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Progenitor evolution of gravitational-wave emitting black-holes

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    Dr R Hirschi
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Project Description

The era of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy (GWA) opened in the last few years with the first detections from the LIGO and VIRGO observatories. One of the key open questions in this field is: what is the initial black-hole mass distribution, that eventually merge and produce the brightest GW signals. Prof Raphael Hirschi and his collaborators have completed extensive grids of models of massive and very massive stars (between 10 and 500 times the mass of the Sun). The advertised PhD project will focus on the evolution of very massive stars towards the most massive black-holes. The project will combine calculating new stellar evolution models as well as exploiting the large existing grids of models to improve theoretical predictions of the initial black-hole mass distribution. In addition to doing exciting science, the successful candidate will learn key computing skills and be exposed to the industry, which will give her/him a strong skills set for both an academic and an industrial career. This PhD project will run in parallel to the COST Action entitled “Chemical Elements as Tracers of the Evolution of the Cosmos” (ChETEC), which is chaired by Prof Hirschi. (see for more details). The ChETEC COST Action will offer great opportunities (training, networking, collaborations with both academic and industrial partners) for the successful candidate. Candidates with a degree in Mathematics or Computer Sciences and a background in fluid dynamics are strongly encouraged to apply.

For informal enquiries on this project, contact Prof R Hirschi by email [Email Address Removed].

PhD available from September 2019 (flexible)

Please quote FNS GS 2019-12 on your application and the project title "Progenitor evolution of gravitational-wave emitting black-holes" (Prof R Hirschi).

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

A choice of Astrophysics projects is available of which a minimum of one will be funded,

Funding support is provided as follows;
100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2019/2020. Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2019/0 £15,009 per annum).
Jointly supported by STFC and the Keele University.

Eligibility Criteria
UK residents are eligible for full funding (tuition fees and stipend at Research Council rate). EU nationals (who are not resident in the UK) will normally qualify for a fees-only award.

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