NUDATA03 A modern controlled study of supermassive black hole growth in the local Universe

   Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

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  Dr David Rosario  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 Local Luminous AGN with Matched Analogs (LLAMA) is a survey of the galaxies containing the 20 brightest local growing supermassive black holes, along with 20 quiescent galaxies matched in key galaxy properties. In this project, the student will undertake the analysis of complete Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array (ALMA) datasets for the LLAMA galaxies, with the aim of understanding the processes in the circumnuclear regions of galaxies that drive black hole growth. We will use high-performance computing to process these large datasets uniformly, and employ a combination of traditional and machine-learning approaches to robustly measure differences in the dust and molecular gas distributions in these galaxies. For a subset, modern JWST imaging and spectroscopy will also be used for advanced studies.

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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