[ASA] PhD Scholarship in Star Clusters and Stellar Evolution at Macquarie University

Richard de Grijs richard.de-grijs at mq.edu.au
Mon Sep 16 08:02:56 AEST 2019

Dear colleagues,

I would like to bring to your attention the availability of a PhD scholarship (for domestic students/Australian passport holders) at Macquarie University. Please pass this on to Honours and Masters students who might be interested in applying. As the studentship needs to be filled this year, we encourage any suitable and potentially interested candidates to contact us by the end of October.

Best regards,
Richard de Grijs

The Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics at Macquarie University (MQAAAstro) invites Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified domestic students to complete their PhD in astronomy and astrophysics under the joint supervision of Prof. Richard de Grijs and Dr. Devika Kamath. Expressions of Interest submitted by 31 October 2019 will receive full consideration.

MQAAAstro is one of the largest and fastest-growing astronomical centres of research excellence in Australia, committed to investing in the next generation of researchers. At MQAAAstro we offer a uniquely wide range of opportunities for collaborations in observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, astrophotonics, instrumentation, and education. MQAAAstro has about 70 members, including teaching and research staff, postdoctoral research fellows, postgraduate students, research associates and honorary associates. Macquarie University has recently acquired the lead node of the new Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO-MQ) whose staff are engaged in astronomical instrumentation design and construction as well as astronomical research. We are also located in close proximity to CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS).

PhD Project Background:
 Star clusters as probes of stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis.

Star clusters are ideal probes to test theories of stellar evolution, because they contain stars of similar age, composition and mass. Using a suite of multi-wavelength observations of star clusters and state-of-the-art theoretical stellar and nucleosynthesis models, this project aims to address gaps in our current understanding of the physical and nucleosynthetic processes that govern the evolution of stars and the production of their elements. The observational data set includes multi-wavelength spectroscopic observations from all-sky surveys such as GALAH, APOGEE, and other ground-based facilities such as those undertaken with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope; astrometric data from the Gaia satellite; and photometric measurements.

This project will involve collaborations with leading Australian and international research teams. The successful candidate will have ample opportunities to establish a strong network of international collaborators.

Entry requirements:

The ideal candidate must have met the formal requirements for direct entry into the PhD program at Macquarie University. The minimum requirements are:

-    Completion of a Master of Research (MRes) with a grade of at least a Distinction level (75% or greater in the second year) or
-    A two-year Masters degree with a major research component at Distinction level (75% or greater).

Peer-reviewed research output may be taken into consideration for admission to the program.

Note that this opportunity is only open to Australian passport holders.

Expressions of Interest should be sent to Prof. Richard de Grijs (richard.de-grijs at mq.edu.au<mailto:richard.de-grijs at mq.edu.au>) by 31 October 2019 and should include a CV, transcripts of undergraduate and any Masters’ (Honours) studies along with a one-page research interest statement.

For any further specific queries, please contact Prof. Richard de Grijs (richard.de-grijs at mq.edu.au<mailto:richard.de-grijs at mq.edu.au>) and/or Dr. Devika Kamath (devika.kamath at mq.edu.au<mailto:devika.kamath at mq.edu.au>).

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University is strongly committed to diversity and equity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates of any gender, orientation, nationality and background. See this link for details:

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