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Dr Simon Purser

Name: Dr Simon Purser
Title:   Post Doc Researcher
E-Mail: purser@cp.dias.ie
Address: Astronomy & Astrophysics Section, 31 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 D02-XF86

Biographical sketch:   Simon Purser attained his PhD from the University of Leeds at the end of 2017. Shortly afterwards, in November 2017, he began his first post-doctoral research position within the Astronomy and Astrophysics section of the School of Cosmic Physics with Professor Tom Ray. Primarily his research is focused on examining the processes responsible for the formation of stars similar, in mass, to our sun. More specifically he is using radio observations to elucidate the     physics behind the high-velocity, ionised jets which are launched as by-products of this process.


2017-12-05, 2pm, Prof. Andrea Ferrara (Scuola Normale Superiore), The Interstellar Medium of High Redshift Galaxies


2017-11-29, 3pm, Prof. Ilaria Pascucci (University of Arizona), Angular Momentum Transport in Protoplanetary Disks: Re-distribute or extract, that is the question


Dr Eamonn O’Gorman

Eamonn O’Gorman: former IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2016-2017

2017-11-16, 3pm, Dr. Christian Schneider (Hamburger Sternwarte), X-rays and the hot side of star formation


2017-11-15, 3pm, Dr. Morgan Fraser (University College Dublin), The golden age of transient astronomy


Science Week at Dunsink Observatory

Kick Off Science Week at Dunsink Observatory

Seanie Morris talks about Space and Telescopes of the Future
Sunday November 12th at 7:20 pm

Free Event, ample free parking

Advance booking required: Book here

Family Open Night, November 22nd

Big Bear Planetarium at Dunsink Observatory: “BACK TO MARS FOR GOOD”

Using state-of-the-art Fulldome 360-degree 3D digital projection technology with stunning graphics and advanced computer simulations. This is a  fully interactive learning environment which is educational and fun. Discover the many fascinating facts about our Universe and learn from qualified Astro Officers.

Starts at 7:00 pm,  Free Event and ample Free Parking

Advance booking required:  Fully Booked

PhD scholarship (MKIDs)

PhD scholarship to work in the design and development of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs)

The Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS) is offering a four year PhD scholarship to work in the design and development of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) for use in optical/near-infrared astronomy. The successful student will join the new MKIDs group led by Professor Tom Ray and funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). This project is in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University, the University of Oxford and the Netherlands Institute for Space Research.

Requirements: applicants need to have gained a first class or upper second honours degree (or equivalent) or a master’s degree in physics, astronomy or a related discipline. A good command of English, to at least IELTS level 6.5, is also required for international applicants. Students will be expected to start in early 2018.

Benefits: The salary scale is in line with that for SFI students (currently 18,500 euro per year tax free). All university tuition fees, travel expenses, etc., are covered separately by DIAS. DIAS is an equal opportunity employer.

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Section of DIAS, where the successful student will be based, is located in the center of Dublin. About 25 scientists work in the section on a variety of problems including star formation, supernovae, massive stars and astronomical detector development. We also have guaranteed time on JWST, LOFAR, and other facilities.

For enquires please contact Prof Tom Ray (tr@cp.dias.ie) from whom further details can be obtained.

Applicants should include the following documents with their application: degree certificates and transcript of records, a brief description of their research interests and experience, along with the names and contact details of two referees who can be approached for letters of recommendation. Completed applications (prefarably as one PDF file) should be sent directly to Eileen Flood (eflood@cp.dias.ie) and those submitted by 18th December 2017 will receive our full consideration.

Photos from DIAS School of Cosmic Physics Statutory Public Lecture 2017 (19th October 2017)

“Brave new worlds: the planets in our galaxy” by Professor Giovanna Tinetti, University College London  (abstract)

Prof. Giovanna Tinetti (Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University College London)

l-r : Prof. Gerry Wrixon (Chairman, Governing Board of the School of Cosmic Physics, DIAS) Prof. Giovanna Tinetti (Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University College London) Dr Eucharia Meehan (Registrar and CEO of DIAS)

l-r: Prof. Gerry Wrixon (Chairman, Governing Board of the School of Cosmic Physics, DIAS), Dr Eucharia Meehan (Registrar and CEO of DIAS), Prof. Chris Bean (Head of the Geophysics Section, School of Cosmic Physics, DIAS), Prof. Giovanna Tinetti (Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University College London), Prof. Luke Drury (Director of the School of Cosmic Physics, DIAS and Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Section), Dr Deirdre Coffey (Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Space Science at UCD School of Physics), Prof. Martin Grünewald (Professor of Experimental Physics and Head of the UCD School of Physics)

RTE documentary on LOFAR – Thursday 19th October

Tonight RTE 1 screens a documentary on how Ireland built part the largest radio telescope in the World. LOFAR (The Low-Frequency Array) is an international effort to study the Universe at the lowest radio frequencies, straddling either side of the familiar VHF band. Historical resonances abound in that the radio telescope is on the same site as the famous Leviathan of Parsonstown, once the largest optical telescope in the World. Amazingly there is so little radio interference nearby, that it is the radio equivalent of a pristine site high in the Andes when it comes to seeing the stars!

DIAS is a partner in LOFAR and will use it to study the birth of stars and planets. We will also contribute to the complex software required to operate such a telescope across the European continent with our international partners.

The LOFAR Telescope in Birr, County Offaly. DIAS is part of the Irish consortium that constructed it and we will use it to study how stars like our Sun are born and also how they die.