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Star formation in the Magellanic Clouds (Dr Joana Oliveira)

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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are the nearest templates for the detailed study of star formation under metal-poor conditions. These galaxies mirror the conditions typical of galaxies during the early phases of their assembly, providing a stepping stone to understand star formation at high redshift where such processes can not be directly observed. Furthermore, they provide the exciting new opportunity of bridging the gap between star formation processes on large galactic-wide scales and on the small scales of individual young stellar objects.

Dr. Joana Oliveira is an expert on star formation studies in these galaxies. Her research lends itself to observational PhD projects addressing different facets of the star formation process, for instance the study of the detailed chemistry of gas, dust and ice in the environments of young massive stars in the Clouds, or using galaxy-wide photometric surveys to constrain the Initial mass function and star formation rates across the whole system in order to link the environmental conditions to the star formation outcomes. A PhD student would have the opportunity to work with data from state of the art facilities like the Herschel
and Spitzer Space Telescopes, ESO/VLT, VISTA etc.

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 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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