The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne invites applications from students of any nationality for PhD positions to begin in 2019. CAS provides a vibrant and international academic environment, located in one of the most liveable cities in the world.
PhD candidates undertake cutting-edge research under the supervision of word-leading astronomers. PhD projects cover a range of subjects, including galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, stars and planets, scientific computing and visualisation, and time-domain astrophysics. A list of projects with guaranteed funding can be found here.
Resources include observations with the Hubble Space Telescope, the Keck telescopes, and the Very Large Telescopes (VLT), and Australia's most powerful supercomputers. Students have access to internal funding for travel to telescopes, international conferences, and collaborative meetings. Our PhD graduates continue their careers at top astronomy institutions around the world.
CAS is one of Australia's largest astronomy research institutes, with about 20 faculty, 20 post-doctoral researchers, and 35 PhD students. Swinburne is one of few universities in the world with guaranteed access to the 10-m W.M. Keck telescopes in Hawaii and hosts the headquarters of the Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav). Our astronomers regularly obtain observing time on the HST, VLT, Magellan, AAT, ATCA and Parkes telescopes, and have in-house access to state-of-the-art 3D visualization facilities and OzSTAR, the next generation Australian Supercomputer for Theoretical Astrophysics. The Centre is located in the lively inner city suburb of Hawthorn, only minutes by public transport from Melbourne's city centre.
Melbourne is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city with a mild climate and plenty of sunshine. Buzzing inner city neighbourhoods are renowned for their cafes, restaurants, galleries, and festivals, while featuring numerous parks and open spaces. Mountains, ocean, and wildlife are nearby. Melbourne is top ranked for its quality of life and as a destination for working abroad.