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  A Comparative Study of Metallic Ions in the Atmospheres of Earth and Mars
  Prof J Plane
Applications accepted all year round

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Metals are injected into planetary atmospheres by the ablation of interplanetary dust particles. The major species (Fe, Mg and Na) exist as atoms and ions that are excellent tracers of dynamics and chemistry.
  Can a star’s internal oscillations power their coronae (Advert reference: RDF20/EE/MPEE/MORTON)
  Dr R Morton
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Understanding how the atmospheres of cool, magnetised stars are powered is a long-standing astrophysical mystery.
  PhD studentships available at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London

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 . The School of Physics and Astronomy has a reputation for excellence in both research and teaching. Each of the four research groups has dedicated resources, attracting funding from a variety of sources, including 2 Future Leaders Fellowships and a 4 million Euro doctoral Training Network from the EU.
  How does the solar wind change as it expands?
  Dr R Wicks
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The solar wind is the tenuous plasma emitted by the Sun that fills the heliosphere. It is the local astrophysical plasma of the Earth and provides a unique environment to observe naturally occurring plasma generated by a star.
  Modelling the atmospheres of terrestrial exoplanets – PhD (Funded by STFC)
  Dr H Lambert, Dr E Hébrard
Application Deadline: 27 January 2020

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The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  Magnetospheric dynamics at Jupiter
  Dr J Nichols, Dr T Stallard
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Jupiter possesses the strongest magnetic field and brightest auroras in the solar system. The dynamics of Jupiter’s magnetosphere are dominated by the planet’s rotation, rather than the interaction with the solar wind as at Earth.
  The Transient science revolution (AST/2020/OBR)
  Prof P O'Brein, Prof J Osborne
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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The era of multi-messenger astronomy is here thanks to a revolution in the discovery and characterisation of explosive transients.
  White dwarfs, exoplanets and fundamental physics (AST/2020/BAR)
  Prof M Barstow, Dr S Casewell
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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White dwarfs are the end products of the life cycles of more than 90% of all stars. This makes them important laboratories for studying stellar evolution and the behaviour of matter at extremes of temperature and density.
  Cosmic-Ray Muons in Different Applications
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr V Kudryavtsev
Applications accepted all year round

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Cosmic-ray muons are known to be useful in applications beyond particle astrophysics. They have helped with mapping structure of volcanoes and with finding voids in various geological structures.
  Dark Matter Search with the LZ Experiment
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr V Kudryavtsev
Applications accepted all year round

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LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) is a project to build and operate a high-sensitivity dark matter experiment in the deep mine at SURF (South Dakota, USA) able to probe most of the WIMP parameter space region free from neutrino background.
  High-speed astrophysics with HiPERCAM, ULTRACAM and ULTRASPEC
  Prof V Dhillon, Dr S Littlefair
Applications accepted all year round

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HiPERCAM, ULTRACAM and ULTRASPEC are high-speed cameras built by Sheffield/Warwick/UKATC for the study of astrophysics on fast timescales.
  How are AGN triggered?
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Prof C Tadhunter
Applications accepted all year round

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To accurately incorporate active galactic nuclei (AGN) into galaxy evolution models it is important to understand how and when AGN are triggered as their their host galaxies grow via gas accretion, and also whether the triggering mechanism depends on the luminosity of the AGN.
  Neutrino Oscillation Study and Proton Decay Search with DUNE
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr V Kudryavtsev
Applications accepted all year round

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DUNE is a large international project to design, construct and operate a multi-kiloton scale liquid argon detector for neutrino physics, neutrino astrophysics and a search for physics beyond the Standard Model.
  Physical and wind properties of hot, luminous stars with ULLYSES
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr P Crowther
Applications accepted all year round

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Massive stars are rare, though dominate the radiative, mechanical and chemical feedback in star-forming galaxies.
  Properties of evolved, hot luminous stars from large spectroscopic surveys
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr P Crowther
Applications accepted all year round

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Massive stars are rare, though dominate the radiative, mechanical and chemical feedback in star-forming galaxies. Historically, spectroscopic studies of hot massive stars in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies have been restricted to small sample sizes.
  Quantifying star formation
  Dr R Parker
Applications accepted all year round

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Stars form in relatively dense groups containing tens to millions of other stars, and these environments directly influence both young planets as they are forming, as well as the global evolution of galaxies.
  Quantifying the impact of AGN on their host galaxies; Supervisor: Prof. Clive Tadhunter
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Prof C Tadhunter
Applications accepted all year round

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There is increasing speculation that active galactic nuclei (AGN) have a major impact on the evolution of their host galaxies by driving powerful jets and outflows that eject the cool gas, thereby affecting the star formation histories of the galaxy bulges.
  Surveying the sky for hungry black holes
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr J Mullaney
Applications accepted all year round

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Over the next five years, a new dimension in astronomy will reach maturity. the temporal dimension. Rather relying on static "photos" of the sky, astronomers will transition to "filming" sky night after night.
  The climate of black hole growth
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr J Mullaney
Applications accepted all year round

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It seems that all massive galaxies contain, at their centres, supermassive black holes with masses of at least a million times the mass of our Sun.
  The environments of star and planet formation
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr S Goodwin
Applications accepted all year round

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Young stars are often found in high-density environments, this means that encounters between young stars can be common and this will change their binary properties and affect planet-forming discs.
  Theory and Simulations of Space Weather in the Earth’s Magnetosphere
  Dr AN Wright
Application Deadline: 15 March 2020

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The environment surrounding a planet dominated by its magnetic field (called the magnetosphere) shields the planet from the solar wind.
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