NUDATA02 Dynamical Processes in Stellar Interiors

   Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

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  Prof Tamara Rogers  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Overview of the CDT

This project is being offered as part of the STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science, called NUdata, which is a collaboration between Northumbria and Newcastle Universities, STFC, and a portfolio of over 40 industrial partners, including SMEs, large/multinational companies, Government and not-for profit organisations, and international humanitarian organisations. Please visit for full information.


The dynamical processes that occur within stars, such as convection, waves and magnetism, fundamentally shape the stars’ lifetime and its ultimate demise. For example, in massive stars convection and waves mix chemical elements into and out of the convective cores of massive stars, thereby determining its lifetime on the main sequence and the nucleosynthetic yield once it explodes as a supernova. Waves and magnetic fields also transport angular momentum, affecting the internal rotation of the star and the ultimate rotation of the stellar remnant. While these processes are crucial, they are still not well understood. We will carry out multi-dimensional (magneto-)hydrodynamic simulations using high performance computers to understand these processes. These simulations will produce large data sets of chemical mixing and angular momentum transport which can then be compared to cutting edge asteroseismic observations to constrain the numerical models and ultimately, build better 1D stellar evolution models.   

Advanced data science and statistical techniques will be needed at various stages, for example: adequately visualizing the large data sets, exploring the multi-dimensional parameter space of 1D models to compare to simulations, picking the best 1D models to fit observations and determining which theoretical models fit observations best. 

Recruitment Event

You will join a strong and supportive research team. To help better understand the aims of the CDT and to meet the PhD supervisors, we are hosting a day-long event on campus on Monday 15th January 2024. At that event, there will be an opportunity to discuss your research ideas, meet potential PhD supervisors, as well as hear from speakers from a variety of backgrounds (academia, industry, government, charity) discussing both STFC and data science as well as their personal paths and backgrounds. Travel and accommodation (if needed) will be covered, but funds are limited, so please register early.  Click for details

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