Stellar Hydrodynamics, Evolution and Nucleosynthesis (Dr R Hirschi)
Dr Hirschi was awarded a European Research Council starting grant, that funds a 5-year multi-disciplinary project entitled SHYNE (Stellar HYdrodynamics, Nucleosynthesis and Evolution). The grant started in November 2012 and enabled Dr Hirschi to build a team of two post-doctoral researchers and two PhD students, and to acquire a dedicated 1000-CPU computer cluster. This provides an ideal environment for theoretical computational projects. The SHYNE team collaborates with the Norwegian company Numascale, adding an inter-sectoral component to the project. More details on the SHYNE project are given here: http://www.astro.keele.ac.uk/shyne/
This PhD project will involve large-scale 3-dimensional (3D) hydrodynamics simulations of convection. The project will also involve using (1D) stellar evolution models to explain the results of current large observational surveys of stars and explosive transients. The successful candidate will join this research effort at the boundary between hydrodynamics, astro- and nuclear physics. She/he will also 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.
100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2016/2017. Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2015/6 £14,057 per annum).
Jointly supported by STFC and the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University.
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.
26th February 2016 in the first instance. Applications received by deadline will receive first consideration, applications received after deadline will be considered until the positions are filled.
Available from September 2016.
Candidate profile please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/studentships/