There is increasing speculation that active galactic nuclei (AGN) have a major impact on the evolution of their host galaxies by driving powerful jets and outflows that eject the cool gas, thereby affecting the star formation histories of the galaxy bulges. Although this AGN feedback effect is now routinely incorporated into simulations of galaxy evolution, major uncertainties remain about its true significance and the physical mechanisms involved. The aim of this PhD project is to accurately quantify the AGN feedback effect using deep optical/near-IR spectroscopy observations taken with the ESO Very Large Telescope and other international facilities. Although this is primarily a data analysis project, there are expected to be opportunities for the PhD student to participate in observing runs.
Science Graduate School: As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School – a community of postgraduate researchers working across biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.
If you submit your application after the 31 March 2019, you will be considered for any remaining funding, but please note all of our funding may be allocated in the first round.