Stellar astrophysics relies on benchmark stars for testing and calibrating stellar models. There are very few good benchmark stars that are suitable for calibrating models of Sun-like stars observed by large spectroscopic surveys or ESAs next big planet-finding mission PLATO. This project will deliver a new sample of benchmark stars using new techniques developed at Keele to measure the effective temperature of stars in eclipsing binary systems. This project will be an opportunity to develop data analysis skills and knowledge that is applicable across a wide range of stellar and exoplanet research.
Studentship available from September 23 (flexible).
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
Contact the Project Coordinator, Dr Nick Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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_PMaxted November 2022 on your application and the project title.