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Transiting extra-solar planets with WASP-South (Prof Coel Hellier, Dr John Southworth and Dr Pierre Maxted)

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Project Description

Keele University operates the WASP-South observatory in South Africa, as part of the award-winning Wide-Angle Search for Planets (WASP) project. The WASP-South instrument is the leading transit-survey in the Southern hemisphere, and has found the brightest transiting exoplanets in the Southern skies. Such systems are the best probes we have of the nature and evolution of planets.

There is an opportunity to join in the discovery of transiting exoplanets, to lead follow-up studies of exoplanets using ground-based observatories such as ESO’s 3.6-m/HARPS and the VLT, and satellites such as Kepler/K2, and to contribute to the improvement and development of the WASP-South observatory as we push WASP-South towards the discovery of smaller planets, and as we prepare for the era of the TESS mission.

Funding Notes

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.

Closing date:
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.

References

For candidate profile: Please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/studentships/

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