NUDATA05 Establishing how growing supermassive black holes influence galaxy evolution

   Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

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  Dr Christopher Harrison  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.


Growing supermassive black holes release extraordinary energy across the electromagnetic spectrum. These ‘Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)’ have the potential to heat and expel the gas inside their host galaxies. This is gas that may otherwise have gone on to form new stars. Hence, AGN can dramatically alter the future growth of galaxies. Whilst current models of galaxy evolution predict that AGN must influence galaxies in this way, clear observational evidence and measurements of this process is essential. A problem we aim to address with this PhD project!

You will use high quality multi-wavelength observations to study how AGN are influencing their galaxies. For example, you may investigate the processes by which AGN transfer their energy into the gas (e.g., jets of charged particles or energetic winds). The data will be part of the Quasar Feedback Survey ( and/or the SUPER survey ( In addition to these international teams, you will join our growing group at Newcastle ( who have expertise in using a wide range of observational facilities (e.g., JWST, MUSE, ALMA, VLA, e-MERLIN etc.). The group are also producing simulations to test models of how AGN influence galaxies.

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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