The oldest meteorites in the Solar System contain the daughter products of short-lived radioisotopes, 26-Al and 60-Fe. These isotopes are only produced inside very massive stars, which suggests that the Solar System formed either from material pre-enriched in these isotopes, or was in the vicinity of a massive star which exploded as a supernova and enriched the Sun’s protoplanetary disc with these isotopes. In this PhD project you will use N-body and hydrodynamic simulations of star formation to model the delivery of these isotopes to the Solar System and to constrain the birth conditions and environement of the Solar System.
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.