Astrophysics, Massive Stars, Star Formation, Solar Physics and Solar System research.
Under the guidance of Dr Mackey and senior group members the successful applicant will be involved in researching "Asymmetric Nebulae around Massive Stars," such as those around Eta Carinae, WR124 and the progenitor of Supernova 1987A. The project details will depend on the skills and interests of the applicant, and could range from observations and data analysis of stellar sources within the HESS Collaboration, to development of computer algorithms for stellar-wind modelling and their implementation into PION (our astrophysical fluid-dynamics software project). In both cases there will be a strong emphasis on comparing predictions for multi-wavelength emission from theory/simulation with observations including at X-ray and gamma-ray energies.
Minimum requirements are an honours degree (Bachelor or Masters) in physics, astrophysics, mathematical or computational physics, evidence of capacity for original research, and good written and spoken English language skills. A strong mathematical background plus a demonstrated interest in, and experience with, programming in C++ and python are advantageous.
The PhD studentship is funded for 4 years beginning in September/October 2021 and consists of a stipend (€18,500 per year tax-free), university registration fees each year, plus limited funds for computer equipment and travel to conferences and workshops.
The application deadline is Sunday 11th of July 2021.
Candidates should email PDF copies of their CV (2-3 pages max.) and a cover letter explaining their motivation and research interests (1 page max.) to Eileen Flood (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday 11th of July 2021. They should also arrange for 2 or 3 letters of reference to be sent to Eileen Flood by the same date, one of which should be from the director of their Bachelor or Masters course. Queries about the project can be sent to Jonathan Mackey (email@example.com).
DIAS is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from suitably qualified talented candidates of all genders and backgrounds.