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Warwick Astronomy PhD Opportunities

Applications for PhD places with an October 2024 start are now closed. If you applied, thank you. We will inform you if you have been shortlisted by the end of January from the email address; please check your spam folders, if necessary. Shortlisted candidates who are in the UK on February 12th, 14th or 15th, 2024 will be invited to visit.

For queries, please see our Frequently Asked QuestionsLink opens in a new window page, which also contains contact information.

Potential Astronomy PhD Projects for a October 2024 start

Supervisor: Heather Cegla. Project Title: Understanding stellar variability and improving exoplanet characterisationLink opens in a new window

Supervisor: Siddharth Gandhi. Project Title: Characterising the atmospheres of exoplanets with ground-based and JWST observationsLink opens in a new window

Supervisor: Boris Gänsicke. Project Title: Remnants of planetary systems around white dwarfsLink opens in a new window

Supervisor: Joseph Lyman. Project Title: The explosion environments and host galaxies of SupernovaeLink opens in a new window

Supervisor: Ingrid Pelisoli. Project Title: Investigating the origin of the lowest-mass white dwarf starsLink opens in a new window

Supervisor: Don Pollacco. Project Title: Monitoring and characterising the traffic in cis-lunar orbitsLink opens in a new window

Supervisors: Danny Steeghs/Joseph Lyman. Project Title: Time-domain astronomy related to extragalactic transients and stellar explosionsLink opens in a new window

Supervisors: Krzysztof Ulaczyk & Danny Steeghs. Project Title: Variability surveys in crowded fieldsLink opens in a new window

Supervisor: Peter Wheatley. Project Title: Mapping the climate systems and the evaporation of exoplanet atmospheresLink opens in a new window

Supervisor: Thomas Wilson. Project Titles: Discovering exoplanets around compositionally-diverse starsLink opens in a new window and Mitigating stellar signals in exoplanet dataLink opens in a new window

HetSys PhD Project for an October 2024 start

Both the Astronomy group and the Centre for Fusion Space and Astrophysics are offering a joint industry-related PhD project with the company QinetiQLink opens in a new window in the EPSRC-supported Centre for Doctoral Training, "HetSysLink opens in a new window". The name of the project is "Modelling extreme magnetosphere-atmosphere interactionsLink opens in a new window" supervised jointly by Ravindra DesaiLink opens in a new window and Dimitri VerasLink opens in a new window. The application programme code, deadline, shortlisting, recruitment process and contacts are completely separate from those of the above projects. Please see this pageLink opens in a new window for the HetSys application details; this project requires a separate application form to be submitted.

Overview of Astronomy research areas

White dwarfs and the local stellar neighbourhoodLink opens in a new window

Key staff: Coppejans, Gänsicke, Pelisoli, Steeghs, Tremblay, Veras

Our main interest is the study of compact stellar remnants, both single and in interacting binaries. We pursue population studies using large surveys, precision studies with custom high-time resolution instruments as well as detailed theoretical modeling.

Extra-solar planetsLink opens in a new window

Key staff: Armstrong, Bayliss, Brogi, Brown, Cegla, Gandhi, Gänsicke, Pollacco, Strøm, Veras, West, Wilson, Wheatley

Our exoplanetary activities include observation, instrumentation and theory. We are actively engaged in detecting and characterising exoplanetary systems across the full spectrum of size (gas giant, ice giant, super-Earth, terrestrial, asteroidal, dust), time (formation & evolution, main-sequence, post-main-sequence) and host-star characteristics (M stars, G stars, white dwarfs, binaries). We study planetary atmospheres, composition, habitability and dynamics.

Circumstellar discsLink opens in a new window

Key staff: Kennedy, Meru, Nealon, Veras

We study the disks that orbit other stars like our Sun using theory and observation. Some of these disks are in the process of forming planets, and others are similar to the Solar System’s Asteroid and Kuiper belts. These disks reveal information about the origins of other planetary systems, and help place the Solar System in context.

Stellar populations across cosmic time

Key staff: Lyman, Stanway

Understanding where and when galaxies formed the majority of their stars is key to understanding the processes of galaxy assembling, stripping and merging which have shaped them into the complex systems we see today. There are various approaches to this: through direct observation of young distant galaxies, through unravelling the history of today's systems, or through comparison to stellar population synthesis models.

Explosive transients and multi-messenger astronomyLink opens in a new window

Key staff: Coppejans, Lyman, Stanway, Steeghs, Ulaczyk

We have an interest in exotic and energetic transients where we chase the transients themselves as well as the host galaxies they occur in. Of particular interest are short gamma-ray bursts, tidal disruption events and electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources. For the latter, the group is leading the deployment of the GOTO robotic telescope.

Space domain awarenessLink opens in a new window

Key staff: Chote, McCormac, Pollacco

We tackle issues relating to the safety and sustainability of satellite operations in the space domain. Research activities include:

  • the timely acquisition of precise datasets to detect, track and/or characterise objects in orbit;
  • the fusion of physical and human-based information for improved object tracking;
  • the modelling and prediction of space weather, and the quantification of associated risk.