[ASA] PhD scholarships at Swinburne University

Chris Blake cblake at swin.edu.au
Sat Mar 5 17:21:35 AEDT 2016

Dear ASA Members,

We would be grateful if you could bring the following to the attention of interested students.

PhD Scholarships at Swinburne University: Expressions of Interest due 15 April


The Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing (CAS) at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) invites applications for its PhD program and scholarships from Australian and international students.  Expressions of Interest for PhD scholarships beginning in late 2016 are due by April 15, 2016.

With around 18 research faculty, 20 postdoctoral researchers and 30 graduate students from two dozen different countries, CAS offers a vibrant, research-focused and friendly atmosphere where PhD students help conduct - and learn how to lead - cutting-edge research.

CAS has a collaborative agreement with Caltech guaranteeing up to 15 nights per year on the 10-m Keck Telescopes (Hawaii).  We also play a key role in scientific and engineering developments leading to the Square Kilometre Array, the next-generation radio telescope.  CAS hosts some of Australia's most powerful supercomputers.

Our research strengths cover many areas of astronomy, from cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe, to quasars and the most distant known galaxies, to clusters and groups of galaxies, down to our own Milky Way, its structure and fascinating contents: pulsars, neutron stars, globular clusters, stars and planets.  We also research 3-D visualisation techniques and applications of advanced scientific computing.

PhD scholarships are available for both Australian and international students, with tax-free stipends starting at AUD$26,288 p.a. with tuition fees waived.  In addition to their scholarship stipend, students are allocated a high-end computer and may access research funds for telescope observing trips, conferences etc.

Swinburne's Hawthorn campus is situated in a lively, urban setting just minutes by public transport from Melbourne's city centre.  Other benefits include thesis publication allowance, standard 4-week p.a. annual holiday leave plus sick leave (including carer leave), paid maternity (12 weeks) and partner leave entitlements.

CAS is committed to promoting a positive workplace culture which embraces diversity, and providing a supportive and equitable environment for all staff and students.

For details about postgraduate study at CAS, including available supervisors, PhD topics and how to apply, see http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/study/postgradstudy.html

Potential students are also invited to contact Dr Chris Blake (cblake at swin.edu.au), Graduate Admissions Coordinator, with any enquiries.
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