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Young stars in the solar neighbourhood: Structure and dynamics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Data from the Gaia astrometry satellite and large-scale spectroscopic surveys are leading to new insights into the formation of stars, stellar systems, star clusters and associations.

This PhD project will use these data, in conjunction with novel statistical and machine-learning techniques, to investigate the properties of young stars in the Galactic disc, to examine structures in both spatial coordinates and kinematic phase space. The broad aims are to understand where stars are formed and in what environments (with important implications for the development of their exoplanetary systems) and then subsequently how these formation structures evolve and disperse into the general Galactic population.

For informal enquiries related to this project contact Prof. Rob Jeffries by email: .
For information on our PhD programme contact the Project co-ordinator Dr Nick Wright

Please quote FNS GS 2019-24 on your application.

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

Funding support is provided as follows; 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years from Academic year 2020/2021. Stipend support for 3 years at UKRI rates. Stipend rate for 2020/21 not confirmed (2019/20 stipend was £15,009 per annum).

Jointly supported by STFC and the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University.

UK/EU nationals are eligible for full funding (tuition fees and stipend at Research Council rate). International students (not resident in the UK) may qualify for a fees-only award.

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