Star Formation in Cluster Galaxies
As part of its ambitious expansion plans, the University of Hull is pleased to announce the availability of 4 new PhD studentships within its flagship E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics; spanning the sub-atomic to the largest scales in the Universe, the successful candidates will enjoy a dynamic and collaborative research experience with the country’s newest astrophysics group.
This particular PhD studentship is geared towards understanding the evolution of galaxies that reside within rich clusters throughout the cosmic web.
Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. Their atmospheres—the hot intra-cluster medium—constitute the bulk of the observable baryons. However, the microphysics and plasma properties of the intra-cluster medium are still ill-constrained. The cluster environment has a considerable effect on the cluster galaxies. For example, galaxies entering clusters shut down their star formation, most likely due to being stripped off their gas by the head wind they experience while moving through the cluster atmosphere. The interaction of the galaxies with the hot cluster gas involves a large range of scales, from sub-parsec scales to hundreds of kpc, and from tens of Kelvin to tens of millions of Kelvin. Studying the galaxy-cluster gas interaction therefore sheds light on, both, the evolution of cluster galaxies and on astrophysical plasma physics.
The PhD project will focus on simulations of cluster galaxies, and the student will have the opportunity to work with observational data throughout the electromagnetic spectrum from the world's best telescopes, made available through our international collaborators. The simulations will guide further observing strategies, and possibly contribute to the design of future observatories, thus equipping the student with a highly desirable set of skills.
The ideal candidate will already have experience in numerical simulations, extragalactic astrophysics, interest in observations, and excellent communication skills.
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In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1, or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,057 in 2015/16) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.
Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.
PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.
Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30th April 2016 at the latest.