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3D (magneto-) hydrodynamic simulations of massive stars

   Faculty of Natural Sciences

   Wednesday, February 15, 2023  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Massive stars play a key role in the Universe through their high ionising flux, the powerful explosions that usually mark their death and the chemical elements they produce. Their modelling, however, is limited by large uncertainties in the one-dimensional (1D) theoretical prescriptions used in spherically symmetric stellar evolution models to represent 3D processes such as convection and rotation. The advertised PhD project will mainly focus on 3D (magneto-)hydrodynamic simulations of massive stars to improve our understanding of their structure and evolution. The project will also involve theoretical work on the 321D road from 3D results to improved 1D theoretical prescriptions and possibly calculating 1D stellar evolution models. In addition to doing exciting science, the successful candidate will learn key computing skills and be exposed to the industry, which will give her/him a strong skillset for both an academic and an industrial career. This PhD project will run in parallel to the ChETEC-INFRA infrastructure European project and the IReNA NSF network of networks (https://www.irenaweb.org/) that Prof Hirschi is part of. These international network and project will offer great opportunities (training, networking, collaborations with both academic and industrial partners) for the successful candidate. Candidates with a degree in Mathematics or Computer Sciences and a background in fluid dynamics are also strongly encouraged to apply. Other projects related to massive star evolution, 3D stellar hydrodynamic simulations and nucleosynthesis are also possible.

Candidate profile


Qualifications, Experience and Skills

●      Candidates must hold at least an upper-2nd class Bachelors degree or an appropriate Masters qualification in a physics related subject or its equivalent. 

●      First class Bachelor or 2:1 Masters degree in a relevant discipline

●      Evidence of ability to undertake research work in the area of astrophysics or related area

Attitude and Personality

●      Ability and willingness to undertake advanced research study at PhD level

●      Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

●      Willingness to learn new theoretical and practical science skills and commitment to ongoing personal training

●      Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

●      Evidence of organizational and time management skills

●      Skills in planning research work

Studentship available from September 23 (flexible).

Contact the Project Coordinator, Dr Nick Wright () for information on our PhD programme, or the relevant supervisor for project information.

To be considered for the studentship please submit a formal application to


Please state FNS_3DRHirschi November 2022 on your application and the project title.

Funding Notes

100% home tuition fees for 3 years from academic year 2023/24.
Stipend support for 3 years at UKRI rates (22/23 rate £17668 per annum).
Jointly supported by STFC and the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University.
UK nationals, EU and International students are eligible for full funding (tuition fees and stipend at UKRI rate).

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