[ASA] PhD Positions in Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics at UQ

Benjamin Pope b.pope at uq.edu.au
Wed Apr 14 16:55:06 AEST 2021

Dear ASA colleagues,

I'm very happy to say that we have two PhD positions available at UQ. Perhaps you would like to pass this information on to any bright students interested in exoplanets who might not have been able to find RTP funding.

These studentships are associated with my ARC DECRA project "Getting to Know the Neighbours: Naked-Eye Stars and Their Planets", which aims to use TESS, Kepler, JWST, and ground-based observations to study the brightest stars in the sky, with a view to both stellar physics and exoplanetary science.

Possible student projects on this theme could be construed in quite a broad sense, and might include very computational work developing new data analysis techniques, or more classical astronomy applying our techniques to observations.

Can we get JWST to look at targets that are ordinarily too bright, like the asteroid Ceres? Can do we do asteroseismology from sparse, irregularly-sampled data? What can we learn from TESS about the stars visible to the naked eye?

The DECRA studentships are open to people of any citizenship, but regrettably they have to be resident in Australia at the time of application due to COVID restrictions. I am of course very happy to take students with RTPs as well!

Funding commences in July 2021, and I'd hope to be able to recruit students to start soon after this but there is some flexibility.

Kind regards,

Benjamin Pope


Dr Benjamin Pope (he/him)
Lecturer in Astrophysics
School of Mathematics & Physics
University of Queensland
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