NUDATA08 High-Performance Bayesian Galaxy Density Field Inference for Big Data Cosmology

   Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

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  Dr Markus Rau  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.


Observational Cosmology has entered an epoch where discovery necessitates the development of advanced analysis methodology, high-precision instrumentation, and collaborative work in worldwide interdisciplinary collaborations.

Driven by imaging surveys like the Rubin Observatory/LSST, Euclid and Roman modern cosmology is beginning to unveil the nature of Dark Energy and the mysteries of the Dark Sector of the Universe. The next few years will revolutionize our understanding of the Universe and the formation of structure or even generalize Einstein's theory of General Relativity. Developing accurate High-Performance statistical inference algorithms to reconstruct galaxy density field statistics from galaxy images is mission-critical.

You will establish scalable high-performance inference methodologies using actual data from the observationally deepest current precursor survey mission, the Hyper Suprime-Cam survey. During this project, you will contribute to analyses at the forefront of modern observational cosmology, like LSST, advancing the field into a Golden Age of Discovery. 

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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