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High-precision studies of eclipsing binary stars observed using space telescopes

  • 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

The study of eclipsing binary star systems is one of the most mature and rewarding areas of stellar physics, offering the unique opportunity to determine the masses and radii of distant stars directly from observational data. This area of research is currently experiencing a renaissance, due to the remarkable quality and quantity of data coming from space-based searches for extrasolar planets. Major contributors to this new era are the recent Kepler and CoRoT telescopes, the ongoing K2 and BRITE missions, and the forthcoming space satellites TESS and PLATO. The successful candidate will study eclipsing binary star systems which have been observed with the Kepler, K2, CoRoT and BRITE telescope missions. Follow-up spectroscopic observations have already been obtained for some of these objects and opportunities exist to visit large telescopes to obtain spectroscopic observations of others. The fundamental aim of this project is to verify and improve the predictions of theoretical models of stars, which form the foundation of most areas of observational and theoretical astrophysics.

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

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:

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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