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Chemically Peculiar A and F stars

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Stellar physics is in a high-precision era with many ESO, ESA and other international projects. The data obtained from space with Kepler and TESS, and from ground-based project such as SuperWASP, allow the analysis of pulsations of thousands of stars. Asteroseismology can provide for accurate determination of masses, radii and ages of stars. Spectroscopy is one of the most powerful tools at an astronomer’s disposal, allowing the determination of the fundamental parameters of stars: surface temperature, gravity, chemical composition, magnetic field, rotation and turbulence.

This project will investigate the properties of chemically peculiar A and F stars, studying newly identified pulsating stars and the interaction between these pulsations and other physical processes occurring within the stellar atmosphere.

For informal enquiries related to this project contact Dr Barry Smalley by email:
For information on our PhD programme please contact the Project Co-ordinator, Dr Nicholas Wright, by email

Please quote FNS GS 2019-24 on your application.

Keele University values diversity, and is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity. In support of these commitments, Keele University particularly welcomes applications from women and from individuals of black and ethnic minority backgrounds for this post. The School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and Keele University have both been awarded Athena Swan awards and Keele University is a member of the Disability Confident scheme. More information is available on these web pages:
https://www.keele.ac.uk/equalitydiversity/
https://www.keele.ac.uk/athenaswan/
https://www.keele.ac.uk/raceequalitycharter/raceequalitycharter/


Funding Notes

Funding support is provided as follows; 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years from Academic year 2020/2021. Stipend support for 3 years at UKRI rates. Stipend rate for 2020/21 not confirmed (2019/20 stipend was £15,009 per annum).

Jointly supported by STFC and the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University.

UK/EU nationals are eligible for full funding (tuition fees and stipend at Research Council rate). International students (not resident in the UK) may qualify for a fees-only award.

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