Galaxy populations behind the Magellanic Clouds (Dr Jacco van Loon)
The VISTA Magellanic Clouds survey (VMC) is near its completion of the by far - deepest and most detailed near-infrared mapping of the nearby Magellanic Clouds galaxies, the region in between them, and several flanking fields. This provides a fantastic opportunity for an unbiased near-infrared based selection of background galaxies. Preliminary work has already uncovered galaxies at redshifts between 4, some with active nuclei and some with strong absorption line systems arising in foreground gas-rich objects. Combination with equally superb mid- and far-infrared maps from the SAGE and HERITAGE projects, radio continuum surveys, and X-ray observations offer a wealth of data to characterise the galaxies and identify both trends and outliers. (An example of the latter was our discovery of a modest-mass early-type galaxy hosting an oversized black hole.) While ample data are available for galaxy population and clustering analysis and the creation of a catalogue and atlas, these will also yield various types of targets for follow-up observations (spectroscopic and Hubble Space Telescope and/or James Webb Space Telescope high-resolution images) in which the student will take a leading role.
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.
For candidate profile please see: http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/studentships/