[ASA] PhD scholarship – Stellar spectroscopy to probe fundamental physics

Michael Murphy mmurphy at swin.edu.au
Mon Oct 29 11:31:34 AEDT 2018

Dear colleagues,

I would be very grateful if you would forward this notice for a PhD scholarship at Swinburne to your local and international networks.

Expressions of Interest<http://www.astronomy.swin.edu.au/study/postgradstudy.html> from domestic and international students are invited for a PhD scholarship on a new project to test the fundamental laws of nature using precision stellar spectroscopy. The project goal is to test possible variations in electromagnetism's strength as a function of dark matter density across our Galaxy. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Michael Murphy in the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS)<http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/> at Swinburne University of Technology<https://www.swinburne.edu.au/> (Melbourne, Australia) to assist in a large spectroscopic survey and a targeted, high-precision program with the new ESPRESSO spectrograph on the VLT. A brief description of the project can be found here<http://www.astronomy.swin.edu.au/study/phdprojects.html#phdproject_mmurphy_twins>.

The PhD scholarship is for 3 years with a possible 6 month extension, with conditions and stipend reflecting those of the Australian Government's Research Training Program<https://www.education.gov.au/research-training-program>. An additional AUD$3,000 per annum top-up to the stipend will be made for 3 years.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest<http://www.astronomy.swin.edu.au/study/postgradstudy.html> is Friday, 12 November.

CAS is one of Australia's largest astronomy research centres, with 23 academic staff, 17 postdoctoral researchers and 35 PhD students, with 30-40% growth expected over the next 2 years. It is the only Australian institute with guaranteed access to the world's largest optical telescopes: the twin 10-m W.M. Keck telescopes in Hawaii. CAS astronomers also access ESO's 8-m VLT in Chile via Australia's recent partnership with ESO. CAS hosts OzGrav and is a partner in ASTRO 3D, two $40m Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence, and houses OzStar, the Australian GPU Supercomputer for Theoretical Astrophysics. CAS is strongly committed to diversity and to equity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates of any gender, orientation, nationality, and background.

Applicants can find more information, including instructions for how to apply and the subsequent process, here<http://www.astronomy.swin.edu.au/study/postgradstudy.html>. For further, specific queries about the project and scholarship, please contact Prof. Michael Murphy <mmurphy at swin.edu.au<mailto:mmurphy at swin.edu.au>>. For enquiries about the application system and process, please contact Dr. Edward Taylor <entaylor at swin.edu.au<mailto:entaylor at swin.edu.au>>.

Professor Michael T. Murphy,
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing,
Swinburne University of Technology,
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